Quality expenditure and digitalization, priorities for Central America, Dominican Republic

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 23:41
The IDB brings regional Governors to its Washington, D.C. headquarters to consider policy options to speed up growth and reduce poverty The Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB), Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic held their 33rd Annual Meeting to discuss options to achieve higher growth rates and foster productive activities in the years to come. The region grew 3.8 percent in 2018, way above the 1.1 percent average for Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole. In addition, it is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019.

Guatemala to improve and rehabilitate the national road network with IDB support

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 09:54
A US$150 MILLION OPERATION WILL CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE COUNTRY’S ROADS The Inter-American Development Bank approved a US$150 million operation to Guatemala to implement an ambitious improvement and rehabilitation program of the roads connecting productive areas and departmental capitals to the main networks.

Norway confirms long-lasting support to IDB Transparency Fund

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 13:10
The Government of Norway has contributed to the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Transparency Fund since its inception in 2007, to help countries curb corruption and implement pro-transparency reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In 2018, the government of Norway donated an additional $1,1 million.

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).

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 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).

Inter-American Development Bank approves loans for Bolivia and Honduras

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 15:12
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved today two operations for projects on water and sanitation in Bolivia and emergency health care in Honduras. The press releases issued with details on the projects, the amounts and payment terms, are as follows: 

Honduran capital Tegucigalpa to boost emergency health care with IDB help

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:46
Loan of $53.8 million to enhance trauma and emergency care in Tegucigalpa through construction of a new trauma hospital The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $53.8 million loan to build a new hospital in Honduras that will improve trauma and emergency care services both in the capital Tegucigalpa and the central-southeast region of the country.