Study analyzes challenges faced by Central America as it seeks sustainable development

July 19, 2019
A new publication uses analysis of trade, investment, migration, the financial sector, raw materials, and natural resources to propose policy options The Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School have presented in San Jose, Costa Rica, a book entitled “The Future of Central America: Challenges for Sustainable Development”,  w

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.

Quality expenditure and digitalization, priorities for Central America, Dominican Republic

February 15, 2019
The IDB brings regional Governors to its Washington, D.C. headquarters to consider policy options to speed up growth and reduce poverty The Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB), Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic held their 33rd Annual Meeting to discuss options to achieve higher growth rates and foster productive activities in the years to come. The region grew 3.8 percent in 2018, way above the 1.1 percent average for Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole. In addition, it is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019.

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).

Modernization hydroelectric plant, productive and tourism competitiveness of Salto Grande

November 28, 2018
IDB approved two integration operations that will benefit Argentina and Uruguay The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved two financing packages worth a total of $130 million in support of a program to modernize the Argentine-Uruguayan binational hydroelectric power plant in Salto Grande and a program to boost the competitiveness of the productive and tourism sectors of that region, made up of the departments of Concordia and Federacion in the Argentine province of Entre Ríos and Salto departm

Dominican Republic to boost energy efficiency with IDB loan

November 01, 2018
The $400 million program will facilitate adoption and implementation of sectorial reforms and policies needed to make the country’s electricity sector financially sustainable and operationally efficient The goals of the plan include strengthening the electricity sector’s institutional and supervisory capital and enhancing sectorial planning and regulation. At the same time, the loan will help support better management and operations at electricity distribution companies.

Bolivia to enhance electricity infrastructure with IDB support

October 25, 2018
$78 million loan will also help reduce carbon emissions The loan will help Bolivia boost its power service coverage, improve its energy matrix’s sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, and contribute to the goal of ensuring universal access to electricity throughout the country.

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

IDB approves $51.6 million loan to boost electricity sector in Bolivia

September 20, 2018
The program is the first of two operations under the Programmatic Policy-Based Lending modality which will help improve the sustainability of the electricity sector in Bolivia The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $51.6 million loan for Bolivia which will strengthen sustainable development of the electricity sector, including the promotion of renewable energies such as geothermal, solar and wind power.