IDB highlights strengths of Central America in the face of external economic challenges

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 15:14
Two new studies on the region examine the current economic landscape and the work that the IDB Group has carried out over the last year. The economy of Central America and the Dominican Republic has continued to grow over the past year, although at significantly different rates depending on the country. For 2018, growth is estimated at 3.8 percent, a level similar to that of 2017, thanks to a robust economic performance by the region´s main trading partner, the United States.

Eric Parrado appointed as new chief economist for the IDB

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:01
The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that starting March 1 Eric Parrado Herrera will take over as the new chief economist and general manager of the IDB’s Research Department. A Chilean national, Parrado is Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School of Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, and visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the Central European University. 

Latin American and Caribbean exports rise but at a slower rate

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:13
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).

Government spending waste costs Latin America and Caribbean 4.4% of GDP: IDB study

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 15:05
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

Brazil’s Santa Catarina State will improve productivity and reliability of electricity supply with IDB support

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 19:00
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a multiple-works investment loan in the amount of US$276.05 million to Centrais Elétricas de Santa Catarina–Distribuição S.A. (CELESC-D), the electric power distribution utility serving Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina. The program’s overall objective is to help boost productivity throughout the state of Santa Catarina by providing a higher quality and more reliable supply of electric power.

Argentina and Chile get $280 million in IDB loans for first stage of the Agua Negra international tunnel

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 14:22
A $130 million loan for Argentina and a $150 million loan for Chile, expandable to a total $1.5 billion, will help both countries begin construction of new cross-border tunnel The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved two loans totaling $280 million –$130 million for Argentina and $150 million for Chile– to help start the construction of the Agua Negra tunnel connecting the two neighboring nations.

IIC finances Aela Energía wind projects in Chile

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 14:25
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, closed a $135 million project finance loan to Aela Energía for the construction, operation and maintenance of three wind projects located in the Atacama, Los Lagos and Bio-Bio regions of Chile.

IIC promotes energy-efficient street lighting in Chilean municipalities

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 03:00
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has signed a financing package of US$18.5 million with Itelecom to upgrade public roadway lighting systems to high efficiency LED technology in eight municipalities in Chile.

Argentina and Chile will begin to develop Agua Negra Tunnel with support from IDB

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 14:35
A loan of $40 million will allow the two countries to structure the project and finance the final designs of this cross-border tunnel The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $40 million loan that will allow for bidding to begin for the Agua Negra tunnel, which will connect San Juan province in Argentina with that of Coquimbo in Chile.

Chile to implement sustainable energy project with IDB support

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 03:00
Plan will develop energy policy that encourages competition, energy efficiency, use of renewable sourcesand regional integration The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million loan to finance a program that will boost energy sustainability in Chile through a reform process that addresses technical, economic, social and environmental issues in the sector and takes into account national and regional needs and interests.