Ecuador will strengthen fiscal stability with IDB support

August 28, 2019
Ecuador will strengthen its fiscal stability framework by optimizing the ownership of public companies of the executive function with a loan of $75 million approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This reform program aims to recalibrate the country's growth engines, acting as a catalyst for private sector development and improving the competitiveness of the economy for all its citizens.

IDB highlights strengths of Central America in the face of external economic challenges

April 03, 2019
Two new studies on the region examine the current economic landscape and the work that the IDB Group has carried out over the last year. The economy of Central America and the Dominican Republic has continued to grow over the past year, although at significantly different rates depending on the country. For 2018, growth is estimated at 3.8 percent, a level similar to that of 2017, thanks to a robust economic performance by the region´s main trading partner, the United States.

Eric Parrado appointed as new chief economist for the IDB

January 23, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that starting March 1 Eric Parrado Herrera will take over as the new chief economist and general manager of the IDB’s Research Department. A Chilean national, Parrado is Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School of Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, and visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the Central European University. 

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).

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

Bogota to improve public transportation system with IDB financial support

August 01, 2018
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $600 million conditional credit line for investment projects that includes a $70 million loan to build Bogota’s First Metro Liner (PLMB, after its Spanish initials) – Segment 1.

IDB reaffirms commitment to urban transportation in Quito with new loan

April 27, 2018
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $250 million loan to help build a metro line in the capital city of Quito, Ecuador. This operation, which adds to a $200 million loan approved in December 2012, is testimony to the commitment of the IDB to support sustainable urban mobility projects in areas under pressure to meet growing demands for an efficient public transportation system.

Colombia to improve sustainable energy system with IDB support

November 30, 2017
A $300 million loan will boost power supply safety and efficiency and promote the use of clean energy sources, benefiting users throughout the country  Colombia will enhance its energy sector’s sustainability and efficiency with a $300 million loan approved 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.

IDB Group and UK approve innovative £177 million financing program for sustainable infrastructure

November 14, 2017
Bonn, Germany— The Inter-American Development Bank Group, principally through its private-sector arm IDB Invest, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the UK (BEIS) announced today they are partnering to create the UK Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP).