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

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 09:40
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 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).

Honduras to boost competitiveness of logistics and transport sector with support from IDB

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 17:20
LOAN OF $90 MILLION AIMS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN LOGISTICAL PERFORMANCE THROUGH AN AMBITIOUS REFORM PROGRAM The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $90 million loan for Honduras to implement an ambitious program of reforms in the transport and freight logistics sector, with the goal strengthening the country’s competitiveness and regional integration through improved logistics.

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

Caribbean leaders launch plan to make region a “climate-smart zone,” with IDB support

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 19:00
Paris — The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) announced its support for the newly formed Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, a public-private initiative aimed at funding an $8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit an estimated 3.2 million households in the region.

IDB promotes Mesoamerica’s transportation, logistics and integration agenda

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 03:00
IDB to finance specialized studies as well as investment and action plans for regional initiatives, with particular emphasis on the Pacific Corridor

IDB Group pledges $750 million for key infrastructure projects in the Northern Triangle

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 18:49
Combined resources from the IDB Group, private investors and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would finance projects in energy, transportation, water, tourism The Inter-American Development Bank and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today announced an initiative to unleash an unprecedented series of infrastructure investments as a complement to funding already being provided under the Plan of the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle.

Lowering fiscal and external vulnerability the key to promoting growth in Central America and the Dominican Republic

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 03:00
Regional IDB Governors meet in Washington to analyze economic prospects for 2017 The modest recovery in the United States and continuing favorable financial conditions in 2017 will also represent sources of economic stimulus throughout the year for the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic, which will translate into growth of around 3.9 percent in 2017. Internal financial and monetary reforms should ensure price stability and the health of the banking system.