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.

IIC closes B-bond structure in Campo Palomas Wind Farm

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 16:56
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, has closed on a landmark 19.5 years amortizing B-bond for US$135.8 million to finance the operation of the 70 MW Uruguayan wind farm Campo Palomas. The project is developed by Invenergy, a global leader in renewable energy projects. The transaction marks the first B-bond issued in connection with an IIC A loan and the second such structure deployed by the IDB Group – the first one being the IDB’s Reventazon Hydroelectric Plant in Costa Rica.

IIC finances transmission line to connect renewable energy projects in Uruguay

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 03:00
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, signed a US$56 million senior A-loan and a US$25 million B-loan from BBVA to Difebal S.A, a special purpose vehicle fully owned by Terna, the largest transmission system operator in Europe.

IIC to finance first public-private partnership transmission line in Uruguay

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 03:00
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) continues to support energy generation from renewable sources in Uruguay with the approval of a $56 million financing package for a 500 Kv transmission line between the cities of Melo and Tacuarembó. The project will expand the electricity network enabling the integration of renewable energy into the grid.

IIC finances the Valentines Wind Farm in Uruguay

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 03:00
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, has disbursed a US$120 million financing package to Areaflin, S.A. to support the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Valentines Wind Farm in Uruguay. The 70 MW project will provide clean energy to over 100,000 Uruguayans at cheaper rates than fossil-fuel based alternatives. It will generate approximately 311.4 GWh of renewable energy per year and will reduce annual emissions by approximately 187,726 tons of CO2e.

Better governance and greater integration to determine fate of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2030

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 03:00
New Atlantic Council report commissioned by IDB offers contrasting scenarios for crime, democracy, trade and economic growth The Atlantic Council today released "Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios," a report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that looks at how the region's countries could evolve over the next 14 years, underscoring how more integration and better governance hold the key to greater prosperity.

Uruguay to improve rural roads network and fiscal management

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 03:00
IDB approves two credit lines totaling $600 million and two initial loans for a total of $150 million Uruguay will improve its rural roads network and provide support to 18 departmental governments with support from two credit lines for investment projects for a total $600 million and two initial loans totaling $150 million from the In