IDB highlights strengths of Central America in the face of external economic challenges

April 03, 2019
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.

Fintech activity in Latin America spreads to 18 countries

January 17, 2019
1,166 FINTECH VENTURES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AN INCREASE OF 66 PERCENT COMPARED TO 2017 The report Fintech en América Latina 2018: crecimiento y consolidación (Fintech in Latin America 2018: Growth and Consolidation), published today by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista, identified 1,166 financial technology startups (Fintech), a rise of 66% since the first study published by the two organizations in 2017.

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.

Argentina to invest in sustainable energy with IDB support

July 26, 2018
Loan of $100 million from the Green Climate Fund will benefit Small and Medium Enterprises investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects Argentina will increase Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency by providing greater access to finance, with a $100 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. 

Paraguay to promote private sector investments in energy efficiency with IDB support

July 26, 2018
The $20 million loan with Green Climate Fund resources will scale up the small and medium enterprises investments in energy efficiency in the industrial sector Paraguay will promote improved long-term productivity and energy efficiency investments by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), with a $20 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Business Forum brings together private and public sector leaders to promote infrastructure investment and integration

March 23, 2018
Argentine ministers and Mendoza governor take part in event held ahead of IDB Annual Meeting MENDOZA, Argentina – The III Business Forum opened today with the participation of nearly 900 business leaders and government officials from 30 countries, who convened to discuss an ambitious agenda focused on boosting investments in infrastructure, promoting regional economies, and speeding up regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

IDB backs measures to boost productivity in Paraguay

November 22, 2017
Loan of $200 million will support key measures to develop the private and financial sectors  The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $200 million policy-based loan to support reforms aimed at boosting economic productivity in Paraguay.  The reforms are key to improving inclusive and sustainable growth in Paraguay in a context marked by international financial uncertainty, the economic evolution of its main trading partners and a fall in commodity prices. 

The IIC supports the deployment of 4G LTE broadband in Paraguay

July 11, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, has signed a guaranteed 402 billion Paraguayan Guarani loan with Telefónica Celular del Paraguay S.A. (Tigo) to support broadband deployment in the country and boost productivity and economic growth. This transaction reflects the IIC's commitment to fund more telecommunications projects in the region. The loan will support the company's long-term competitiveness strategy and its multi-year investment plan, focused on the deployment of technological infrastructure in Paraguay.

MIF invests in NXTP Labs’ Impact Investing Fund for Latin American Tech-Driven Social Enterprises

June 01, 2017
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an equity investment of US$5 million in an impact investing fund for Latin American tech-driven social enterprises. The MIF is the first anchor investor in the NXTP Labs Fund providing seed capital for approximately 32 companies in technology verticals such as FinTech, AgTech, EdTech, CleanTech, Marketplace, SaaS for SMEs, Collaborative Economy and Disruptive Technologies, among others.