Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division, promotes the creation and growth of dynamic firms in Latin American and Caribbean countries with the capacities and tools to innovate and compete in international markets.
Areas of Action
INNOVATION IN FIRMS
Economic growth depends on private sector investment in innovation and new technologies. More >>
Successful firms are parts of extensive networks in which they compete as much as they collaborate, learn, gain critical mass and share public inputs to make a unique mark in the local and global marketplace. More >>
The ability of a country to adapt and take advantage of technological changes and dynamics of the global context depends upon its entrepreneurs. More >>
INSTITUTIONS AND ENVIRONMENT
Solid institutions and enabling environments are crucial for promoting competitiveness and innovation in firms. More >>
News and Articles
As part of the initial activities, REACH is launching in August, 2015, a Caribbean Innovation Contest (CIC), through which entrepreneurs and firms can propose their ideas and develop them into profitable business models, while participating in training events, workshops and bootcamps to be held in different Caribbean countries. Furthermore, CIC will allow winners to have access to expert mentors to support the process of idea commercialization. CIC winners will also have the chance to participate in the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas finals in May, 2016
The future of competitiveness and innovation policies in the Caribbean region was the focus of the IDB’s “Regional Policy Dialogue on Innovation, Science and Technology” held in Barbados on April 29-30. In light of recent IDB publication DIA "Rethinking the Production Development", government representatives from 13 countries discussed the need to prioritize innovation and productive development in building their national and regional agendas.
The Region of Aysén, CORFO and CNID, with support of IDB, have launched a contest seeking innovative ideas to solve two major challenges identified by the population of Aysen, a Patagonian area in Chile: Youth and Environment. People with ideas, institutions and companies (Chilean and foreigners with local partners) are called to participate in the competition "Prototypes for Social Innovation" and receive funding.
The IDB and the Pacific Alliance (AP) will start implementing a project that seeks to build a regional innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem among the four AP member countries: Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. As part of the planning activities, representatives of the IDB and the AP´s Innovation Technical Committee gathered for a workshop held on June 16-17 at IDB headquarters in Washington D.C. IDB support will be materialized through a recently approved Regional Public Good (RPG) project.
En octubre de 2014 Argentina puso en órbita su primer satélite geoestacionario, llamado ARSAT-1, que brinda servicios de televisión digital abierta, telefonía sobre IP, acceso a Internet y transmisión de datos a todo el país. El satélite está ubicado a 36.000 km de distancia de la Tierra y tiene una vida útil de 15 años.
A través de una iniciativa piloto de innovación social, pobladores de la región patagónica de Aysén en Chile definieron las principales problemáticas sociales que los afectan: juventud y contaminación. A partir de abril de 2015, mediante un concurso de soluciones, colaborarán con universidades y empresas para encontrar soluciones innovadoras a los problemas identificados.
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- Trinidad and Tobago. Support for the National Competitiveness and Innovation Agenda.
- Regional. Support to the Development of Alternative Finance in LAC countries: ICT and Regu.
- Suriname. Second Basic Education Improvement Program Phase II.
- Guatemala. Developing urban capabilities in Smart City, Management, financial instruments. Nov 23, 2015
- Regional. Institutional strengthening through the creation of an Innovation Ecosystem Deve. Nov 6, 2015
- Regional. Building a Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for the Pacific Al. Oct 13, 2015