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.

Colombia issues first energy savings insurance policies

February 13, 2019
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES ACCESS TO POLICIES TO GUARANTEE ENERGY SAVING IN INVESTMENT PROJECTS FOR MORE EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES With the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, and in collaboration with BANCOLDEX, Colombia has become the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to issue energy saving policies under the Energy Savings Insurance Program (ESI) in benefit of five small and medium-si

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).

Brazil to improve municipal infrastructure with IDB support

December 03, 2018
INVESTMENTS OF $600 MILLION CHANNELED BY BANCO DO BRASIL WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MUNICIPALITIES WITH A POPULATION OF UP TO 500,000 The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $600 million multisectoral loan to Banco do Brasil to improve the efficiency of road, water, energy and public services infrastructure in small and medium-sized cities.

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).

Latin America and Caribbean single free trade agreement would reap $11 billion windfall, IDB study shows

May 29, 2018
Report urges action by major regional economies Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, amid challenging trade environment Latin America and the Caribbean could add an additional $11 billion in annual trade flows by blending 33 separate agreements into a single regional free trade bloc, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

More than 3,000 business meetings held at LAC Flavors Argentina 2017

November 07, 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina- More than 560 food exporting companies from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) met with 120 international buyers from five continents at LAC Flavors 2017, where they closed transactions valued at a projected amount of $152 million, according to preliminary data from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Finance Ministers discuss priorities to reactivate growth

October 11, 2017
In order to sustain economic recovery, region needs to implement financial inclusion and trade integration policies WASHINGTON DC – Finance Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean and senior officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and the U.S. Treasury Department met today at the IDB’s headquarters to discuss policy options to promote inclusive financial systems and deeper regional integration to help strengthen economic growth prospects.

Latin American and Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

May 22, 2017
A new report by the IDB estimates a year-on-year growth rate of 17 percent in the first quarter of 2017 After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth. In the first quarter of 2017, the value of goods exports increased 17 percent year-on-year, having contracted 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was driven primarily by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 25 countries in the region.