Colombia leads the 2019 Global Financial Inclusion Microscope for the 2nd consecutive year

October 31, 2019
Dominican Republic – Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico lead the ranking of the Global Microscope on the environment for financial inclusion, an index that focuses on regulation, political strategies, and infrastructure to address this issue. In these four countries, financial inclusion is a priority and incorporates digital approaches. While Colombia and Mexico lead public policy and consumer protection categories, Uruguay and Peru stand out in stability and financial integrity.

Fintech activity in Latin America spreads to 18 countries

January 17, 2019
1,166 FINTECH VENTURES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AN INCREASE OF 66 PERCENT COMPARED TO 2017 The report Fintech en América Latina 2018: crecimiento y consolidación (Fintech in Latin America 2018: Growth and Consolidation), published today by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista, identified 1,166 financial technology startups (Fintech), a rise of 66% since the first study published by the two organizations in 2017.

Brazil promotes productivity of micro, small and medium-size enterprises with IDB support

November 22, 2018
IDB APPROVES $750 MILLION CREDIT TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO FINANCING FOR MORE THAN 4,900 MSME IN BRAZIL THROUGH A NEW BNDES DIGITAL CHANNEL. The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $750 million line of credit aimed at boosting the productivity of more than 4,900 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in Brazil. They will be able to access new credit sources through digital channels, thus contributing to economic growth and job creation.

IDB Group and MAS collaborate to promote inclusive financial services

November 13, 2018
The alliance will allow Latin American and Caribbean financial entities to benefit from the innovations in regulation, knowledge and networks of the Asian country, world leader in Fintech The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, led by IDB Lab – the Group’s innovation laboratory – and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on projects and initiatives that will foster innovation in financial services in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and ASEAN regions.

Global Alliance to Promote the Use of Blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 30, 2018
Representatives of the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, together with representatives of the world's leading technology and consulting companies, announced today the launch of LAC-Chain, a new alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentation of this new alliance took place at the FOROMIC 2018 conference, which is being held this year in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Better management of tight budgets could help Latin American and Caribbean governments to raise living standards - OECD/IDB

December 06, 2016
SANTIAGO, Chile – Governments in Latin America will need to improve public sector management and capacity – including budget allocation – to compensate for the pressure on public finances from sliding commodity prices, according to a new report by the OECD and Inter-American Development Bank covering more than 15 countries in the region.

Finance ministers discuss deeper regional integration to stimulate growth and development in LAC

October 05, 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean is urged to implement a bold integration agenda Finance ministers of the Americas and the Caribbean, and the heads of the Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Treasury met today at the IDB to discuss policy options for relaunching regional integration to stimulate growth and contribute to long-term development in the region.

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

April 15, 2016
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.

Report: weak dollar, inflation blunting purchasing power of remittances

March 14, 2011
After stabilizing in 2010, money transfers to Latin America and the Caribbean are poised to rise this year, according to the MIF Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean are likely to rise this year after stabilizing during 2010, although a weaker dollar and higher inflation are reducing their purchasing power in many countries, according to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

IDB closes first international syndication to an Ecuadorian bank in a decade

December 22, 2010
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) closed a $22 million syndicated loan with Banco Pichincha in Ecuador to help fund lending for housing and to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s).