Lowering fiscal and external vulnerability the key to promoting growth in Central America and the Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 03:00
Regional IDB Governors meet in Washington to analyze economic prospects for 2017 The modest recovery in the United States and continuing favorable financial conditions in 2017 will also represent sources of economic stimulus throughout the year for the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic, which will translate into growth of around 3.9 percent in 2017. Internal financial and monetary reforms should ensure price stability and the health of the banking system.

Novel Facebook-based survey measures citizen frustration with bureaucracy in Latin America and Caribbean

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 03:00
The IDB has launched two studies on quality and innovation in public services The Inter-American Development Bank launched two studies that show the low regard citizens have for the quality of public services they receive and how innovation can help make these services less bureaucratic.

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.

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.

The trade slowdown in Latin America and the Caribbean is more intense than in the rest of the world

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 03:00
South American and Caribbean countries were the most affected. Following two years in a downward trajectory, the value of Latin American exports fell 14.8 percent in 2015, and 8.5 percent in the first seven months of 2016, according to the Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Civil Society Groups and the IDB debate best path for sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 03:00
More than 400 representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private and public sectors meet for two-day forum in the Dominican Republic ***Watch the proceedings via Livestream Nov. 8-9***

IDB helps thousands of SMEs from the region to do business with China

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 03:00
3,000 business meetings were held at the China-LAC Business Summit The main goal of the 10th China-LAC Business Summit, recently organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), was to support Latin American and Caribbean small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with expanding their trade ties with China. Through these forums, the Bank has over the years enabled thousands of SMEs to penetrate the Chinese market, promoting knowledge exchange and business making.