The Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) carries out an agenda for institutional capacities building, generation of knowledge, consolidation of statistical information, and promotion of strategic dialogues. We contribute to the convergence of strategic experiences on the region, we support cooperation between the IDB member countries, we promote physical connectivity, training in negotiation and trade policies, and we encourage the creation of ventures with regional impact that contribute to productive diversification. Through contests, seminars, conferences, collective intelligence meetings and open knowledge, we put innovation and creativity at the service of regional integration and trade to improve lives.

INTAL History

INTAL was created in 1965 thanks to decisive support from the countries in the region, which gave it the difficult mission of articulating the integration effort for Latin America and the Caribbean. At that time, discussions in the region were taking place in an international context marked by the Cold War, the difficulty of consolidating democratic regimes, the beginnings of social upheaval, and a trade system that was seeking to pave a way forward by means of new institutions and rules of play.

The challenges of adding value to exports, improving the terms of trade, incorporating industrialization strategies, reaching equilibrium in the balance of payments, and achieving diversified global integration with social inclusion were defined within the public agenda in fairly similar terms to those we use today.

The desire for integration had been expressed through the Latin American Free Trade Association (ALALC) and the Central American Common Market, but it still was far from being a political, economic, and social force capable of overcoming the obstacles of the times. National economies functioned as watertight compartments that were walled off by high customs barriers. In this context, the first president of the IDB, Felipe Herrera, made numerous presentations that helped consolidate the idea that the IDB should play an important role in Latin America’s economic integration.

At INTAL’s inaugural ceremony, in the company of the president of Argentina of the time, Arturo Illia, Felipe Herrera said: “In each of our countries, associations and groups are emerging today with the aim of promoting economic and political integration, just like the societies and organizations in colonial Spanish America that incubated new ideas and nurtured the message of emancipation. INTAL is a product of these new motivations and therefore its task is two-fold. Its role is to study the problematic aspects of integration objectively and research into ways and means of solving them. But at the same time, it must serve as a meeting place for those Latin Americans who, in different areas of activity, are part of the quest for procedures that will enable us to build our community of nations rapidly. Although you are part of a technical body, your work will imply great commitment, because it is academic work at the service of a cause: the cause of Latin America.”

Since 2014, INTAL is leaded by Gustavo Beliz. 



Name    Position
Abeledo, Ximena   Consultant
Acquaotta, Melina    Consultant
Basco, Ana Ines    Integration and Trade Specialist.
Beliz, Gustavo    Director
Benítez, Andrea Verónica    Consultant
Chelala, Santiago    Consultant
Codoni, Soledad    Consultant
Conte Grand, Ramiro    Consultant
De Azevedo, Belisario   Consultant
Estévez, Ignacio Manuel   Senior Integracion & Trade Associate
Fernández Moujan, María    Resource Planning and Administration Specialist
Freytag, Verónica    Administration and Resource Planning – Sr. Analyst
Grondona, Pedro    Consultant
Guevara Sanguinetti, Jorge    Consultant
Mansilla Derqui, Ignacio    Consultant
Mazzella, Federico    Consultant
Pernas, Mariana    Consultant
Piasentini, Eugenia    Consultant
Radl, Alejandra    Senior Integration & Trade Associate
Skronski, Matias    Consultant
Spadavecchia, Marcela Edith   Consultant
Toscani, Verónica    Integration & Trade - Sr. Analyst
Vazano, Pablo   Consultant
Yebra Diez, Jimena    Consultant



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