Olade - Latin American Energy Organization

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) is an intergovernmental public body of cooperation, coordination and technical advisory, established on November 2, 1973 by signing the Lima Agreement, ratified by 27 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the fundamental objective of promoting the integration, conservation, rational use, commercialization and defense of the region’s energy resources.

How was it created?

OLADE, arises from the search for a new equitable economic relationship between Latin American and Caribbean countries, in a regional context marked by large imbalances between the structure of energy consumption and the ability to satisfy it with local resources. At the beginning of the 1970s, during the oil price crisis, the energy authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean, as a result of two consultative meetings, valuing integration as an encouraging option for covering the energy needs of the region and a gradual solution to the large gaps in the trade balances of the oil importing countries, the establishment of a regional body dedicated to energy development was considered.

Aware of the need to coordinate actions for the development of energy resources and jointly address problems related to their efficient and rational use, the region’s energy ministers gathered in Lima, Peru to constitute an intergovernmental body aimed at promoting the use of energy resources as a factor of regional integration, reaffirming the importance of coordinating solidarity actions for their defense and preservation.

In this context, the plenipotentiaries designated by the founding Member States, on November 2, 1973, signed the Lima Agreement, an instrument that, at the forefront of its times, proposes, through the creation of a cooperation and advisory body, promoting energy integration based on solidarity of actions for the independent development of energy resources. In order to achieve these ends, the OLADE constitutive treaty proposes the promotion of effective national policies aimed at guaranteeing the rational use of energy resources, serving as a platform for the design and implementation of a regional energy policy that enables Member Countries to insert themselves as a block in the international scene. In this sense, the Lima Agreement includes among the objectives and functions of OLADE, the coordination of interstate negotiations aimed at ensuring the stable and sufficient supply of the energy necessary for the integral progress of nations, tending industrialization and the corresponding development and the complementation of the infrastructure and means of transport.

Mission

To contribute to the integration, sustainable development and energy security of the region, advising and promoting cooperation and coordination among its Member Countries.

Vision

The political Organization of technical support, through which its Member States make common efforts for regional and subregional energy integration.

Executive Secretary

Numar Alfonso Blanco Bonilla

2017-2019 / 2020-2022

Since the beginning of 2017, he has held the position of Executive Secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization, a position elected by the Meeting of Energy Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean for the period 2017-2020 and reelected by the Meeting of Ministers held in Lima, Peru in November 2019 for the period 2020-2022. He is a Mechanical Industrial Engineer from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, a Master in Business Administration from the ORT University and a Diploma in Economics from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

He has an extensive career as an Energy specialist in Latin America with an emphasis on regulatory issues, energy policy, project formulation and evaluation, business development and financing models. Prior to his current position at OLADE, he was a Consultant for the World Bank, IDB, CAF and the United Nations and held senior positions within the Uruguayan government, leading various components of Uruguay’s energy transformation started in 2005.

Olade Executive Secretary's election process

OLADE’s Executive Secretary is elected by the Meeting of Ministers of Energy of Latin America and the Caribbean (the highest governance body of the organization) for a period of three years, with the possibility of a single re-election for three more years. The procedure for convening, electing and taking office is governed by the provisions of the Lima Agreement, constituent treaty of the Organization, and in observance of the provisions established for this purpose in OLADE’s General Regulations.

To occupy the position of OLADE’s Executive Secretary, the candidate must have the official application of the Ministry of Energy of their country of origin, comply with the training and professional experience requirements established in the Lima Agreement, and obtain during the process of Election of the favorable vote of at least two thirds of the Member Countries attending and with the right to vote (OLADE has 27 Member States from Latin America and the Caribbean).

The Executive Secretary in the exercise of his powers established in the Lima Agreement, is in charge of the responsibilities concerning the exercise of the institutional representation of the Organization; directly and immediately manage and administer the Permanent Secretariat and guarantee compliance with the functions assigned to the OLADE executive body. To this end, he acts as Secretary of the Meeting of Ministers and of the Council of Experts, he also exercises the legal and institutional representation of the Organization.

In November 2016, the OLADE Meeting of Ministers elected the Uruguayan Alfonso Blanco Bonilla, Mechanical Industrial Engineer from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, Master in Administration and Business from the ORT University and Diploma in Economics from the University of the Republic Oriental del Uruguay, for the period 2017-2020. At the Meeting of Ministers, held in Lima in November 2019, Alfonso Blanco was reelected for a second term from January 2020 to January 2023.

Governance Bodies

Meeting of Ministers

It is the highest authority in the hierarchical structure of the Organization. Its main functions include: the formulation of institutional policy and the approval of work plans, budgets, activity reports, balance sheets and financial statements. It is made up of the Ministers of Energy, Secretaries of State, or whoever takes their place in each Member Country.

As a governance body, it has the permanent capacity for the exercise of its powers, maintaining its composition and authority even outside its sessions. It meets ordinarily once a year, and extraordinarily when required in accordance with the provisions of the Organization’s internal regulations.

The Lima Agreement includes among its powers: recommending policy alternatives to overcome disadvantageous situations that affect the Member States; examine and evaluate the results of the activities of the Permanent Secretariat; set the contributions of the Member States; approve and modify the Internal Regulations; appoint and remove the Executive Secretary; and to know, approve or deny the entry of new Members as well as the incorporation of Permanent Observers and Non-Full Members in to OLADE.

