With Salvadoran pupusas, Colombian drums, Peruvian ceviches and Caribbean calypso, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ended the celebrations of its 60th birthday in the US capital.
The final party of the conferences and meetings of political and economic leaders took place at La Cosecha, a gastronomic market in Washington that celebrates Latin American heritage in the US capital.
IDB officials dedicated the day to enjoying the rhythms of bands such as the Colombian La Mojarra Eléctrica, the Caribbean Kes The Band, as well as the Honduran sounds of the Aurelio Martínez and the Garífuna Soul Band, among pisco and other drinks in the region.
During two days of events in Washington, headquarters of the organization, a good part of the Ministers of Economy and Finance of the region; the presidents of Colombia, Iván Duque, and of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández; and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, in addition to leading business leaders, discussed the future of Latin America.
Despite the significant progress made, the president of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno, warned in an interview with Efe that the pace of growth in Latin America is not "enough" to close the social "gaps", and to this are added the new challenges, such as climate change and migratory flows, the result of the crises in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Six decades after its founding, the IDB is the main regional development institution, with more than $ 14 billion in loans only last year covering all categories of development from green energy, gender equality, infrastructure, education and digital transition
The agency has representations in the 26 borrowing member countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, to which 22 donor countries are added, including Spain, China, Japan and the United States.
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