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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 15:14
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.

Latin America and the Caribbean: Public revenues rebound in 2017 after dip in 2016

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 18:12
SANTIAGO, Chile – The average tax-to-GDP ratio in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) rose to 22.8% in 2017, a gain of 0.2 percentage points from 2016, according to Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean 2019.

IDB launches cartoon and illustration contest on the future of work

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 21:33
The competition seeks the most creative cartoonists and illustrators in Latin America and the Caribbean; entries accepted through March 31, 2019 The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announces the launching of its third edition of the Cartoon and Illustration Contest under the theme The Future of Work.

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).

Citizen Security Week in Chile will address the use of technology against crime

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 17:28
The IDB, the Government of Chile and countries of the region will discuss in Santiago, Chile, digital innovations and their application in the value chain in citizen security and justice The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security of Chile will hold the Tenth Citizen Security Week, in Chile from November 26 to 30, 2018. It is the largest regional event dedicated to security and criminal justice issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Declining Export Competitiveness: Latin America Urgently Needs a Quality Leap

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:28
BUENOS AIRES—In the first quarter of 2018, the value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a year-on-year rate of 9.7 percent in comparison with the same period in 2017, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). However, this growth has come amid signs that the region is becoming less competitive amid rising economic risks and global trade tensions.

Authorities will analyze in Panama Digital Government Agenda in the region

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 09:28
The 5th E-Government Ministerial Meeting and the 12th Red GEALC Annual Meeting will be held November 15-16 and bring together 23 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as representatives of Republic of Korea, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy The 5th E-Government Ministerial Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 12th Annual Meeting of the Network of E-Government Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GEALC) will be held November 15-16, 2018 in Panama City.

Paraguay to improve public services for citizens and businesses, with IDB support

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 00:12
Program will speed up and cut costs of government procedures, intensify the use of ICTs and expand access to broadband services  Paraguay will launch a program to provide its citizens and businesses better public services and more opportunities, with support of a $130 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

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.