The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver-Carone, inaugurated today the institution’s new representative office inDominican Republic, in an event that included the participation of the country’s vice president, Raquel Peña, and the first lady, Raquel Arbaje. The building, considered by the National Directorate of Monumental Heritage as an infrastructure of historical value, has the highest standards of the “LEED Platinum” international certification, which recognizes leadership in energy and environmental design.

President Claver-Carone stressed that “the new IDB headquarters in the Dominican Republic reflects not only our commitment to the country, but also our commitment to the environment and our vision of sustainable development for the entire region. With its design we have sought a space that clearly highlights who we are, what we do and why we do it”.

This is the first infrastructure in the country and in the IDB’s offices throughout the region to obtain the “LEED Platinum” certification, thanks to energy optimization, the use of recycled materials or intelligent water consumption, among others. techniques that contribute to improving environmental performance.

The office measures the environmental impact and indoor air quality in relation to its occupants. In addition to maximizing the design of the building, it also includes large interior patios with the intention of promoting the use of natural light, reducing the use of electricity and has solar panels. It has spaces for recycling, facilities for people with different physical abilities, and a vegetable garden, among other services.

In the interior spaces, the Dominican identity is embodied through art in murals and photographs of the projects developed by the IDB and in which the participation of new Dominican artists predominates. Also, each room bears the name of the different provinces.

In addition to Mauricio Claver-Carone, Raquel Peña and Raquel Arbaje, the inauguration was attended by the IDB’s Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer, Jessica Bedoya; the institution’s Vice President for Countries, Richard Martínez; the IDB Group Representative in the country, Katharina Falkner-Olmedo; the Minister of Finance, José Manuel Vicente; and the alternate executive director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic before the IDB, Ernesto Selman, among others.

About the IDBInter-American Development BankIts mission is to improve lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for the economic, social and institutional development of Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and provides policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private clients throughout the region.



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