IDB study explores tech opportunities for the Central American economy

June 12, 2020
Areas of study are greater efficiency in spending and public services, the tax-raising potential of the digital economy, and maximizing the benefits of remittances Using technology can help in major economic sectors hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as remittances and public finances. As remittances decline, technology applied to international money transfers can generate efficiencies that help maximize the amount of money reaching recipients.
2020-06-12

Business leaders unveil recommendations to face COVID-19

April 30, 2020
The Americas Business Dialogue (ABD), a mechanism for advancing a public-private dialogue on public policies, today released a series of recommendations that seek to support the governments of the hemisphere in their health and economic response to the emergency of COVID-19. The 17 measures proposed by ABD can be found in the document Policy Recommendations on Addressing the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic and Mitigating Its Impacts.
2020-04-30

IDB Group announces priority support areas for countries affected by COVID-19

March 26, 2020
The Group will finance a response to the public health emergency; safety nets for vulnerable populations; economic productivity and employment; and fiscal policies to ameliorate economic impacts. The Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Invest have outlined their focus for deploying the financial and technical resources made available to borrowing member countries and companies to address the crisis created by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
2020-03-26

IDB teams up with TransparentBusiness to facilitate remote access technologies for SMEs

March 20, 2020
CloudWorking trainings will be held to facilitate the successful implementation of remote work programs. The agreement includes the donation of TransparentBusiness licenses to startups and SMEs founded by women. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will join forces with TransparentBusiness, the platform for verifiable management of geographically distributed teams, to facilitate access to remote working technologies to SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbea
2020-03-20

El Salvador will boost credit for micro and small businesses with IDB support

January 29, 2020
The financing of $20 million will benefit more than 2,000 micro and small businesses, especially those located in municipalities with high marginalization or owned or led by women El Salvador will boost the economic activity of micro and small businesses (MSEs) with the support of a $20 million financing approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that will provide access to credit under better term conditions.  
2020-01-29

IDB approves three operations for Honduras totaling US$134.7 million

December 12, 2019
Digital transformation, rural and productive development programs in the Dry Corridor, and improvement of the climatic resilience of forests will be financed through loans and donations Digital transformation for increased competitiveness
2019-12-12

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.
2019-10-31

Nearly 1,400 indigenous entrepreneurs in Panama to boost revenue with support from IDB

May 20, 2019
A USD43 MILLION OPERATION WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO FINANCING, INVESTMENT IN PRODUCTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a USD40 million loan to Panama, complemented by a local contribution of USD3 million, to implement an ambitious program financial inclusion and indigenous entrepreneurship in the country's 12 indigenous regions.

IDB approves grant funds for countries receiving migrants in Latin America and Caribbean

May 07, 2019
Grant resources will support inclusive national development investments, regional projects, research, training on critical issues, and innovative solutions impacting development in region The Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank has approved the use of its special grant facility to support operations that help countries integrate migrants into local communities and contribute to their development.

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.