BIS Representative Office for the Americas

The Representative Office for the Americas in Mexico City was established in 2002 to further develop BIS activities in the Americas in close coordination with the head office in Basel.

The Americas Office's primary activities include:

  • strengthening the relationship of the BIS with central banks and other relevant institutions in the region, and promoting cooperation among them
  • developing research on issues related to regional financial markets, monetary policy or financial stability
  • facilitating the organisation of meetings and networks for central banks to analyse key topics in the region

These activities are implemented by the Economics for Latin America and the Caribbean (ELAC) group, based in Mexico City.

Consultative Council for the Americas

The Consultative Council for the Americas (CCA) was established in 2008 as an advisory committee to the BIS Board of Directors. It comprises the Governors of BIS member central banks in the Americas: those of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the United States. The CCA is currently chaired by Julio Velarde, Governor of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru.

The Americas Office provides secretariat support to three groups steered by senior officials of the CCA that engage in collaborative activities:

  • Scientific Committee: organises research conferences and networks in the area of macroeconomics and monetary policy
  • Consultative Group of Directors of Financial Stability (CGDFS): promotes collaboration on issues and research related to financial stability
  • Consultative Group of Directors of Operations (CGDO): fosters the exchange of views and analysis on financial market developments and central bank operations

Previous chairs

Jan 2016- Dec 2017 Stephen S Poloz, Governor, Bank of Canada
Jan 2014- Dec 2015  José Darío Uribe, former Governor, Bank of the Republic, Colombia
Jan 2012- Dec 2013 Agustín Carstens, former Governor, Bank of Mexico
Jan 2011- Dec 2011 José de Gregorio, former Governor, Central Bank of Chile
Feb 2010- Dec 2010 Henrique de Campos Meirelles, former Governor, Central Bank of Brazil
Jun 2008- Jan 2010 Martin Redrado, former Governor, Central Bank of Argentina


Contact the Americas Office

Chief Representative: Enrique Alberola
Torre Chapultepec
Rubén Dario, 281
11580 México, DF

Tel: +52 55 91380290
Fax: +52 55 91380299
Email: americas@bis.org