IDB launches study to help governments improve national statistics

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 16:05
New IDB study presents recommendations to strengthen statistical capacity, based on the experiences of 10 countries in Latin America Statistics are an essential input for decision making and the design of good public policies. For that reason, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean should invest in the strengthening of their National Statistics Offices (NSO), according to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Digitization of transactional public services would reduce red tape and corruption, save money in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:47
New IDB report recommends focusing on citizen experience interacting with government, investing in online services to benefit citizens, businesses and public sector institutions Digital transactional public services (“transactions”) take 74% less time than face-to-face transactions, cost much less and reduce corruption; nevertheless, in Latin America and the Caribbean there is still little investment to offer transactions online. The result? Citizens, firms and public institutions lose time, money and productivity.

IDB Invest invests in Bozano Investimentos to expand access to financing for midsized companies in Brazil

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 17:48
IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, made an equity investment of up to $10 million in Bozano Growth Capital Fund. The Fund will invest growth capital in family-owned or family-controlled midsized companies with high growth potential operating in Brazil.

IDB Group and BNDES in Brazil launch Infrastructure Credit Fund

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 09:33
São Paulo – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, through its private sector institution, IDB Invest, and the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) announce an alliance for the creation of an infrastructure credit fund for up to $1.5 billion. The fund initially called "B2 Infra" includes approximately 30% of its resources from BNDES, 10% from IDB Invest and the remainder will be raised together with the private sector, notably from institutional investors.

Latin America and Caribbean single free trade agreement would reap $11 billion windfall, IDB study shows

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 14:22
Report urges action by major regional economies Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, amid challenging trade environment Latin America and the Caribbean could add an additional $11 billion in annual trade flows by blending 33 separate agreements into a single regional free trade bloc, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB report underscores social benefits of sports for development but warns against program design flaws

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 09:23
Latin American and Caribbean region lags in sports spending, activity levels Latin American and Caribbean region could get a development boost from sports activities that improve the region’s social and health benefits, provided the programs are properly designed and monitored, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank.

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.

Italy to contribute to IDB Transparency Fund

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:47
Italy is joining Norway, Canada and MasterCard as a partner and contributor to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Transparency Fund , a vital tool to help countries strengthen their anti-corruption and pro-transparency reforms. The government of Italy has donated €1 million. 

Brazilian states will boost tax revenues, improve competitiveness with PROFISCO II

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 19:00
IDB approves $900 million conditional credit line for the PROFISCO II program Ceará will be the first Brazilian state to benefit, with $70 million loan The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $900 million credit line to support Brazilian states’ efforts to modernize their fiscal management and improve tax administration and public spending management.

Brazil’s Santa Catarina State will improve productivity and reliability of electricity supply with IDB support

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 19:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a multiple-works investment loan in the amount of US$276.05 million to Centrais Elétricas de Santa Catarina–Distribuição S.A. (CELESC-D), the electric power distribution utility serving Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina. The program’s overall objective is to help boost productivity throughout the state of Santa Catarina by providing a higher quality and more reliable supply of electric power.