Welcome to the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Liaison Office to the Inter-American Development Bank

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin American and Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. The IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean and works to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency, and accountability. The IDB has 48 member countries: 26 borrowing members and 22 non-borrowing members, including the United States, its largest stakeholder. The IDB provides loans, guarantees, and technical assistance for public- and private-sector projects and generates tens of thousands of contracts every year, ranging in size from a few thousand to hundreds of millions of dollars. These represent numerous commercial possibilities for businesses, including small- and medium-sized enterprises, in public works, supply of goods, and consulting services.

The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) Liaison Office to the Inter-American Development Bank (CS-IDB) is an integral part of the United States Executive Director’s Office at the IDB. CS-IDB’s mission is to help U.S. businesses take advantage of commercial opportunities through the IDB’s numerous projects.

Business Services
CS-IDB provides the following services to U.S. firms and organizations:

  • Counseling: One-on-one consultations on how to do business with the IDB.
  • Market Research and Outreach: Information on IDB project and procurement opportunities and business orientation seminars. Arrangement of marketing presentations to IDB project, sector, and financial specialists.
  • Key Contact Information: Appointments with IDB experts.
  • Advocacy: Active support to U.S. businesses competing for procurements (including representations and guidance on bidding and resolving payment problems).

Inter-American Development Bank US&FCS Commercial Liaisons

Washington, DC

Office Phone: (202) 623-3821 — Office Fax: (202) 623-2039



Keith Curtis

Advisor and Director of Business Liaison,
Office of the U.S. Executive Director, IADB

Barbara White

International Trade Specialist

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