IDB approves three operations for Honduras totaling US$134.7 million

December 12, 2019
Digital transformation, rural and productive development programs in the Dry Corridor, and improvement of the climatic resilience of forests will be financed through loans and donations Digital transformation for increased competitiveness

IDB Lab, CIAT and SoftBank partner to promote smart rice farming in Colombia

October 28, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank, through its innovation lab – IDB Lab, approved US$2 million funding for a project that will improve the productivity and sustainability of rice farming in Colombia The project, led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), will implement a new technological solution called “e-kakashi,” a service that combines internet of things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber physical systems (CPS) to transform agriculture into a real-time, data-driven science.

WeXchange announces six finalists of its 2019 Pitch Competition

October 15, 2019
Finals of the Pitch Competition will take place during the seventh edition of the WeXchange forum, on November 13 and 14, at the Event Center of Paso la Galeria in Asuncion, Paraguay WeXchange,the platform that connects high-growth entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean with mentors and investors, announced its six finalists of the Pitch Competition selected from more than 570 applicants from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic to host Foromic 2019

October 01, 2019
Foromic, the premier event in Latin America and the Caribbean on the issue of inclusion, will be held this in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, from October 30 to November 1, with the theme of “Reinventing Inclusion.” The forum is being organized by the IDB Group, led by IDB Lab, the group’s innovation laboratory.

Colombia will strengthen public sector strategic management with IDB support

August 30, 2019
Colombia will advance in the modernization of public management through the implementation of an innovative Government Center (Smart Delivery Unit) that will incorporate cutting-edge technologies to support evidence-based decision-making processes with a $15 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Coding bootcamps as a response to the shortage of digital talent in Latin America

August 05, 2019
A new publication of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) entitled “Disrupting Talent: The Emergence of Coding Bootcamps and the Future of Digital Skills”, explores the potential of bootcamps as a fast and effective alternative to solve the shortage of digital talent in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

IDB launches Orange Innovation challenge to boost cultural and creative industries

May 23, 2019
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is launching a new challenge known as Orange Innovation to select and finance proposals of up to $500,000 from entities with the best and most innovative business models using cutting-edge technologies to in some sectors of the Orange Economy.

Quality expenditure and digitalization, priorities for Central America, Dominican Republic

February 15, 2019
The IDB brings regional Governors to its Washington, D.C. headquarters to consider policy options to speed up growth and reduce poverty The Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB), Central American Isthmus and the Dominican Republic held their 33rd Annual Meeting to discuss options to achieve higher growth rates and foster productive activities in the years to come. The region grew 3.8 percent in 2018, way above the 1.1 percent average for Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole. In addition, it is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019.

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.