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.

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.

IDB salutes Central American nations’ progress towards forming a Regional Electricity Market

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 23:57
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday hosted a meeting of Energy Ministers and senior regional regulatory agency officials from the Regional Electricity Market (MER) comprising Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, along with representatives from the U.S. State Department and the Government of Mexico.

Business Forum brings together private and public sector leaders to promote infrastructure investment and integration

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:41
Argentine ministers and Mendoza governor take part in event held ahead of IDB Annual Meeting MENDOZA, Argentina – The III Business Forum opened today with the participation of nearly 900 business leaders and government officials from 30 countries, who convened to discuss an ambitious agenda focused on boosting investments in infrastructure, promoting regional economies, and speeding up regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

New IDB macroeconomic report analyzes the current situation in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:33
The big challenge is to strengthen inclusive growth and reduce poverty Economic growth in Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic followed a positive path in 2017, with 3.8 percent expansion, although this scenario failed to produce significant improvement in poverty alleviation and income distribution. Amidst growing uncertainty over the path of the global economy, authorities in the region would do well to adopt actions and policies to foster inclusive development.

Job growth, increased saving keys to sustained and inclusive growth in Central America and the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 13:05
IDB hosts regional Governors in Punta Cana to review opportunities for growth and investment PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - The Governors for the Inter-American Development Bank’s member countries in the Central American isthmus and the Dominican Republic gathered at their 32nd Annual Meeting February 20-21 to discuss formulas for achieving inclusive economic growth, managing vulnerability to natural disasters and harnessing disruptive technologies to increase productivity and spur investment.

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. 

Caribbean leaders launch plan to make region a “climate-smart zone,” with IDB support

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 19:00
Paris — The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) announced its support for the newly formed Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, a public-private initiative aimed at funding an $8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit an estimated 3.2 million households in the region.

Introducing the winners of the ALAS-IDB 2017 Awards

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 19:00
In a highly competitive edition, among the winners of the awards that celebrate educational innovation for early childhood development we find Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala. Washington, DC, Nov 9.