Ecuador to improve drinking water and sanitation services with IDB support

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:40
US$87.1 million loan will benefit Quito Metropolitan District’s 2.6 million residents Ecuador will improve continuity, operational management and reliability of the drinking water system and boost wastewater treatment capacity, bringing direct benefits to more than 200,000 people and indirect benefits to Quito’s 2.6 million metropolitan district dwellers, with help from a US$87.1 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB launches Superheroes of Development contest to recognize executing agencies

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 18:41
In its second edition, the call for proposals will be open from March 4th to May 17th, 2019. The Superheroes of Development Award will recognize executing agencies of IDB-financed projects that have successfully addressed challenges during its implementation. The contest will identify eight finalists from across Latin America and the Caribbean who will travel to IDB’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to present their solutions.

IDB launches cartoon and illustration contest on the future of work

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 21:33
The competition seeks the most creative cartoonists and illustrators in Latin America and the Caribbean; entries accepted through March 31, 2019 The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announces the launching of its third edition of the Cartoon and Illustration Contest under the theme The Future of Work.

Standard & Poor’s affirms IDB’s AAA/A-1+ ratings and upgrades SACP to ‘aaa’ from ‘aa+”

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 17:51
Standard & Poor’s has affirmed the Inter-American Development Bank’s ‘AAA’ long-term and ‘A-1+’ short-term issuer credit rating with a stable outlook. Also, following a review under the revised criteria for multilateral lending institutions, the IDB’s stand-alone credit profile was upgraded from ‘aa+’ to ‘aaa’, due to its extremely strong enterprise risk profile and very strong financial risk profile.

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.

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).

Citizen Security Week in Chile will address the use of technology against crime

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 17:28
The IDB, the Government of Chile and countries of the region will discuss in Santiago, Chile, digital innovations and their application in the value chain in citizen security and justice The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security of Chile will hold the Tenth Citizen Security Week, in Chile from November 26 to 30, 2018. It is the largest regional event dedicated to security and criminal justice issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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.