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.

FOROMIC launches in the Dominican Republic, seeks to reinvent inclusion

October 31, 2019
The event was attended by IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. Dominican Republic – FOROMIC, the main event on innovation for the inclusion of Latin America and the Caribbean, has just started in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with the slogan “Reinventing Inclusion”. The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Finance, Donald Guerrero and the President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno.

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.

IDB launches Superheroes of Development contest to recognize executing agencies

March 04, 2019
In its second edition, the call for proposals will be open from March 4th to May 17th, 2019. The Superheroes of Development Award will recognize executing agencies of IDB-financed projects that have successfully addressed challenges during its implementation. The contest will identify eight finalists from across Latin America and the Caribbean who will travel to IDB’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to present their solutions.

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.

Artificial intelligence to boost Latin American and Caribbean economies: IDB study

August 29, 2018
Study also urges governments to anticipate consequences of artificial intelligence in labor markets BUENOS AIRES – Artificial intelligence can facilitate trade negotiations and add one additional percentage point of growth to Latin American and the Caribbean economies, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Scholars stress great integration potential between India and Latin America

July 27, 2010
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) unveiled today a new study calling for India and Latin America to foster closer economic ties in order to tap into  “massive” trade and investment opportunities between these two distant partners.

IDB: It is imperative that trade continues to flow in the region to mitigate crisis

May 07, 2009
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy warned against protectionism at the Second Regional Review on Aid for Trade (AfT) for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The integration of our hemisphere has proven to be one of the most powerful engines of economic growth and human and social development,” said Moreno during the opening session of the AfT conference being held today and tomorrow in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

IDB welcomes Banco Agrícola as issuing and confirming Bank under its Trade Finance Facilitation Program (TFFP)

April 06, 2009
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced today that Banco Agrícola of El Salvador joined the IDB’s Trade Finance Facilitation Program (TFFP). Under the TFFP, the IDB extends guarantees to cover letters of credit, promissory notes, bid bonds, performance bonds, advance payment bonds and other instruments used in international trade transactions. The TFFP can help Banco Agrícola to further increase its trade finance business and to take advantage of the TFFP’s countercyclical effects during times of volatility in trade finance flows. TFFP

IDB Annual Meeting concludes with countries vowing action on crisis

March 31, 2009
Governments approve kicking off process to review IDB capital levels. Seminars, dialogues, exhibitions and debates mark IDB’s 50-year anniversary.MEDELLÍN, Colombia – For nearly a week ending today, this picturesque and thriving city transformed itself into the economic epicenter of Latin America and the Caribbean.