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Economists from LAC Development Banks debated on the challenges and opportunities of DFIs in relation to the productive matrix

  • The event was attended by the Minister of Finance of Buenos Aires, Pablo López, and the Minister of Production, Science and Technological Innovation, Augusto Costa. 

September 22, 2022- During the second day of the Meeting of Chief Economists of Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), held in Argentina, representatives of development banks and multilateral financing organizations met to debate on the challenges and opportunities that financial development institutions have and their relationship with the productive matrix. 

We open the way where others only see risks and difficulties, supporting projects in new sectors or products where market information is incomplete or non-existent. We empower and offer financial and non-financial tools to entrepreneurs who are creating the economy and companies of the future. We identify new areas or sectors to develop”, stated the president of the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE), Carlos Linares, regarding the role of DFIs. 

Moreover, Linares added that there is a need for a regional sustainable transformation agenda that focuses on building on the social, productive capacity, environmental and institutional dimensions from resilience. Given that finance is a vehicle towards a broader objective of sustainable development that will allow the transformation of LAC. 

The president of BICE Bank, Mariano de Miguel, indicated that the global context is a rare mix of hostilities and opportunities, and that the role of development banking involves proposing to create realities, as it must be an instrument of public procurement policy, in general, and public investment, in particular, in order to generate and direct resources with a dynamic of sustainable growth. 

Meanwhile, the president of Banco Provincia, Juan Cuattromo, stated that another of the Development Bank’s roles is to actively contribute to closing inequality gaps and have a pedagogical function in all areas of society. 

The second day of the event, organized by ALIDE, the Argentine Development Bank BICE, and Banco Provincia, was held at the Historical Archive and Museum of Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, where three discussion panels were held that focused on exchanging experiences on the innovation and transformation of the productive matrix. 

It should be noted that that conference day was attended by political representatives such as Pablo López, Minister of Finance of the Province of Buenos Aires; Augusto Costa, Minister of Production, Science and Technological Innovation of the Province of Buenos Aires; and José Ignacio De Mendiguren, Secretary of Industry and Productive Development.

About BICE

Argentine Development Bank BICE is a public bank that provides short-, medium-, and long-term financing with a focus on productive sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, and regional economies. It provides comprehensive assistance to exporters, supports business opportunities within value chains to improve competitiveness and manages trusts for the execution of strategic infrastructure works for the country. 


Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (BAPRO) is constituted as the first microcredit entity in Argentina, with more than 160 thousand loans to the social economy. They finance value chains, the establishment of entrepreneurs in industrial parks and foreign trade.  


ALIDE is the community of financial institutions that generates banking solutions for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1968, its main objective is to contribute to the economic and social development of the region, through the good practices in development financing that it promotes among its associates, about 90 institutions with a presence in more than 20 Latin American countries and other regions of the world.


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