The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 03:00
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.

Becoming a Free-Trade Regional Hub

Monday, March 26, 2007 - 03:00
With the increasing number of bilateral trade agreements around the globe and greater focus on the markets of  Asia-Pacific countries, the time is appropriate to suggest a Latin American hub for commerce and integration with Asian countries: Chile. Chile has one of the most global, open economies in the world in terms of investment, joint ventures, software for trading, and compliance with World Trade Organization regulations.

Exporting is not enough

Monday, August 2, 2004 - 03:00
Latin American exports have done well in terms of volume during the last quarter century. Indeed, they have exceeded the expansion of world trade. But even with the edge in trade, economic growth has been disappointing throughout the region. Isn’t export promotion the key to growth, according to the mantra of 70’s? That’s what everyone used to believe; but time has shown clearly that stimulating growth requires much more than just increasing exports.

The multinational effect

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 03:00
Many people make the quick assumption that multinational firms’ investment is linked with negative economic effects in the host country, or reject the hypothesis that foreign direct investment accelerates productivity growth in domestic firms.

Chile bets on globalization

Wednesday, April 2, 2003 - 03:00
The challenge was to reach a commercial agreement with the United States and open the US market of hundreds of millions of consumers to Chilean industry. It turned out to be a long journey, including more than 10 years of requesting negotiations and two years more of actual negotiations, according to Osvaldo Rosales, director of International Economic Relations at the Chilean Foreign Ministery, during a speech delivered at the IDB. "We had to arm ourselves with patience", said Rosales, recalling those moments. “The U.S.

Call for papers

Friday, January 24, 2003 - 03:00
The First Annual Conference of the Euro-Latin Study Network on Integration and Trade will take place in Barcelona on November 6-7, 2003. The event will be hosted by the Center for Research in International Economics (CREI), under the sponsorship and co-organization of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Conference will consist of three sessions: