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Hugo Beteta is Director of the Subregional Headquarters in Mexico of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has undertaken a wide range of research projects on community development, renewable energy, housing, electrification, water and sanitation and local (municipal) finances, among other sectors.
This report summarizes the economic and social development policy achievements of Central American countries over the past 20 years, as well as the notable obstacles to development that remain. The author identifies long-term challenges and outlines how they can be incorporated into a new development agenda.