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).

Suriname to improve health services’ delivery with IDB support

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 10:45
$20 million loan will help Suriname’s health sector to deal with challenges posed by non-communicable and communicable diseases The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today approved a $20 million loan which will improve access to high-quality, well-integrated primary care services as well as enhance the effectiveness of Suriname’s health sector to address priority epidemiological challenges throughout the country.

Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina win the Gobernarte 2018 Award with innovative ideas

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 09:36
The fifth edition of the "Gobernarte - Premio Eduardo Campos" contest of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), identified innovative ideas in the area of citizen participation and digital citizenship from the subnational governments of Bogotá, Colombia; Puebla, Mexico; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Cordoba, Argentina.

IDB to join new Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to facilitate $1bn of investments

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:23
Backed by 26 Caribbean governments and the private sector, the Accelerator will fast-track investments which support climate action and economic growth    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that it will partner with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to program and implement the additional $1 billion in funds that it pledged for climate smart-investments across the Caribbean region at the Paris One Planet summit on December 12, 2017.

The Bahamas encourage competitiveness by cutting red tape costs through digital governance with IDB support

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 08:44
A $30 million loan is designed to ease red tape for citizens, businesses and facilitate the flow of information shared by government institutions in a transparent fashion  The Bahamas will boost competitiveness by reducing the time and cost of carrying out administrative procedures with the government, by encouraging digital transformation of the public sector with a $30 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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).

Latin American and Caribbean export recovery continues, with signs of slowdown: IDB

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 09:51
Lower commodity prices dampening export growth The value of Latin American and Caribbean exports rose 10.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018 against the same period last year, bolstered by higher demand from its main trading partners, particularly from other countries within the region and the European Union, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Business Forum brings together private and public sector leaders to promote infrastructure investment and integration

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:41
Argentine ministers and Mendoza governor take part in event held ahead of IDB Annual Meeting MENDOZA, Argentina – The III Business Forum opened today with the participation of nearly 900 business leaders and government officials from 30 countries, who convened to discuss an ambitious agenda focused on boosting investments in infrastructure, promoting regional economies, and speeding up regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Italy to contribute to IDB Transparency Fund

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:47
Italy is joining Norway, Canada and MasterCard as a partner and contributor to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Transparency Fund , a vital tool to help countries strengthen their anti-corruption and pro-transparency reforms. The government of Italy has donated €1 million.