Crime exacts steep social, public and private costs in Latin America and Caribbean: IDB study

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 03:00
Annual costs of crime and violence estimated at $261 billion for region; impacts vary among and within countries Violence and crime impacts much higher than for developed nations Report calculates foregone income of murder victims, imprisoned individuals A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at $261 bill

IIC finances Argentina's largest wind project

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 03:00
The project will contribute to reduce the carbon footprint and diversify the energy matrix in Argentina The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), granted a $200 million syndicated loan to YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A. in Argentina for the construction, operation and maintenance of the 100 MW Manantiales Behr wind farm and related facilities. The project includes a 20 km transmission line of 132 kV and is located about 40 km northeast of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia.

Argentina and Chile will begin to develop Agua Negra Tunnel with support from IDB

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 14:35
A loan of $40 million will allow the two countries to structure the project and finance the final designs of this cross-border tunnel The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $40 million loan that will allow for bidding to begin for the Agua Negra tunnel, which will connect San Juan province in Argentina with that of Coquimbo in Chile.

Latin American and Caribbean exports will contract around 50 billion dollars in 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 03:00
A new report by the IDB points to a lower rate of export contraction due to the stabilization of commodity prices Latin American and Caribbean exports are expected to fall approximately $50 billion, or 6 percent, in 2016, a lower contraction rate than the 15 percent observed in 2015. This relative improvement was mainly due to a rebound of commodity prices, according to a report conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 24 countries in the region. The value of total exports should reach $850 billion in 2016.

Better management of tight budgets could help Latin American and Caribbean governments to raise living standards - OECD/IDB

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 03:00
SANTIAGO, Chile – Governments in Latin America will need to improve public sector management and capacity – including budget allocation – to compensate for the pressure on public finances from sliding commodity prices, according to a new report by the OECD and Inter-American Development Bank covering more than 15 countries in the region.

IDB supports program to strengthen management, foster economic growth and employment in Argentine provinces

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 03:00
Project will promote private and public investment improvements at provincial level, help reform the federal tax system and strengthen decision-making bodies Argentina will implement a program to promote economic growth and employment in its provinces through income, spending and public investment management improvements as well as investment projects execution with help from a $120 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

New program will boost highway capacity and safety in Argentina

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 03:00
Project will help increase productivity in central Argentina by reducing traffic and cutting travel time and costs along National Highway 19 Productivity in central Argentina will increase through a plan to boost highway capacity and safety, with help from a $300 million dollar approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:00
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

Bolivia to improve rain water drainage in La Paz and El Alto with IDB support

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 03:00
Bolivia will upgrade its rain water drainage systems in the cities of La Paz and El Alto with a $30 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), benefiting 16,000 households. In La Paz alone, with its population of 800,000, the authorities estimate that landslides and floods in the rainy season cost around $27 million a year, including spending for emergencies, clean-up work, rebuilding infrastructure and losses in the private sector.

Bolivia to increase farm productivity with IDB loan

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 03:00
Bolivia will boost productivity in its agricultural and livestock sector with a $25 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project is designed to reduce losses from pests and disease, enhance access to export markets and improve sanitary conditions. It will benefit rural producers, members of the main farm production chains and Bolivian consumers.