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.

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

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.

IDB supports road infrastructure upgrades in Peru

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 03:00
Improving the road linking Huánuco - La Unión - Huallanca will facilitate exports of products from Peru's Sierra and jungle The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $80 million loan to support upgrades, improvement and conservation of the Huánuco - La Unión - Huallanca road, which links productive areas of Peru's sierra and jungle with the country's main foreign trade hubs, including the port of Callao.

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.

Paraguay will increase and diversify exports with IDB support

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 03:00
Program will broaden export base both nationwide and in border areas, improve trade promotion and intelligence to reach out to new markets  Paraguay will strive to increase and diversify its exports base with the launch of the Entrepreneurial Development Services Support Program, an initiative that will be supported by a $10 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

Paraguay to finance construction and access to housing with IDB support

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 17:37
Plan will broaden housing loans for the emerging middle class and finance developers of multi-family projects Paraguay will facilitate financing for construction and access to housing with the help of a $30 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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 backs program to boost competitiveness in Paraguay's agriculture sector and economic integration

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:44
Road upgrades and conservation will benefit small- and medium-size producers and a population of 522,000 people Paraguay will improve the competitiveness of its farm and livestock sector and its economic integration, particularly in the east of the country, with a road upgrade and conservation project backed by a $90 million loan 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.