The Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) is an inter-regional cooperative organization with 36 member countries (East Asia 16, LAC 20) that came together for the first time to form an official and regular dialogue channel between the two regions.
East Asia and Latin America, both comprised mainly of developing countries, are economically dynamic and complementary to each other. With the rising global trend of regional cooperation, the need for intercontinental cooperation between East Asia and Latin America arose since there was no official cooperative mechanism bridging the two regions.
In September of 1998, a concrete proposal to enhance the relations of the two regions was initiated by the then Prime Minister of Singapore Gho Chok Tong. Subsequently the EALAF (East Asia-Latin America Forum) Senior Officials' Meeting was held in Singapore in 1999, marking the beginning of FEALAC. At the first Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Santiago, Chile in 2001, EALAF was officially renamed FEALAC.
FEALAC mainly consists of regular meetings held at three levels : the Foreign Ministers, the Senior Officials and the Working Level Officials. In addition, member countries carry out voluntarily National Projects under four Working Groups :
W/G 1: Working Group on Socio-Political, Disaster Management
W/G 2: Working Group on Trade, Investment, SMEs and Sustainable Development
W/G 3: Working Group on Tourism, Youth, Culture and Sports
W/G 4: Working Group on Innovation, Education, Science and Technology
FEALAC aims to promote cooperation, better understanding, and political and economic dialogue between East Asia and Latin America in order to achieve more effective, cooperative, and fruitful relations in all areas.