Latin American and the Caribbean Exports Fall After Two Years of Growth

December 12, 2019
The value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will decrease by 2.4 percent in 2019 after two years of robust growth, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank that analyzes the trade performance of 25 countries in the region.

Reducing Trade Costs Could Increase commerce with Asia by US$69 billion: IDB Report

December 09, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean to Asia could grow 27 percent in the medium term if trade costs associated with tariffs, transportation, and logistics are reduced, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Trade liberalization has boosted Latin American and Caribbean economies, IDB study finds

November 25, 2019
However, governments need to do more to shore up support for trade and ensure benefits are more widely attained Latin America and the Caribbean region saw faster economic and wage growth thanks to a lowering of trade barriers, a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank shows. The study also provides policy recommendations to ensure the region is better positioned to take advantage of trade liberalization and make its benefits more tangible to citizens.

IDB Lab, CIAT and SoftBank partner to promote smart rice farming in Colombia

October 28, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank, through its innovation lab – IDB Lab, approved US$2 million funding for a project that will improve the productivity and sustainability of rice farming in Colombia The project, led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), will implement a new technological solution called “e-kakashi,” a service that combines internet of things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber physical systems (CPS) to transform agriculture into a real-time, data-driven science.

IDB study diagnoses investment promotion agencies in Latin America

October 25, 2019
Resources, presence overseas and the level of targeting of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) contribute considerably to attracting greater volumes of foreign direct investment and to bringing multinational companies to their respective countries, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB and UK Announce Partnership to Support Green Finance Growth

October 21, 2019
The Partnership will contribute to further expansion and transparency in Latin America and the Caribbean’s green finance market The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of the United Kingdom, represented by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for International Trade (DIT), have announced a partnership to support further growth and transparency in the Latin American and Caribbean region’s (LAC) burgeoning green bond market.

IDB launches coalition to promote cross-cutting skills in the 21st century

October 21, 2019
Today, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with 22 partners from the public and private sector, announced the launch of a 21st century skills coalition that will support the implementation of a new generation of education and training policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. This coalition will provide more than US$34.7 million in funding to support projects that will promote these skills among children and youth in the region.

Reducing trade costs could boost exports to Korea

October 10, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean to Korea could grow by about US$10 billion, or 43%, if a set of reforms to reduce trade costs are implemented and bilateral cooperation reach new levels, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank. The report, Stepping Up Cooperation, Policy Options for Latin America and Korea, was presented during the 5th Korea-LAC Business Summit, held in Seoul, Korea, on October 7th and 8th.

IDB and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Launch Course on Parternships

October 02, 2019
To support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) developed a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that empowers professionals in the public and private sectors to design, manage, and monitor partnerships for sustainable development. The course, titled “Partnerships: A Vehicle for Advancing Sustainable Development,” is open for registration and will officially begin on October 24.

IDB and Switzerland Partner to Address Migration Challenges in Colombia

September 27, 2019
Switzerland Contributes $7.5 Million to the IDB’s Migration Initiative During the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Switzerland announced a contribution of up to $7.5 million to the IDB’s Migration Initiative to help address the development challenges posed by sudden and large migration inflows in Latin America and the Caribbean.