This is a non-profit organization comprised of Central Securities Depositories and Clearing Houses of the Americas, headquartered in Lima, Peru. Its By-laws were established at the first General Assembly held in the city of Lima, Peru on August 10, 1999.

ACSDA's main purpose is to be a forum for the exchange of information and experiences among its members in a spirit of mutual cooperation and to promote best practice recommendations in services such as securities depository, clearance, settlement, and risk management. ACSDA's goal is also to support local markets in their efforts to adopt securities market regulations, while considering their specific circumstances and to serve as a channel for dialogue with other organizations worldwide.