Ready for Take-off in Costa Rica

August 06, 2013
The sevenfold increase in tourism in Costa Rica over the past 25 years has brought with it the challenge to improve the country’s major airport to comfortably accommodate that influx. Costa Rica has stepped up to that challenge by transforming the Juan Santamaría International Airport into one of the best airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ready for Take-off in Costa Rica

April 16, 2013
The sixfold increase in tourism in Costa Rica over the past three decades has brought with it the challenge to improve the country’s major airport to comfortably accommodate that influx. Costa Rica has stepped up to that challenge by transforming Juan Santamaría International Airport into one of the best airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Costa Rica’s Huétar Norte Region to boost competitiveness of micro and small firms with MIF support

October 05, 2011
$1 million investment will foster innovation and create first carbon footprint management model for firms in the nation With a vast agricultural, scenic and environmental richness, the Huétar Norte Region is little known outside of Costa Rica, and even internally its productive and touristic potential is not fully explored. More than half the milk produced in the country comes from that area, which covers 20 percent of the national landscape and it is home to only 7 percent of Costa Rica’s population.

Women entrepreneurs: too often trapped in the microenterprise ghetto

October 05, 2011
Innovative approaches can boost women’s economic presence among small business owners in Latin America and the Caribbean Over the past three decades, women in Latin America and the Caribbean have dramatically increased their role in the workforce. Currently, about half of women in the region are economically active, more than double the level in the 1970s. They have been elected presidents of several Latin American countries and often dominate the microenterprise and microfinance sector, providing an important contribution to regional economies.

Improving the business climate in the Caribbean

March 25, 2011
Several IDB programs are helping the region diversify its economy and attract new investments The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is financing several programs to improve the business environment, foster diversification and enhance competitiveness in the Caribbean.

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.

Helping companies in Latin America and the Caribbean grow their business

March 09, 2011
Diagnostic tool offers business consultancy, solutions for small and medium-sized companies Three years ago Productos Ujarrás—a well-known family owned Costa Rican company that produces and exports tropical fruit paste, jelly, and jam—was facing several production delays and production bottlenecks.

Latin America and the Caribbean see slower growth in next four years

March 19, 2009
Latin American and Caribbean leaders expect per capita income to fall or grow moderately in the 2009–2012  period and governments to rely more on financing from international institutions, according to a survey by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The expectations contrast sharply with the recent economic performance in the region, where product per capita grew 4.1 percent annually in the past five years.

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.

Venture capital for low-income markets

February 26, 2009
Investing in housing, healthcare, education, basic utilities and nutrition can not only fulfill a social mission, but it can also be a profitable business venture. This is the concept of IGNIA Fund, which will channel venture capital resources to fund commercially viable growth companies serving the “base of the pyramid,” those persons in Latin America and the Caribbean earning less than $3,260 a year. The IGNIA Fund selects projects with the potential to be expanded on a larger scale, thereby increasing the social and economic impact.