A capital challenge in Haiti

November 03, 2011
Until February 2011, Jean-Claude Seropian, a French hydraulic engineer, worked in Paris as director of operations of Suez Environnement, one of the world’s leading water and waste management companies. That month he moved to Haiti as head of a team of five technical, financial and management experts from Suez and two sister companies, Aguas de Barcelona and United Water. Their mission: to work with the staff of Port-au-Prince’s ailing water utility to arrest the decline of its services.

IDB expects to provide more than $500 million to help Latin America and Caribbean prepare for natural disasters

March 10, 2011
Financial disaster preparedness is a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year the region saw devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and an active hurricane season that impacted Central America and Mexico. In addition, the La Niña-related weather phenomenon has brought severe flooding to Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, among others.

Mesoamerica renews push towards integration

October 25, 2010
The presidents of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic will meet tomorrow, Oct. 26, in Cartagena, Colombia at the XII Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination. The heads of state will be informed of the progress made by the Mesoamerica Project in terms of regional integration and will decide further courses of action.

Central America's integration is in full swing

July 21, 2010
In late July, the first substation of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) is opening in Costa Rica. A week later, the substation in Panama will be ready to operate. Towers, lines and cables are already in place, so the southern section of the nascent Central American electricity market will soon be a reality. PAC53 - Road from La Chorrera to Arraijan, in Panama.

Mesoamerica Advances

July 29, 2009
The regional integration initiative known as Proyecto Mesoamérica is gaining momentum. It was a central item on the agenda of the XI Cumbre de Tuxla (an annual summit of regional heads of state), which concluded in Costa Rica today. Last week news reports focused on a proposed multimodal transportation strategy to improve the region’s competitiveness. And last June, the IDB announced the second phase of a project known as Tránsito Internacional de Mercancía, which will introduce a unified customs system for use on the borders of all Mesoamerican countries.

The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

March 17, 2009
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.

Environmental action as a source of revenue

February 18, 2005
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes effect on Feb. 16, brings Latin America and the Caribbean an opportunity to link sustainable economic development with environmental protection. Under the Kyoto Protocol, roughly 30 of the world’s industrialized nations have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by the year 2012.

Feedback sought on new IDB Environment and Safeguards Policy

November 22, 2004
The IDB is developing its Environment and Safeguards Compliance Policy. The goal of the new policy is to help advance the Bank's mission for promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty across the Latin American and Caribbean region. The specific objectives of the policy are to maximize development benefits and environmental sustainability outcomes in Bank operations and activities; to manage risks to ensure that all Bank operations and activities are environmentally viable, and to improve and promote corporate environmental responsibility within the Bank.

Development by dialogue

November 01, 2002
By Roger Hamilton Driving south through Central America and into Panama’s province of Darién, the Pan American Highway turns to dirt, narrows, and then stops in the little community of Yaviza. Beyond lie the forests and waterways of the famous Darién Gap, the only break in the highway system that runs from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The Darién might be the end of the road, but it’s in the vanguard of a global effort to achieve economic and social development and preserve a rich natural environment.