The Regional Council for Planning (RCP) is the subsidiary body of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) responsible for the substantive orientation of the activities of the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES). It was established in 1975 as a Technical Committee by resolution 340 (AC.66) of the Eighth Special Meeting of the ECLAC Committee of the Whole. Composed of the ministers and other planning authorities of ECLAC member States, it was renamed the Regional Council for Planning in 1988. Its agreements are recorded in resolutions that are ratified at ECLAC sessions. Together with its Presiding Officers, who meet every two years, they constitute the main bodies for guidance and consultation in the conduct of ILPES work programmes, as well as for the evaluation of their results.
Within the framework of the activities of the Regional Council for Planning, the first Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean was organized in 1977 and has gradually become the main forum for Latin American and Caribbean planning agencies to exchange and analyse the status and progress of planning in the region and the obstacles to it.
For each RCP meeting, ILPES generates a position paper with the objective of framing the analytical discussions. These historical documents are presented below, organized by stage of the Institute's thinking up to the present day.
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