Colombia leads the 2019 Global Financial Inclusion Microscope for the 2nd consecutive year

October 31, 2019
Dominican Republic – Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico lead the ranking of the Global Microscope on the environment for financial inclusion, an index that focuses on regulation, political strategies, and infrastructure to address this issue. In these four countries, financial inclusion is a priority and incorporates digital approaches. While Colombia and Mexico lead public policy and consumer protection categories, Uruguay and Peru stand out in stability and financial integrity.

IDB will hold Policy Dialogue and Forum on Better Management and Public Expenditure

October 31, 2019
Decision-makers and experts from Latin American and Caribbean countries will hold the Regional Fiscal Policy Dialogue and the Third International Forum of the Decentralization Network and Subnational Fiscal Management in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will address the issue of better management and quality of public spending  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through the Fiscal Management Division, will conduct the Regional Fiscal Policy Dialogue and the Third International Forum of the Decentralization and Subnational Fiscal Management Network of Latin America and the

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.

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.

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.

Fintech activity in Latin America spreads to 18 countries

January 17, 2019
1,166 FINTECH VENTURES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AN INCREASE OF 66 PERCENT COMPARED TO 2017 The report Fintech en América Latina 2018: crecimiento y consolidación (Fintech in Latin America 2018: Growth and Consolidation), published today by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista, identified 1,166 financial technology startups (Fintech), a rise of 66% since the first study published by the two organizations in 2017.

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).

Declining Export Competitiveness: Latin America Urgently Needs a Quality Leap

November 14, 2018
BUENOS AIRES—In the first quarter of 2018, the value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a year-on-year rate of 9.7 percent in comparison with the same period in 2017, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). However, this growth has come amid signs that the region is becoming less competitive amid rising economic risks and global trade tensions.

IDB bolsters Barbados’ macroeconomic emergency program

November 06, 2018
THE $100 MILLION LOAN IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT RESTORING BARBADOS’ ECONOMIC STABILITY, PROMOTE GROWTH, AND IMPLEMENT REFORMS Relying upon a $100 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Barbados seeks to regain macroeconomic stability, implement fiscal adjustment measures that foster a sustainable fiscal balance in the short and medium term, and protect social spending programs for the most vulnerable Barbadians.

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