IDB highlights strengths of Central America in the face of external economic challenges

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 15:14
Two new studies on the region examine the current economic landscape and the work that the IDB Group has carried out over the last year. The economy of Central America and the Dominican Republic has continued to grow over the past year, although at significantly different rates depending on the country. For 2018, growth is estimated at 3.8 percent, a level similar to that of 2017, thanks to a robust economic performance by the region´s main trading partner, the United States.

Latin America and the Caribbean: Public revenues rebound in 2017 after dip in 2016

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 18:12
SANTIAGO, Chile – The average tax-to-GDP ratio in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) rose to 22.8% in 2017, a gain of 0.2 percentage points from 2016, according to Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean 2019.

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.

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.

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. 

The IDB and Microsoft strengthen collaboration to expand transparency through technology

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 19:32
The partnership will extend the MapaInversiones platform throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. MapaInversiones allows citizens to access information regarding public spending as a means of encouraging transparency. In a new phase of collaboration that seeks to promote trust among citizens, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Microsoft have strengthened their partnership to accelerate the expansion of MapaInversiones

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.

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.