Eric Parrado appointed as new chief economist for the IDB

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:01
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

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:13
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).

Global Alliance to Promote the Use of Blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:45
Representatives of the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, together with representatives of the world's leading technology and consulting companies, announced today the launch of LAC-Chain, a new alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentation of this new alliance took place at the FOROMIC 2018 conference, which is being held this year in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Multilateral banks reaffirm pledge to support resilient, sustainable infrastructure

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 16:41
IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno participates in the opening session BALI, Indonesia - The heads of the leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) meeting at the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018 (GI Forum) today expressed their condolences following the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods in Sulawesi, Indonesia and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to deliver infrastructure that is resilient, inclusive, and sustainable.

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 15:05
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

Paraguay to promote private sector investments in energy efficiency with IDB support

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 11:48
The $20 million loan with Green Climate Fund resources will scale up the small and medium enterprises investments in energy efficiency in the industrial sector Paraguay will promote improved long-term productivity and energy efficiency investments by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), with a $20 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

IDB backs measures to boost productivity in Paraguay

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 19:00
Loan of $200 million will support key measures to develop the private and financial sectors  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $200 million policy-based loan to support reforms aimed at boosting economic productivity in Paraguay.  The reforms are key to improving inclusive and sustainable growth in Paraguay in a context marked by international financial uncertainty, the economic evolution of its main trading partners and a fall in commodity prices. 

The IIC supports the deployment of 4G LTE broadband in Paraguay

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 13:58
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, has signed a guaranteed 402 billion Paraguayan Guarani loan with Telefónica Celular del Paraguay S.A. (Tigo) to support broadband deployment in the country and boost productivity and economic growth. This transaction reflects the IIC's commitment to fund more telecommunications projects in the region. The loan will support the company's long-term competitiveness strategy and its multi-year investment plan, focused on the deployment of technological infrastructure in Paraguay.

MIF invests in NXTP Labs’ Impact Investing Fund for Latin American Tech-Driven Social Enterprises

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 03:00
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an equity investment of US$5 million in an impact investing fund for Latin American tech-driven social enterprises. The MIF is the first anchor investor in the NXTP Labs Fund providing seed capital for approximately 32 companies in technology verticals such as FinTech, AgTech, EdTech, CleanTech, Marketplace, SaaS for SMEs, Collaborative Economy and Disruptive Technologies, among others.

Latin American and Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 03:00
A new report by the IDB estimates a year-on-year growth rate of 17 percent in the first quarter of 2017 After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth. In the first quarter of 2017, the value of goods exports increased 17 percent year-on-year, having contracted 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was driven primarily by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 25 countries in the region.