Panama will improve its competitiveness and sustainable economic growth with IDB support

December 03, 2019
Program will contribute to benefit more than 45,000 micro, small and medium enterprises, including sectors of the creative, digital and tourism industries Panama will promote sustainable economic growth by improving its competitiveness with a digital environment and boosting its emerging sectors with a $200 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Barbados will invest in the modernization of the public sector with IDB support

November 28, 2019
A US$40 million loan will contribute to the digital transformation of public administration and improve the quality of public and private services  Barbados will invest in the modernization of the public sector by increasing the effectiveness of the government to improve the competitiveness of the country's economy with a loan of US$40 million approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

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.

Damages and other impacts on Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian estimated at $3.4 billion: report

November 15, 2019
GREAT ABACO, The Bahamas – A new report estimates the total cost of the impacts and effects of Hurricane Dorian on The Bahamas at $3.4 billion, with hundreds dead or missing and impacts on the economy that will last for years.

Belize signs loan agreement with IDB to strengthen tax administration

November 04, 2019
BELIZE CITY, Belize – The Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Cassandra T. Rogers signed a loan agreement today in the amount of US$14 million to strengthen tax administration in Belize.

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.

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