Latin American and Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 03:00
A new report by the IDB estimates a year-on-year growth rate of 17 percent in the first quarter of 2017 After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth. In the first quarter of 2017, the value of goods exports increased 17 percent year-on-year, having contracted 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was driven primarily by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 25 countries in the region.

More than 800 business and government leaders discuss ambitious integration agenda to compete in global trade

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 03:00
IDB President and Paraguay’s Minister of Industry and Trade inaugurate the Business Forum at the Bank’s Annual Meeting ASUNCION, Paraguay – The Business Forum “Latin America: An Agenda for Growth and Development” opened today, with more than 800 business leaders and high-level government officials from 33 countries. The participants gathered to discuss Forum an ambitious integration agenda to help the region participate in international value chains and compete in global trade.

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:00
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

IDB helps thousands of SMEs from the region to do business with China

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 03:00
3,000 business meetings were held at the China-LAC Business Summit The main goal of the 10th China-LAC Business Summit, recently organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), was to support Latin American and Caribbean small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with expanding their trade ties with China. Through these forums, the Bank has over the years enabled thousands of SMEs to penetrate the Chinese market, promoting knowledge exchange and business making.

Committees of the Boards of Governors of IDB and IIC back advancing towards MIF replenishment

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 17:34
The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) met in Washington DC today to discuss a report on the strategic vision and future financing of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). The IDB and IIC Governors requested the preparation of this report during their Annual Meeting held in March in The Bahamas. The Multilateral Investment Fund is an innovation lab for the IDB Group to promote development through the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IIC finances expansion of Kingston’s Container Terminal in Jamaica

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 03:00
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has signed a US$265 million financing package with Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited. The project will optimize and expand Kingston’s container terminal capacity in Jamaica, as the port must stay competitive to handle larger ships now passing through the expanded Panama Canal.

IDB Hosts Capitol Hill Event on US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 21:31
US Members of Congress Recognize IDB for its Leadership on Caribbean Development On June 15, 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region." A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event was remarks by Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the lead co-sponsors of H.R. 4939, the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R.

Regional export decline eases: shipments fall 9% in the first quarter

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 03:00
The moderation of the contraction is observed in most countries of the region according to a new IDB report Exports from Latin America fell 9 percent between January and March 2016 compared to the same period the previous year. This figure indicates a deceleration with respect to the 2015 decline of 15 percent, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB, CDB, CARICOM and the US Department of Energy sign MOU to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Caribbean

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 03:00
Partnership will aid cleaner, cheaper, and more secure sources of energy for the Caribbean Region President Luis Alberto Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), President Warren Smith of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Secretary Ernest Moniz of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and Secretary General Irwin LaRocque of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that creates a framework for cooperation to promote programs and activities that foster the transformation of the energy sector in th

Inter-American Development Bank / World Bank / Caribbean Development Bank joint press release on International Monetary Fund staff-level agreement with Suriname

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 20:06
The Government of Suriname and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed on the key elements of an economic program that would be supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). A reform agenda was put forward by the Surinamese authorities to stabilize Suriname’s economy and to set the stage for its recovery.