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.

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).

Business Forum brings together private and public sector leaders to promote infrastructure investment and integration

March 23, 2018
Argentine ministers and Mendoza governor take part in event held ahead of IDB Annual Meeting MENDOZA, Argentina – The III Business Forum opened today with the participation of nearly 900 business leaders and government officials from 30 countries, who convened to discuss an ambitious agenda focused on boosting investments in infrastructure, promoting regional economies, and speeding up regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IDB releases its 2010 Development Effectiveness Report

March 23, 2011
Report evaluates Bank’s efforts in measuring its development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has made strides to boost transparency, accountability and enhance the development impact of its investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the new edition of the IDB’s 2010 Development Effectiveness Overview.

IDB launches business plan competition for tourism projects in the Caribbean

December 10, 2009
The Inter-American Development Bank will hold a business plan competition for Caribbean tourism projects involving low-income communities in their value chains. The contest, organized by the IDB’s Opportunities for the Majority Initiative, is open to companies based in the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Latin America needs microeconomic reforms to expand its middle class, Bill Clinton says

June 13, 2006
Latin America should carry out microeconomic reforms to clear the path for more poor people to join the middle class, instead of locking itself in a debate over fiscal discipline and social spending, former U.S. president Bill Clinton said today. In a public dialogue with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, Clinton also commented on current issues such as immigration, alternative energy sources, climate change and the fight against AIDS.

IDB launches initiative to generate economic opportunities for majority in Latin America and the Caribbean

June 06, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno today unveiled an initiative aimed at generating economic opportunities for low-income people in Latin America and the Caribbean, who make up a majority of the region’s population. In a briefing held at the IDB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and transmitted to field offices across the region, Moreno explained that the Building Opportunities for the Majority initiative will seek innovative solutions to help low-income people develop their economic potential and accumulate assets.

IDB to present new development initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean

June 01, 2006
Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, June 6 to present a new initiative to promote economic opportunities for the low-income majority of Latin America and the Caribbean, a region where poverty and inequality levels have hardly changed over the past five decades.