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 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.

Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Belize achieve substantial progress in the health of their most vulnerable populations

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:01
Encouraging results in the improvement of quality and in health care of the poorest women and children of Mesoamerica were presented today by the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative in Washington.

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.

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.

Chile to boost global export services with IDB support

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 19:00
Loan of $27 million will help diversify exports, create jobs and stimulate foreign direct investment in the sector The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $27 million loan to contribute to the development of the global export services sector in Chile. The funds are designed to help improve human resources skills and generate jobs, exports and foreign direct investment in this sector, one of the most dynamic in world trade.

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.

More than 3,000 business meetings held at LAC Flavors Argentina 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 19:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina- More than 560 food exporting companies from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) met with 120 international buyers from five continents at LAC Flavors 2017, where they closed transactions valued at a projected amount of $152 million, according to preliminary data from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).