There is no turning back now, the ministries of economy and finance are at the heart of climate action. These ministries are crucial in the fight against climate change, as both the goals of decarbonization and those of resilience and biodiversity protection demand strategic actions that require their unique management, leadership, and coordination abilities. What are … [Read more...] about Economy and finance ministries in the face of climate change: 7 advancements in the green fiscal agenda
Three years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are still dealing with its economic consequences. Currently, one of the main points of concern is the excessive level of public indebtedness and the risk it represents to economic stability and economic growth. This year the IDB published its flagship study … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Debt from Hurting Economic Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic had a very large impact on government finances. As governments saw their revenues reduced and their expenditures increased to cope with the health and social emergencies, the public debt rapidly mounted. By the end of 2020, the debt-to-GDP ratios had increased by 10 percentage points (pp) compared to pre pandemic levels in the average emerging … [Read more...] about How Do Inflation Shocks Affect Public Debt Dynamics?
In many countries, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) play a key economic role, either as providers of fundamental public services or generating fiscal revenues by controlling strategic assets. To better achieve the objectives for which they were created, SOEs need to use their resources efficiently and effectively. As a result, how governments monitor and govern these institutions … [Read more...] about It is Time to Do Away with Boards in State-Owned Enterprises and Create a New Model of Monitoring
All countries in the region have signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to increase countries' resilience and adaptive capacity, as well as stabilize global warming below 2°C and as close to 1.5°C as possible. This objective implies two major challenges for finance ministries. First, they need to help drive large-scale and unprecedented changes in the energy, construction, … [Read more...] about Six opportunities to promote resilience and decarbonization through fiscal policy