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IDB to fund regional research projects

April 29, 2024

WASHINGTON, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is collaborating with an Argentine-based organisation in funding up to six research proposals that address the challenges of the link between infrastructure, connectivity, and integration in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It said the “Connecting Latin America and the Caribbean: Infrastructure for Regional Integration” initiative with the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy (IIEP UBA-CONICET) of Argentina, is aimed at researchers, universities, and think tanks from the region and will remain open until May 31, 2024.

The main objective is to support research efforts aimed at generating diagnoses and intervention proposals in thematic areas such as measurement, interactions and effects between trade and infrastructure, specific regional integration initiatives, and relevant regulatory and policy frameworks.

Up to six projects will be chosen, which will receive a contribution of US$8,000 each and be eligible for the next edition of the Journal of Integration and Trade of the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL).

“Faced with the region’s opportunities to continue improving cross-border infrastructure, the IDB continues to bet on innovative initiatives that increase connectivity and trade flows, a vehicle to deepen and strengthen regional integration,” said Fabrizio Opertti, manager of the IDB’s Integration and Trade Sector.

The IDB said that the project seeks proposals that enable Latin America and the Caribbean’s physical and digital integration, boost the region’s trade and enhance its global insertion.

The call for proposals is being led on behalf of the IDB by the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) of the Integration and Trade Sector together with the Infrastructure and Energy Sector.

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