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IDB Promotes Trade Facilitation through Border Integration in Central America

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is very active in promoting trade facilitation in Central American countries. Recently the Bank promoted various initiatives particularly important for this purpose, of which three of them stand out.

Jun 29, 2015.

IDB and Financial Times: Trade Links with the New Latin America

Trade Links with the New Latin America: Capitalizing on investment, trade and cooperation between Latin America and Asia-Pacific

Jun 28, 2015.

Colombia and Ecuador implement the TIM Andino System

Customs Administrations and Phytosanitary Agencies from Ecuador and Colombia launched an initiative to facilitate trade and have better traceability of cargo circulating under the international transit regimen through the border crossing of Rumichaca.

Jun 16, 2015.

Seventh round of meetings of the Inter-American Single Windows Network

The Inter-American Single Windows Network (Red VUCE) emerges as an initiative of the region’s countries precisely with the objective to promote the use of electronic single windows as an instrument to facilitate trade, in particular to optimize and reduce times and costs associated with export transactions, import and transit goods according to international standards and best practices.

May 29, 2015.

ConnectAmericas has New Partners in Mexico

This whole business ecosystem places Mexico within a framework where its SMEs can strengthen their exporting capacity through tools such as those offered by ConnectAmericas. The platform, created by the IDB, has become an innovative instrument that supports SMEs in the Americas grow their business internationally through networking opportunities to promote their goods and services, as well as access tools for business intelligence, financing, training and business development.

May 29, 2015.

Haiti: improving the business climate

The new law and its regulatory framework represent an important advance in promoting the collaboration between the public and private sectors. In addition, it will have a positive effect in improving the investment climate in the country, along with a positive impact in the economic development and the potential capacity to attract direct foreign investment to Haiti.

May 28, 2015.

The 2015 ANDI Outsourcing Summit

The academic program placed special emphasis on Global Value Chains. For that, the presentation by Juan Blyde, Leading Economist for the IDB’s Integration and Trade Sector was highlighted in the context of his recent publication Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains. In his lecture, Blyde stressed the importance for countries to participate in GVCs and identify opportunities and challenges faced by Colombia in this matter.

May 27, 2015.

IDB is committed with the growth of the apparel sector in Haiti

The apparel industry is also among the largest employers within Haiti, creating jobs for over 36,000 people. The sector currently employs more than 36,000 workers (75% women), represents 10% of national GDP which produces 90% of exports of country, or 845 million US dollars. More than 75% of workers report being a member of at least one loan circle.

May 27, 2015.

The Americas Business Dialogue

The Americas Business Dialogue’s recommendations on trade facilitation were presented In the framework of the VII meeting of the Inter-American Network of International Single Windows (Red VUCE) in Brasilia, Brazil,. These recommendations are included in ABD’s report “From Dialogue to Action: Policy Recommendations and Public-Private Partnership Proposals”. Red VUCE is the regional forum for dialogue and collaboration composed of the agencies that administer electronic single windows in the region.

May 22, 2015.

IDB introduced ConnectAmericas.com to more than 300 Colombian business owners

Around 300 small and medium-sized business owners and entrepreneurs in Colombia participated in an event that introduced ConnectAmericas.com, the first social network for businesses in the Americas.

May 12, 2015.

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