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Paula Castillo

Paula Castillo leads the analytical work associated with the challenges and opportunities for participation of the private sector in transportation and social infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean, and support by IDB Invest in the Strategic Planning Division and Development. Before working at IDB Invest, she was a technical advisor to the IDB's Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge and a consultant in the IDB's Transportation Division. Before the IDB Group, she worked in the Infrastructure Division of the National Planning Department in Colombia and as a researcher and professor at the Universidad de los Andes. Paula is an economist, with a master's degree in sustainability management from the business school of the American University, United States, and a master's degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes.

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The Private Sector: a Key Player in the Acceleration of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

The global COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be the largest in history and the delivery of vaccines brings major challenges of scale and speed. Here’s three ways in which the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean has a strategic role to play in that process.

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Lessons from a Success Story: Private Port Operators in Latin America and the Caribbean

In the midst of COVID-19, maritime transportation remains essential to the world economy. Ports operated by the private sector have historically shown better performance as well as more flexibility and faster adoption of new technologies, key factors for a strong recovery from the current economic crisis.

How Can Development Finance Institutions Help Unleash Brazil's Investment Potential in Infrastructure?
How Can Development Finance Institutions Help Unleash Brazil's Investment Potential in Infrastructure?

To unleash investments, Brazil’s billionaire infrastructure gap needs more than one strategic player providing innovative solutions.

Four Urgent Digital Improvements for Freight Transport in Our Region
Four Urgent Digital Improvements for Freight Transport in Our Region

The digitization of “last mile” trucking is a business opportunity that contributes to the development of our economies and the well-being of our region. What are we waiting for to implement it?

Three Schemes for Promoting Private Participation in Health Technologies
Three Schemes for Promoting Private Participation in Health Technologies

High-tech equipment plays a key role in the early diagnosis of diseases and their treatment. Public-Private Partnerships offer schemes to solve these needs.

Brazil: Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities
Brazil: Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities

Within weeks of the Brazil Investment Forum, the development of the economy of South America’s colossus presents numerous challenges and opportunities. A major one is how to continue providing incentives for private sector investment in infrastructure to bridge the country’s funding gap. Synergies among development entities open up new and interesting opportunities for this market.