We are a Community of four countries that decided voluntarily to join together for the purpose of achieving more rapid, better balanced and more autonomous development through Andean, South American and Latin American integration.
We have planned to move ahead in deepening an integral integration process that will contribute effectively to sustainable and equitable human development, in order to live well, with respect for the diversity and asymmetries that agglutinate the different visions, models and approaches and that will converge in the formation of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).

Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

Andean Council of Presidents
Andean Council of Foreign Affairs
Andean Community Commission
Andean Community General Secretariat
Andean Community Court of Justice
Andean Parliament
Andean Development Corporation (CAF)
Latin American Reserve Fund (FLAR)
Andean Business Advisory Council
Andean Labor Advisory Council
Consultative Council of the Indigenous Peoples
Andean Health Body – Hipólito Unanue
Simón Rodríguez Convention
Simón Bolívar Andean University

Promote the Member Countries’ balanced and harmonious development under equitable conditions through integration and economic and social cooperation;

Step-up their growth and job creation;

Facilitate their participation in the regional integration process, with a view to the gradual formation of a Latin American common market;

Reduce the Member Countries’ external vulnerability and improve their position in the international economy;

Reinforce subregional solidarity and reduce differences in development among the Member Countries; and

Seek the continuing improvement of the living standards of the subregion’s inhabitants.

With a view toward moving ahead with the deepening of an integral integration process, the  General Secretariat’s Working Program for 2009 provides for the development of items in different political, social, cultural, environmental, trade and other spheres that will, inter alia, contribute to national efforts to fight poverty, inequality and social exclusion; recover the harmony and balance between man and nature; and make social participation and spaces for dialogue with civil society possible. 

The Working Areas provided for in this program are:


Programs with their respective Lines of Action are planned for each of these Areas, making it possible to concentrate institutional action on concrete efforts that can be evaluated periodically by the Secretariat itself and by the Member Countries.   
The creation this year of the Andean Council of Foreign Ministers, the Andean Court of Justice and the Parliament puts almost the final finishing touches to the institutional fabric of the Andean integration process.

The principle of direct applicability of Community Decisions, agreements and legislation and of their supranational nature are put into practice with the entry into effect of the Treaty Creating the Court of Justice.

The Andean countries adopt an open model of integration governed by market forces. The process is highly oriented toward trade and the results reflect this, to wit: creation of the free trade area (1993) and adoption of a common external tariff (1995).

The incorporation into the institutional structure of the Andean Council of Presidents and the Advisory Council of Foreign Ministers, together with the conversion of the Board of the Cartagena Agreement into a General Secretariat with not only technical, but also political functions gives a new political direction to the integration process --up until that moment a highly technically and trade-oriented movement.

The integration process is given a social dimension and the Andean Presidents (Quirama, 2003) mandate the establishment of an Integral Plan for Social Development.

The development issues present in the early stages are recovered for the integration process and to that end a new Strategic Design is approved with three key areas for action.

Latin American integration is incorporated into the Andean agenda as a priority objective in order to make the Andean Community a space that links up South America, Central America and the Caribbean.