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).

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:45
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

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 16:41
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

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

IDB to join new Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to facilitate $1bn of investments

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:23
Backed by 26 Caribbean governments and the private sector, the Accelerator will fast-track investments which support climate action and economic growth    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today that it will partner with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to program and implement the additional $1 billion in funds that it pledged for climate smart-investments across the Caribbean region at the Paris One Planet summit on December 12, 2017.

Latin American and Caribbean exports increase for the first time in four years

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 03:00
A new report by the IDB estimates a year-on-year growth rate of 17 percent in the first quarter of 2017 After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth. In the first quarter of 2017, the value of goods exports increased 17 percent year-on-year, having contracted 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was driven primarily by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data for 25 countries in the region.

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

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 03:00
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

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 03:00
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.

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 17:34
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.