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

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 09:40
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 launches dual tranche $1 billion 2-Yr and $1.5 billion 7-Year fixed rate global bonds

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 17:38
The Inter-American Development Bank (“IADB” or “IDB”), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P), today priced a new dual tranche $1 billion 1.875% 2-year and $1.5 billion 2.000% 7-year fixed rate global bond. The 2-year note pays a semi-annual coupon of 1.875%, matures on 23 July 2021 and priced with a spread of 3bps over mid-swaps and 5.75bps over the UST 1.625% due June 2021, which represents a yield of 1.924% s.a.

IDB Issues New Education, Youth, and Employment (EYE) Uridashi Bonds for Naito Securities

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 16:33
The Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “IADB”), rated Aaa/AAA, has priced two Uridashi zero coupon notes for Naito Securities under its Education, Youth and Employment (EYE) Bond Program.

Costa Rica will strengthen its fiscal sustainability with IDB support

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 15:04
A $350 million loan will contribute to controlling expenditure and modernizing the country's tax system Costa Rica will strengthen its fiscal sustainability by controlling expenditure and modernizing the tax system with a $350 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This is the first of two operations under the programmatic policy-based loan modality.

IDB launches US$2.1 billion 2.250% 10-year Fixed Rate Global

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 16:54
The Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “IADB”), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P),priced a new US$2.1 billion 10-year global bond. The transaction pays a semi-annual coupon of 2.250% and matures on 18 June 2029. Priced with a spread of 12.25 basis points over the UST 2.375% May-29, this represents a yield of 2.270%.

IDB highlights strengths of Central America in the face of external economic challenges

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 15:14
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.

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.

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