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 announces innovative solution to address ocean plastic pollution in Haiti

October 07, 2019
IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, will support Environmental Cleaning Solutions S.A. (ECSSA) capacity to recycle plastic in Haiti.   Haiti is considered one of the countries with the greatest risk of plastic entering the ocean.  The country generates a large volume of plastic waste in urban areas due to high consumption of treated water, soft drinks, and take away meals sold in plastic containers. 

IDB 60th anniversary activities begin with business summit focused on development themes

September 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank kicked off its 60th anniversary celebrations with a Business Summit in Washington on the transformational innovations taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region’s insertion into the digital economy, and the challenges of building sustainable infrastructure.

Latin Americans express broad support for trade, survey shows

September 24, 2019
Support depends on how the information is framed, with important implications on public policies Latin Americans back more trade by big margins, though an innovative experiment finds support is fragile and may be swayed by information emphasizing negative consequences, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank.

IDB supports Uruguay’s investment, trade and innovation modernization program

September 12, 2019
The Bank approved a second operation under the deferred drawdown modality aimed at consolidating the country’s economic internationalization process The Inter-American Development Bank approved a $250 million loan to finance the second phase of Uruguay’s Investment, Trade and Innovation Framework Modernization Program. The overall objective of the program is to modernize the normative-institutional framework of investment, trade and innovation to consolidate the country’s international insertion process.

Hurricane Dorian: IDB provides $100 million in emergency funding line to The Bahamas

September 06, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank will provide $100 million to help finance humanitarian and reconstruction efforts in The Bahamas, following widespread loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Ecuador will strengthen fiscal stability with IDB support

August 28, 2019
Ecuador will strengthen its fiscal stability framework by optimizing the ownership of public companies of the executive function with a loan of $75 million approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This reform program aims to recalibrate the country's growth engines, acting as a catalyst for private sector development and improving the competitiveness of the economy for all its citizens.

Optimal sanitation: Focus on the Americas at World Water Week 2019

August 26, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank is coordinating the Focus on the Americas sessions during World Water Week in Sweden’s capital, with a focus on adopting a new paradigm to close the gap in secure sanitation services in the region. STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Providing safe sanitation for all in Latin America requires not only significant investments, but a change of paradigm to be able to do more with less resources. Right now, only 22% to the population of Latin America and the Caribbean have access to those services.

Program to eliminate malaria in Mesoamerica identifies 183 active outbreaks

August 23, 2019
The Regional Initiative to Eliminate Malaria has presented today its first results to the heads of state and government of the region. The goal is for Central America countries, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico to be declared free of Malaria by 2022. The Regional Initiative to Eliminate Malaria (IREM in Spanish) presented today to the heads of state and government of Mesoamerica the first results of the joint efforts being waged since early 2019 to eliminate malaria from these countries by 2022.

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

July 19, 2019
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