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).

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

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.

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).

IDB to join new Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to facilitate $1bn of investments

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:23
Backed by 26 Caribbean governments and the private sector, the Accelerator will fast-track investments which support climate action and economic growth    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that it will partner with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to program and implement the additional $1 billion in funds that it pledged for climate smart-investments across the Caribbean region at the Paris One Planet summit on December 12, 2017.

IDB Group and Civil Society discuss sustainable development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 19:00
More than 500 civil society representatives from 26 nations and international experts share knowledge on innovation from the perspective of future jobs, intelligent cities, the digital economy and social innovation SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – More than 500 representatives from Latin American and Caribbean Civil Societies organizations met in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with senior Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officials to discuss ways to put innovation at the service of sustainable development.

Finance Ministers discuss priorities to reactivate growth

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 03:00
In order to sustain economic recovery, region needs to implement financial inclusion and trade integration policies WASHINGTON DC – Finance Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean and senior officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and the U.S. Treasury Department met today at the IDB’s headquarters to discuss policy options to promote inclusive financial systems and deeper regional integration to help strengthen economic growth prospects.

Robotlution: A new IDB publication on the automation of employment and how it will impact productivity

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 03:00
Mexico and Brazil are leading the region in the use of robots: one to two robots per thousand workers  Will robotization destroy or displace jobs or will it create new, more sustainable ones? Can technological change play a part in reducing inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean? These are some of the key questions that 40 international experts responded to in “Robotlution.

Latin American and Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 03:00
A new report by the IDB estimates a year-on-year growth rate of 17 percent in the first quarter of 2017 After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth. In the first quarter of 2017, the value of goods exports increased 17 percent year-on-year, having contracted 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was driven primarily by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 25 countries in the region.

IDB warns of difficult global trading environment, calls for pragmatic trade integration in Latin America and Caribbean

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 03:00
ASUNCION, Paraguay - Latin America and the Caribbean needs to move aggressively towards a more integrated regional trade area to boost exports, protect from increasingly difficult global trading environment, and spur firms to become more productive and join global supply chains, a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says.