Puerto Rico Government Development Bank

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Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico
Headquarters San Juan, Puerto Rico
Established September 23, 1948; 66 years ago (1948-09-23)
Interim President José Pagán Beauchamp
Currency USD
Preceded by Development Bank
Website gdbpr.com

The Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) —Spanish: Banco Gubernamental de Fomento para Puerto Rico (BGF)— is the government bond issuer, intragovernmental bank, fiscal agent, and financial advisor of the government of Puerto Rico.[1][2] The bank is a government-owned corporation of Puerto Rico.


The Bank was the brainchild of Governor Rexford Guy Tugwell, who signed Law 253 of May 13, 1942, creating the institution in charge of economic development for the Government of Puerto Rico. A subsequent law in 1945 expanded its responsibilities to include serving as the fiscal agent for, and financial advisor of, the government of Puerto Rico. The highly centralized government structure set up by Tugwell, one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Brain Trusters required such a fiscal agent, contrary to the model followed by most states, in which each agency and political subdivision is responsible for issuing its own bonds.[3]

During its formative years, the GDB helped financially structure the Puerto Rico Water Resources Authority, the new publicly owned electric company that generated much of its power from a hydroelectric system. During its first decade, GDB financed infrastructure development, particularly the development of low-cost housing.

Between 1951 and 1965, the GDB issued over $1 billion in bonds to finance the islands' infrastructure, contributing to Puerto Rico's economic growth. It also spurred the growth of the private sector, financing Puerto Rico's first condominium and several of its first shopping centers built in 1956, when private banks were reticent in assuming such ground-breaking risks.

During former Gov. Pedro Rosselló's administration, and under Marcos Rodríguez Ema's presidency, the GDB established, financed and gave to the people of Puerto Rico the new Puerto Rico Museum of Art, which, within years, has become the island's second-best[neutrality is disputed] art museum, after the Ponce Museum of Art founded by don Luis A. Ferré, a philanthropist and former Governor.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Banco Gubernamental de Fomento para Puerto Rico" (PDF). Government of Puerto Rico. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Banco Gubernamental de Fomento (BGF)". Government of Puerto Rico. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "History: Gallery of Presidents". Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Retrieved December 1, 2014.