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.

IDB approves three operations for Honduras totaling US$134.7 million

December 12, 2019
Digital transformation, rural and productive development programs in the Dry Corridor, and improvement of the climatic resilience of forests will be financed through loans and donations Digital transformation for increased competitiveness

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.

The Government of France becomes founding donor of the IDB´s Natural Capital Lab

December 02, 2019
The Government of the France will contribute €24 million to the Natural Capital Lab of the Inter-American Development Bank, becoming its founding donor. France´s Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Brune Poirson, and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno today signed the establishment of the initiative on the sidelines of Chile COP25 in Madrid, Spain.

IDB approves project to improve social services in Ecuador

November 27, 2019
Ecuador is the first country to receive funds from the IDB's new Migration Initiative to support countries that take in migrants Ecuador will strengthen its social services in the areas of health, education and social protection for at-risk communities in several high-priority cities following approval of an Inter-American Development Bank project.  It is the first operation approved under a new modality that includes grant money to help cities that take in migrants.

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 launches coalition to promote cross-cutting skills in the 21st century

October 21, 2019
Today, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with 22 partners from the public and private sector, announced the launch of a 21st century skills coalition that will support the implementation of a new generation of education and training policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. This coalition will provide more than US$34.7 million in funding to support projects that will promote these skills among children and youth in the region.

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