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IDB to hold business seminar on sustainable development with focus on projects in environment, tourism, natural disaster prevention, sanitation, agriculture and rural development in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank will hold the first of its 2007 Business Seminars for private sector firms and consultants on February 8, titled Sustainable Development: A look at Projects in Environment, Tourism, Natural Disaster Prevention, Sanitation, Agriculture and Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The IDB is the leading source of multilateral financing for economic and social development in the region.  Its project pipeline currently includes about $8.93 million for environment and natural disaster projects; $1 billion for sanitation projects and over $500 million for agriculture and rural development projects.

During the seminar senior specialists will provide an overview of the IDB lending strategies for these sectors and the Bank’s environmental and social policies.  The specialists will also  present specific case studies on public and private sector projects in agriculture and rural development, environment, natural disaster prevention (for example the Emergency Liquidity Fund), tourism and water and sanitation.  Other speakers will provide information on sources of business information and outline procurement policies and procedures to enable seminar participants to better compete for thousands of contracts that result from the IDB group’s multibillion annual lending program.

The seminar is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in the Andrés Bello Auditorium on the 9th floor of IDB headquarters at 1300 New York Ave., N.W. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m.