HEAD OF THE Buenos Aires city government Aníbal Ibarra was in Europe at the end of March, seeking to secure funding for the Argentinian capital’s ambitious programme to build four new metro lines and extend existing routes (RG 2.02 p89). As well as the European Investment Bank and UBS, Ibarra met Inter-American Development Bank President Enrique Iglesias in an attempt to release a US$150m loan originally agreed in 2001.

Ibarra told La Nación that the bank would be sending a mission to Buenos Aires to examine the project. He intends to use the loan to build the second 6·9 km section of Line H from Once to Retiro, as the first 3 km between Venezuela and Incl