Latin American Economic Outlook: working together for a better recovery

This webinar presents the findings of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2021: Working Together for a Better Recovery. It also shares policy recommendations for a strong, inclusive and environmentally sustainable recovery in Latin America. The presentation will emphasize that three areas need to be advanced in Latin America to achieve a sustainable recovery from COVID-19: climate change & the green recovery; the digital transformation; and advances in gender equality.



This webinar was held on Wednesday 16 March 2022.

About the report

The Latin American Economic Outlook 2021: Working Together for a Better Recovery aims to analyse and provide policy recommendations for a strong, inclusive and environmentally sustainable recovery in the region. The report explores policy actions to improve social protection mechanisms and increase social inclusion, foster regional integration and strengthen industrial strategies, and rethink the social contract to restore trust and empower citizens at all stages of the policy-making process. Moreover, it stresses the need to promote sustainable and adapted macro-economic frameworks to finance the recovery, as well as the importance of renewing international co-operation to support these policy actions. Finally, the publication includes three crucial cross-cutting themes: climate change and the green recovery, the digital transformation, and gender.

Download the report Latin American Economic Outlook 2021 here. The LEO is a joint annual publication produced by the OECD Development Centre, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the European Union (EU). It is the first pillar of the EU Regional Facility for Development in Transition for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Meet the speakers and chair

Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir has been the Director of OECD Development Centre since 16 August 2021. Ms. Árnadóttir served as Minister of Industry and Commerce in Iceland from 2013-2017 and was an elected Member of Parliament for the Independence Party from 2007-2016. Before being elected to Parliament, she was successively a political advisor to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister. She also worked for the Trade Council of Iceland both in New York and in Reykjavík. A nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Centre, she is also a Board member of RÚV (Icelandic National Broadcasting Company) and of the American-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce. She was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Duty Free Iceland, and a member of the Board of Directors of Landsvirkjun (national power company).

Adriana Arreaza Coll is Director of Macoreconomic Studies at CAF, Development Bank of Latin America. She coordinates the team of country economists and contributes to CAF’s research publications. She is also Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. She previously worked at the Research Department of the Central Bank of Venezuela. She received her BA in Economics at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and her PhD in Economics at Brown University.

Ignacio Corlazzoli Hughes has had a long and successful professional career at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). He has served as Operations Consultant; Country Coordinator for Belize and Haiti; State Modernization Operations Specialist in Mexico, Central America, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti; Counselor for Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia before the Executive Board; Advisor to the Office of the President; Lead Specialist of the Office of Strategic Alliances; Representative of the IADB Group in Europe and Israel and, lastly in Colombia. In March 2022, Ignacio was appointed Manager in Europe, Asia and the Middle East at CAF, Development Bank of Latin America.

Sebastián Nieto-Parra co-ordinates the flagship report on Latin America, "Latin American Economic Outlook" and the "Multi-Dimensional Studies" of countries in the region. He has contributed to numerous OECD reports on emerging markets. His research also focuses on financing policies for development, welfare, productivity, social inclusion, institutions and economic policies in the region. Prior to joining the OECD, Sebastian Nieto-Parra was economist responsible for Latin America at Santander Bank in Madrid. He previously worked as an official at the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance of Colombia. He holds a PhD in economics from Sciences Po Paris where he currently teaches on Latin American development.

Chris Alden is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at LSE.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.

The Latin American and Caribbean Center at LSE supports the research of faculty from nearly every department across the School whose research is principally focused on or relevant to the region. Research expertise covers themes on which Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the social sciences and humanities such as democratisation, citizenship and human rights, decentralisation and governance, violence, inequality and inclusionary initiatives for women, indigenous groups and youth.