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.

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).

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.

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 15:05
Inefficiencies and fraud in procurement, civil service and targeted transfers could be as large as $220 billion a year Report includes policy recommendations to improve spending in healthcare, education, infrastructure and public safety

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).

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.

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.

Shakira and the Inter-American Development Bank President present the ALAS-IDB 2016 Awards finalists

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 03:00
Washington, DC, Oct. 16.- Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno, international artist and education activist Shakira and the ALAS Foundation are joining forces again to recognize and reward the early-childhood education improvement and innovation champions in our region.

Latin America and the Caribbean faces critical skills gap, IDB study finds

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 03:00
· Despite spending more than 5% of GDP on education and skills programs, region lags many peer nations · Government actions key to forming workforce capable of dealing with future challenges MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Despite well-intentioned efforts, many government programs fail to provide Latin American and Caribbean children and adults with the skills they need to thrive, the Inter-American Development Bank’s 2017 flagship study finds.

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.