IDB announces winner of the 2019 Superheroes of Development Award

September 16, 2019
The winning IDB-financed project developed a new solution to monitor public infrastructure works and to empower citizens to evaluate the use of public resources in Honduras. WASHINGTON D.C., September 12, 2019. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the winner of the Superheroes of Development contest, an award given to executing agencies that have successfully implemented innovative solutions in projects financed by the IDB.

First quarter exports from Latin American and Caribbean fall: IDB report

June 18, 2019
The value of exports from Latin American and the Caribbean fell by 1.6 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. The decrease was caused by lower export volumes and falling commodity prices.

Latin American and Caribbean exports rise but at a slower rate

January 10, 2019
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

November 14, 2018
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

September 24, 2018
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

August 29, 2018
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).

Brazil’s Santa Catarina State will improve productivity and reliability of electricity supply with IDB support

November 23, 2017
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a multiple-works investment loan in the amount of US$276.05 million to Centrais Elétricas de Santa Catarina–Distribuição S.A. (CELESC-D), the electric power distribution utility serving Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina. The program’s overall objective is to help boost productivity throughout the state of Santa Catarina by providing a higher quality and more reliable supply of electric power.

IIC closes B-bond structure in Campo Palomas Wind Farm

August 03, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, has closed on a landmark 19.5 years amortizing B-bond for US$135.8 million to finance the operation of the 70 MW Uruguayan wind farm Campo Palomas. The project is developed by Invenergy, a global leader in renewable energy projects. The transaction marks the first B-bond issued in connection with an IIC A loan and the second such structure deployed by the IDB Group – the first one being the IDB’s Reventazon Hydroelectric Plant in Costa Rica.

IIC finances transmission line to connect renewable energy projects in Uruguay

July 18, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, signed a US$56 million senior A-loan and a US$25 million B-loan from BBVA to Difebal S.A, a special purpose vehicle fully owned by Terna, the largest transmission system operator in Europe.

IIC to finance first public-private partnership transmission line in Uruguay

May 11, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) continues to support energy generation from renewable sources in Uruguay with the approval of a $56 million financing package for a 500 Kv transmission line between the cities of Melo and Tacuarembó. The project will expand the electricity network enabling the integration of renewable energy into the grid.