Colombia issues first energy savings insurance policies

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 17:08
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES ACCESS TO POLICIES TO GUARANTEE ENERGY SAVING IN INVESTMENT PROJECTS FOR MORE EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES With the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, and in collaboration with BANCOLDEX, Colombia has become the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to issue energy saving policies under the Energy Savings Insurance Program (ESI) in benefit of five small and medium-si

Latin America & Caribbean will need 23 million health and education professionals by 2040

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:53
A new IDB study from the series The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that the region will need 12 million teachers, 3 million doctors and 8 million nurses by the year 2040. The study also highlights that jobs in education and health are good

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. 

Fintech activity in Latin America spreads to 18 countries

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 09:12
1,166 FINTECH VENTURES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AN INCREASE OF 66 PERCENT COMPARED TO 2017 The report Fintech en América Latina 2018: crecimiento y consolidación (Fintech in Latin America 2018: Growth and Consolidation), published today by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista, identified 1,166 financial technology startups (Fintech), a rise of 66% since the first study published by the two organizations in 2017.

IDB trains consular officials from Central America's Northern Triangle

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 16:42
The Program to Enhance Consular Training concluded in Washington D.C., after drawing participants from officials stationed in 17 US cities The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) held a workshop at its headquarters that concluded the Program to Enhance Consular Training, which has been underway since last June and reached more than 150 consular officials posted in the United States.

IDB appoints Brian O’Neill Executive Vice President

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 15:36
The Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank approved the appointment of Brian O’Neill as Executive Vice President effective January 1, the IDB announced. O’Neill has served in several senior leadership roles at Lazard since 2009, most recently as Senior Advisor. He has extensive experience working with governments, local and multinational corporations, as well as financial institutions.

IDB and CDB to expand the Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) for the Eastern Caribbean

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:21
US$ 85.6 million programme will fund geothermal power and institutional capacity projects in five Eastern Caribbean nations The Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean (SEF-Expanded) is designed to reduce the financial, technical, and institutional barriers to geothermal energy development in five Eastern Caribbean nations.  It will also aid in institutional strengthening and capacity building for those five governments and in partnering with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Government of France becomes founding donor of IDB Natural Capital Lab

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 17:50
The Government of the French Republic will contribute €24 million to the recently launched Natural Capital Lab of the Inter-American Development Bank, becoming its founding donor. France’s Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno today signed a letter of intent concerning the contribution on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Millennials have potential that Latin America and Caribbean must not squander, says study

Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 15:39
Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have weak cognitive skills but their socio-emotional abilities are strong, according to the study “Millennials in Latin America and the Caribbean: to work or to study?” The report, which is the result of research drawing on more than 15,000 people in nine countries, also found a high level of optimism and aspiration in this new generation of workers. Young people in Latin America and the Caribbean have great potential but it could end u

Brazil promotes productivity of micro, small and medium-size enterprises with IDB support

Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 13:03
IDB APPROVES $750 MILLION CREDIT TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO FINANCING FOR MORE THAN 4,900 MSME IN BRAZIL THROUGH A NEW BNDES DIGITAL CHANNEL. The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $750 million line of credit aimed at boosting the productivity of more than 4,900 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in Brazil. They will be able to access new credit sources through digital channels, thus contributing to economic growth and job creation.