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

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).

IDB supports Colombia’s efforts to fight and prevent corruption

December 11, 2017
Colombia will strengthen public surveillance and promote its institutions’ transparency and integration by boosting up the effectiveness of the Public Prosecutor's Office (PGN, after its Spanish initials) with help from a $40 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB supports Ecuador in rebuilding electricity infrastructure damaged by earthquake

January 25, 2017
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help Ecuador with a $60 million loan to rebuild electrical infrastructure in areas hit by an earthquake last April, through the incorporation of quake-resistant features in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí and Santo Domingo. The specific goals of the project are to restore the supply of electricity through the sub-transmission systems of the utility companies affected by the quake and facilitate reliable supply of electricity to final users through the implementation of electrical distribution projects.

The trade slowdown in Latin America and the Caribbean is more intense than in the rest of the world

November 17, 2016
South American and Caribbean countries were the most affected. Following two years in a downward trajectory, the value of Latin American exports fell 14.8 percent in 2015, and 8.5 percent in the first seven months of 2016, according to the Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 of the Inter-American Development Bank.

The IDB recognizes five municipal governments in the Gobernarte Contest and pays tribute to Eduardo Campos

April 22, 2016
The winners were chosen for their innovative initiatives The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) selected the cities of Fortaleza and San Bernardo del Campo in Brazil, Antigua Guatemala in Guatemala, Guayaquil in Ecuador, and Baruta in Venezuela as the winners of “Gobernarte 2015: Eduardo Campos Award” in a ceremony held on April 19.