At the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in April, the IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, was unequivocal about the need for a green recovery, which she described as a bridge towards a more resilient future. Ms. Georgieva stressed that the decisions made now will shape our economies and societies and the future of humanity given the climate crisis. Among the three tools … [Read more...] about Capital markets can play a big role in boosting sustainable infrastructure investments
The coronavirus crisis is severely testing the resilience of Latin America and the Caribbean economies and health care systems. At the same time, LAC is extremely vulnerable to climate risks and disasters such as floods, the spread of disease and loss of infrastructure. Governments’ fiscal space is currently being squeezed considerably following weak economic growth combined … [Read more...] about How can green bonds help to build resilience after COVID-19?
Despite being a relatively new agenda in the region, public and private actors in Latin America and the Caribbean actors are increasingly looking at the growing risks a changing climate brings to financial markets. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has mapped current financial practices responding to climate change in the region, and suggested steps that could be … [Read more...] about Four myths about climate risk and financial systems in Latin America
Chile issued the first sovereign green bond of the American Continent on June 17th and marked a turning point for the Latin American region. With a USD 1.4 bn at 3.5% interest rate and dollar-denominated, the bond was overwhelmingly received by international investors and ground-breaking in several ways. More than 300 investors expressed interest for the transaction at an order … [Read more...] about Sovereign Green Bonds: 4 reasons to pay attention in LAC
The chronic gap in infrastructure quality and quantity of the Latin American region requires a regime shift that sees the mobilization of private investors as an essential step. While data shows that the private sector has largely been more active in Latin America than in other developing-nation regions over the last decade, particularly in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru; … [Read more...] about Infrastructure Bankability: Renewed interest from investors in Latin America?