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Edgar L. Cabañas

Edgar is an experienced professional in the field of structuring corporate finance, credit guarantees, supply chain finance, equity investments and project finance. He leads investment project teams within the Digital Economy at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest). In 2014, he received the prestigious IDB Ortiz Mena award by the Inter-American Development Bank for improving efficiency and corporate solutions of the Bank through an innovative long-term local currency financing product and in 2019 & 2020 the LatinFinance Social Infrastructure Deal of the year and IJ Global Telecom of the year respectively for the equity investment in Internet Para Todos (Peru). With solid experience in leading a diverse pool of professionals, client relationship management, business development, structuring, and managing complex, multi-million dollar financial transactions in Latin America in industrial sectors such as cement, agribusiness, pulp and paper, textile, and telecom. Before the IDB Invest, he held a number of positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) including Advisor to the Executive Director for Uruguay, Bolivia, and Paraguay, Alternate Executive Director at the Multilateral Investment Fund, Private Sector Country Coordinator and Senior Investment Officer at the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to joining the IDB Group, he worked as a Corporate Relationship Manager and Head of the Stress Asset Management Unit at Citigroup. He holds an MBA and MPA from the American University of Paraguay, and Kansas State University, including postgraduate studies in conflict resolution & Negotiation Mastery at Georgetown University and Harvard University respectively.

Posts by Edgar L. Cabañas

Mapa de América Latina con gráficas digitales
Seven Reasons for Investing in a Powerful Broadband Network

From enhanced connectivity to significant environmental advantages, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) has emerged as an essential tool in combating climate change and addressing some of today’s most pressing social issues.

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Nothing is Fated: Shaping an Equitable Digital Future Must be a Collective Endeavor

As the bricklayers of tomorrow’s landscape, telecommunications companies are responsible for collaborating with all actors within the new technologies ecosystem to harness the full potential of the digital era.

Digital Connectivity: Oil for the 21st Century

High-capacity data connections may be the oil of the 21st century: a potential source of great wealth for countries that best exploit this resource. A great example of this potential is Paraguay, a landlocked country equidistant from the large economies of South America.

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The Great Tech Revolution: Artificial General Intelligence & Multilateral Development Banks

By prioritizing ethics and sustainable development, providing technical assistance, and coordinating responses to potential risks, multilateral development banks can help ensure that artificial general intelligence is developed and used in a way that benefits everyone and minimizes potential harms.

Transforming a Region with Internet for All

The best example of the private sector’s role in advancing digital transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean is the Internet for All (Internet para Todos-IPT) project. It has given access to 4G Internet to more than 2.2 million people and over 12,500 rural communities in Peru over the last three years.

How to finance mobile network operators in Latin America and the Caribbean?
How to finance mobile network operators in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Mobile network operators offer subsidized phones against advanced payments at a reduced price. From a financial point of view, it is not sustainable.