The Latin American Association of Railroads (ALAF), founded in 1964, is an organization recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO). It mostly consists of railway companies and the industrial sector in Latin America. The headquarters is located in the City of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
ALAF is promotes a safe, efficient and economic rail transport, promoting and strengthening the axes of Latin American integration, through exchange flows to absorb the increase in traffic. To achieve this objective, it promotes public transport policy levels to ensure the participation of rail transport in a context of equity.
ALAF stimulates trade by rail and promotes technical cooperation among countries in the region, ensuring the coordination and progress of the way, together with the Latin American railway industries underpinning the development of the regional economies of the member countries. All this for the purpose of achieving social and economic integration for the benefit of the people of Latin America.
Efforts to standardize technical rules that make the rail transport way tend to the standardization of products with quality assurance also target, facilitating exchange between national and international rail networks.
Likewise, the development of infrastructure projects is driven rail transport, including transfer centers with other modes and access to ports