Eric Parrado appointed as new chief economist for the IDB

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:01
The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that starting March 1 Eric Parrado Herrera will take over as the new chief economist and general manager of the IDB’s Research Department. A Chilean national, Parrado is Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School of Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, and visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the Central European University. 

IDB launches 2019 Call for Proposals to finance regional projects in Latin America

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:27
THE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR REGIONAL PUBLIC GOODS IS MARCH 1ST, 2019 The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the 2019 Call for Proposals for the Regional Public Goods (RPG) Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), which supports projects involving three or more countries.

Latin American and Caribbean exports rise but at a slower rate

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:13
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean hit their highest level in six years thanks to a 9.9 percent increase in 2018, albeit amid growing downside risks in the future, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank. The region exported $1.08 trillion last year. While this is the highest level since record exports in 2012, the rise fell short of the 12.2 percent growth rate for 2017. The region’s performance also lagged a worldwide trade increase of 11.6 percent for the Jan-Sept period (compared to the same period the previous year).

Declining Export Competitiveness: Latin America Urgently Needs a Quality Leap

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:28
BUENOS AIRES—In the first quarter of 2018, the value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a year-on-year rate of 9.7 percent in comparison with the same period in 2017, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). However, this growth has come amid signs that the region is becoming less competitive amid rising economic risks and global trade tensions.

Paraguay to improve public services for citizens and businesses, with IDB support

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 00:12
Program will speed up and cut costs of government procedures, intensify the use of ICTs and expand access to broadband services  Paraguay will launch a program to provide its citizens and businesses better public services and more opportunities, with support of a $130 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

Multilateral banks reaffirm pledge to support resilient, sustainable infrastructure

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 16:41
IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno participates in the opening session BALI, Indonesia - The heads of the leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) meeting at the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018 (GI Forum) today expressed their condolences following the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods in Sulawesi, Indonesia and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to deliver infrastructure that is resilient, inclusive, and sustainable.

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 15:05
Inefficiencies and fraud in procurement, civil service and targeted transfers could be as large as $220 billion a year Report includes policy recommendations to improve spending in healthcare, education, infrastructure and public safety

Barranquilla, Colombia to host Foromic 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 17:39
The Colombian city of Barranquilla will host the leading event on financial inclusion and business development trends in Latin America and the Caribbean The IDB Group, through its innovation lab MIF, will hold the 21st edition of Foromic, the most important annual event on financial inclusion and business development in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Artificial intelligence to boost Latin American and Caribbean economies: IDB study

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:43
Study also urges governments to anticipate consequences of artificial intelligence in labor markets BUENOS AIRES – Artificial intelligence can facilitate trade negotiations and add one additional percentage point of growth to Latin American and the Caribbean economies, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

MERCOSUR Exports Increase as the Bloc’s Integration Strategy Is Revitalized

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 09:09
BUENOS AIRES - Exports of the MERCOSUR bloc grew by 13.8% in 2017 amidst efforts to modernize the integration agreement, according to a report published by the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), part of the Integration and Trade Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This is the first time that MERCOSUR’s external sales have gone up in five years.