Latin American and the Caribbean Exports Fall After Two Years of Growth

December 12, 2019
The value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will decrease by 2.4 percent in 2019 after two years of robust growth, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank that analyzes the trade performance of 25 countries in the region.

Colombia launches inclusive employment program to facilitate access to jobs

December 11, 2019
Program for $25 million will include grants from the Government of Switzerland the IDB and the Government of Spain Employability in Colombia will improve with a new program that seeks to bolster employment services, provide better job training and broaden the scope of competency-based certification, among other measures.

Reducing Trade Costs Could Increase commerce with Asia by US$69 billion: IDB Report

December 09, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean to Asia could grow 27 percent in the medium term if trade costs associated with tariffs, transportation, and logistics are reduced, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Trade liberalization has boosted Latin American and Caribbean economies, IDB study finds

November 25, 2019
However, governments need to do more to shore up support for trade and ensure benefits are more widely attained Latin America and the Caribbean region saw faster economic and wage growth thanks to a lowering of trade barriers, a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank shows. The study also provides policy recommendations to ensure the region is better positioned to take advantage of trade liberalization and make its benefits more tangible to citizens.

IDB study diagnoses investment promotion agencies in Latin America

October 25, 2019
Resources, presence overseas and the level of targeting of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) contribute considerably to attracting greater volumes of foreign direct investment and to bringing multinational companies to their respective countries, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB, Germany and Switzerland partner to transform vocational training in LAC

October 18, 2019
Multi-donor fund of US$13 million will accelerate the transformation of technical and vocational education and training in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and the Government of Switzerland, represented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), have launched the TVET Fund, a new multi-donor fund that aims to transform

Reducing trade costs could boost exports to Korea

October 10, 2019
Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean to Korea could grow by about US$10 billion, or 43%, if a set of reforms to reduce trade costs are implemented and bilateral cooperation reach new levels, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank. The report, Stepping Up Cooperation, Policy Options for Latin America and Korea, was presented during the 5th Korea-LAC Business Summit, held in Seoul, Korea, on October 7th and 8th.

IDB 60th anniversary activities begin with business summit focused on development themes

September 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank kicked off its 60th anniversary celebrations with a Business Summit in Washington on the transformational innovations taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region’s insertion into the digital economy, and the challenges of building sustainable infrastructure.

Latin Americans express broad support for trade, survey shows

September 24, 2019
Support depends on how the information is framed, with important implications on public policies Latin Americans back more trade by big margins, though an innovative experiment finds support is fragile and may be swayed by information emphasizing negative consequences, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

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.