The Andean Integration System (SAI) is a set of bodies and institutions forming part of the Andean Community, designed to allow for an effective coordination between them in order to maximize subregional Andean integration, promote their external projection and strengthen the actions related to the integration process.

The SAI comprises the following bodies and institutions: Andean Presidential Council; Andean Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers; the Andean Community Commission; Andean Community General Secretariat; Andean Community Court of Justice; Andean Parliament; Business Consultative Council; Labor Consultative Council; Andean Development Corporation; Latin American Reserve Fund; Simón Rodríguez Agreement, Andean Health Organization - Hipólito Unanue Agreement; and Simón Bolívar Andean University, Consultative Council of Indigenous Peoples.

These bodies and institutions are governed by the Cartagena Agreement and by the respective incorporation treaties and amending protocols.

Reprensentatives’ Meetings

The Reprensentatives of the institutions forming part of the SAI hold regular meetings at least once each year, as well as special meetings whenever requested by any of its member institutions. The meetings are held in a location agreed to before hand.

The meetings are organized and chaired by the Chairman of the Andean Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers. The Andean Community General Secretariat acts as Meeting Secretary.

For a better level of coordination in the Andean Integration System, the Chairman of the Andean Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers will organize and chair the Meeting of the Reprensentatives of the institutions comprising the System.

Objectives of the meetings
a) Exchange information on the activities carried out by the respective institutions in complying with the Directives issued by the Andean Presidential Council;

b) Examine the possibility and convenience of having all the institutions, or some of them, make decisions on the undertaking of coordinated actions with the purpose of contributing to the achievement of the Andean Integration System objectives; and,

c) Submit to the Andean Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers, in an extended meeting, reports concerning the activities conducted in pursuit of the Directives received.


Most of the bodies and institutions presently forming part of the Andean Integration System were created during the first ten years of the process. When the Protocol of Trujillo went into effect in 1997, Andean institutionality was given its present structure. The process is presently conducted by the Andean Presidential Council and the Andean Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers, which are political bodies, and not only by the Commission, which is a commercial body, as was the case before.

The bodies and institutions are coordinated and structured into the Andean Integration System. Not only does the General Secretariat have the technical support attributes of the old Cartagena Agreement Meeting, but executive attributes as well.



For further information see the following documents:
Cartagena Agreement
Sucre Protocol