Its principal functions are to advance ECPA activities with the support of the Technical Coordination Unit, promote political dialogue, foster the exchange of best practices, contribute to capacity-building, and facilitate regional coordination and diplomacy on matters relating to energy.
At the Second ECPA Ministerial Meeting, held in Merida, Mexico, in May 2015, authorities stressed the need to boost operational aspects of the Partnership. To that end, they established a Steering Committee which guides ECPA's activities. That collegiate body furnishes governments with an appropriate forum in which they can play a leadership role, foster actions by both the public and private sectors, and identify the resources needed to implement initiatives.
During the Third ECPA Ministerial Meeting, held in Viña del Mar, Chile, in September 2017, Argentina and Panama joined the ECPA Steering Committee, joining Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico the United States, and Trinidad and Tobago.