Eric Parrado appointed as new chief economist for the IDB

January 23, 2019
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

January 10, 2019
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).

Global Alliance to Promote the Use of Blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 30, 2018
Representatives of the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, together with representatives of the world's leading technology and consulting companies, announced today the launch of LAC-Chain, a new alliance to promote the use of blockchain in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentation of this new alliance took place at the FOROMIC 2018 conference, which is being held this year in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Multilateral banks reaffirm pledge to support resilient, sustainable infrastructure

October 13, 2018
IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno participates in the opening session BALI, Indonesia - The heads of the leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) meeting at the Global Infrastructure Forum 2018 (GI Forum) today expressed their condolences following the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods in Sulawesi, Indonesia and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to deliver infrastructure that is resilient, inclusive, and sustainable.

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

September 24, 2018
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

More than 800 business and government leaders discuss ambitious integration agenda to compete in global trade

March 31, 2017
IDB President and Paraguay’s Minister of Industry and Trade inaugurate the Business Forum at the Bank’s Annual Meeting ASUNCION, Paraguay – The Business Forum “Latin America: An Agenda for Growth and Development” opened today, with more than 800 business leaders and high-level government officials from 33 countries. The participants gathered to discuss Forum an ambitious integration agenda to help the region participate in international value chains and compete in global trade.

IDB launches 2017 Call for Proposals to promote Regional Public Goods in Latin America and the Caribbean

February 24, 2017
The deadline for accepting proposals is April 26th, 2017 The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the 2017 Call for Proposals of the Initiative for the Promotion of Regional Public Goods in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), which supports projects aimed at resolving shared challenges and seizing opportunities for development through regional cooperation among at least three countries. Since 2004, the RPG Initiative has financed 140 projects, investing a total of more than US$103 million.

IDB helps thousands of SMEs from the region to do business with China

October 21, 2016
3,000 business meetings were held at the China-LAC Business Summit The main goal of the 10th China-LAC Business Summit, recently organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), was to support Latin American and Caribbean small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with expanding their trade ties with China. Through these forums, the Bank has over the years enabled thousands of SMEs to penetrate the Chinese market, promoting knowledge exchange and business making.

Committees of the Boards of Governors of IDB and IIC back advancing towards MIF replenishment

October 06, 2016
The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) met in Washington DC today to discuss a report on the strategic vision and future financing of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). The IDB and IIC Governors requested the preparation of this report during their Annual Meeting held in March in The Bahamas. The Multilateral Investment Fund is an innovation lab for the IDB Group to promote development through the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to showcase their projects in Silicon Valley

June 20, 2016
Demand Solutions, to take place June 22 as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, will highlight innovations aimed at improving the quality of life in Latin America and the Caribbean Eight cutting-edge entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will showcase innovations aimed at improving the quality of life in the region at Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives, an event taking place June 22 as part of the Obama Administration’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University.