By Leora Klapper, Maria Soledad Requejo, and Christine Svarer

The world is moving to digital payments. They are faster, more secure, more transparent and more efficient than cash. Digital payments can support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and empower women and youth. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift toward…

By Gary Seidman

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Mauritius-based medical device manufacturer Natec Medical saw an opportunity to supply the island nation with face masks while at the same time reduce its own dependence on imported personal protective equipment (PPE). Natec employs some 500 workers, half of whom use surgical…

By Felipe Gazcón

Martin Spicer, IFC director for Latin America and the Caribbean, visited Mexico in July to reaffirm IFC´s commitment with the country in the context of the COVID-19 economic recovery. Spicer was interviewed by El Financiero, Mexico´s top business newspaper. This is an English translation of the interview.


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets.

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