It exercises its authority by approving guidelines and mandates contained in Ministerial Decisions, which are executed by the Permanent Secretariat with the support and advise of the Council of Experts.

Council of Experts

It is the advisory body in charge of providing technical support and assistance to the Meeting of Ministers and the Permanent Secretariat, in all matters related to the fulfillment of the objectives and functions of the Organization, in correspondence with the requests and needs of the Member States. .

It acts as a preparatory commission for the Meeting of Ministers and is in charge of carrying out studies and implementing activities entrusted to it by the highest governing body of OLADE. It is made up of Delegates appointed by the Member States.

It meets regularly twice a year, and extraordinarily according to the causes set forth in OLADE’s internal regulations.

Permanent Secretariat

Medardo Cadena

Energy Integration, Access and Security Director

Electrical Engineer from the National Polytechnic School with a Master in Business, has postgraduate studies in Regulation of Public Services and Regulation Economics. He is a main professor at the National Polytechnic School of Quito-Ecuador.

medardo.cadena@olade.org

Andrés Schuschny

Studies, Projects and Information Director

Degree in Physical Sciences (UBA) and a Doctor in Economics (UBA). He completed postgraduate studies in Mathematical and Ecological Economics. He has more than 20 years of experience as an international professor and consultant.

andres.schuschny@olade.org

Tatiana Castillo

Legal
Advisor

Lawyer graduated from the University of Havana and a Master in International Negotiations and Foreign Trade from the Institute of International Relations of the Central University of Ecuador. She has 12 years of experience in the energy sector.

tatiana.castillo@olade.org

Pablo Garcés

Technical
Advisor

Systems Engineer from the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador and has a Master’s Degree in Connectivity and Communication Networks. He has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

pablo.garces@olade.org

Begoña Andrade

Administration, Finance and Shared Services Director

Economist with a specialization in Finance from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, has a Master in Business Administration. He has solid knowledge in financial management, administrative management and project management.

begona.andrade@olade.org

Organizacional Structure

Partnerships

2017 - 2020

Inter-American Development Bank

World Bank

Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina

International Renewable Energy Agency

Hivos People unlimited

Comisión de Integración Energética Regional – CIER

Comunidad del Caribe – CARICOM

GEIDCO – Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization

Organización de los Estados Americanos – OEA

Institute of the Americas

IEE Japan

Natural Resource Governance Institute

Diálogo Energético

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Foro de Países Exportadores de Gas – GECF

United Nations Climate Change

Sistema de Integración Centroamericano SICA

Previous Years

Agencia Internacional de Energía – IEA

Parlamento Andino

Propietaria de la Red EPR

CIBIOGAS-ER

Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo – PNUD

Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe – CEPAL

Asociación de Empresas de Energías Renovables – APPA

International Copper Association – ICA

Fondo Nacional del Ambiente – FONAM

African Energy Commission – AFREC

Instituto IDEAL

Asociación Regional de Empresas de Petróleo y Gas Natural en Latinoamérica y El Caribe – ARPEL

Fundación CIRCE – Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos

Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas – CIEMAT

Grupo de Países Latinoamericanos y del Caribe Exportadores de Azúcar – GEPLACEA

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Consejo de Electrificación de América Central – CEAC

Asociación Española de la Industria Eléctrica – UNESA

Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración – ALADI

Secretaría General de la Asociación de Estados del Caribe – AEC

Centro de Pesquisas de Energía Eletrica – CEPEL

Unión Panamericana de Asociaciones de Ingenieros – UPADI

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO

Secretaría Permanente del Tratado General de Integración Económica Centroamericana – SIECA

Instituto Italo – Latinoamericano, IILA

Comunidad Andina – CAN

Parlamento Latinoamericano y Caribeño

Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de Energía – ‘IDAE

España – Ministerio de Industria y Energía MIE

2017 - 2020

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Complemento 2 del Contrato de Financiamiento entre la GIZ y OLADE suscrito: 6 de febrero de 2018

Se prolonga la fecha de finalización de la cooperación iniciada en 2017 hasta 30 de abril de 2018.

Austrian Development Agency – ADA
Acuerdo / Grant Agreement suscrito:

30 de noviembre de 2015

ARAUCLIMA

International Climate Initiative – IKI

EUROCLIMA +
Unión Europea

Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo

2017 - 2020

Universidad de Chile

The George Washington University

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

CEARE/UBA Argentina

EPN Ecuador

ESPE Ecuador

Universidad de la República Uruguay

Universidad Sorbona de Francia

Universidad Católica de Uruguay

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Previous Years

Universidad Internacional del Ecuador – UIDE

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Universidad de La Salle

Universidade Federal da Integracao Latinoa-americana UNILA

Universidad Nacional de La Plata de Argentina

Universidad Tecnológica de Jamaica – UTECH

FLACSO

Fundación Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina

Universidad Central del Ecuador

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

Escuela Politécnica Javeriana del Ecuador – ESPOJ

Universidad Central de Venezuela

Universidad Autónoma de México – UNAM

FLACSO – Guatemala

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