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March 2012

March 30, 2012

Business Recorder

Colombia's ethanol output is on track to nearly double by 2014 as the country seeks to meet growing domestic fuel demand while limiting pricey energy imports, the head of Colombia's biofuels association said in an interview. The Andean nation has spurred on ethanol projects to lower its import bill while creating jobs in rural areas rife with cocaine production, helping make it Latin America's No. 2 maker of ethanol - though output is still a fraction of that in regional biofuels giant Brazil.

March 29, 2012

Colombia Reports

Two of Colombia's biggest airlines announced plans to put on more flights to meet the demand for tickets during Easter, Colombian media reported Thursday. Avianca Taca, the national carrier, is putting on 206 additional flights, while Copa Airlines Colombia is adding 40 more flights to its schedule.

March 29, 2012

Colombia Reports

The Colombian government pledged $170 million to mitigate the effects of the rainy season, the Ministry of Transport announced Tuesday. The ministry signed an agreement with Colombia Humanitaria, an initiative of President Juan Manuel Santos, to raise flood aid.

March 29, 2012

Prensa Latina

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday said that his country waits with open arms the visit of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who is expected to attend the Summit of the Americas. Santos reiterated once more that he expects that President Correa honors Colombia with his visit and they are waiting him with their arms opened.
 

March 27, 2012

Financial Times

Few politicians in Latin America have the flair of Colombia’s finance minister, Juan Carlos Echeverry, when it comes to making a point. Opening up an economy is “as painful as giving birth”, Echeverry told Reuters recently. The fact that Brazil and Argentina remain oblivious to Echeverry’s point, sticking uncompromisingly with protectionism, is an irritation for many in the region.

March 30, 2012

The Gold Report

Impressed by Colombia as a country and as a setting for exciting mining and geological opportunities, Paul Harris relocated from England, by way of Chile, and hasn't looked back. In an exclusive interview with The Gold Report, the publisher of the Colombia Gold Letter offers hope for the near future.

March 30, 2012

Impala Press Release

 
Cartagena, Colombia – Impala Warehousing and Logistics International B.V. “Impala”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading commodities company, Trafigura Beheer B.V. “Trafigura”, today announced a USD27 million investment to develop a multi-modal transportation system in Colombia. This development will allow easier, safer, and more efficient transportation of coal and other commodities along the Magdalena River. The investment, in a fleet of 19 dry cargo barges and a tug, will strengthen navigation on Colombia’s principal waterway and promote the country’s ability to export key commodities to international markets.
 

March 27, 2012

CNN/CNN Global Exchange

I think the major difference from any of the two developing country candidates is obviously that we have a very direct experience about development. We know what development is in terms of economic, social, environmental issues.  Best, I think than – and certainly better than the developed countries.  So, that’s, I think the major difference and why developing countries have made such a forceful entry into this race.
 

March 27, 2012

Fresh Plaza

The Republic of Colombia could be Michigan's next big market for agricultural produce. Representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are touring the country to explore the potential of recent freetrade arrangements. Department Director Keith Creagh said Michigan was looking to grow its international market share in agricultural commodities. The sector itself has grown 10% between 2009 and 2010.

March 26, 2012

Great Lakes Echo

Colombia could be the next big market for Michigan agricultural products, as representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development tour the South American country, looking to capitalize on recent free trade agreements and to open new markets for state-grown products.

March 25, 2012

Fox News Latino

To George Hincapie, Paris Roubaix has always been the elusive prize. For 17 seasons, the American cyclist has lined up at the start in the town of Compiègne to begin the 160-some mile race over the centuries-old cobblestones and battered roads of northern France. …A Colombian native who immigrated to the United States from his native Medellín, Ricardo grew up in a country that fell in love with the sport as local superstars like Ramón Hoyos and Martín Emilio “Cochise” Rodríguez gained fame for their exploits on the road and track.

March 24, 2012

AFP

Jose Antonio Ocampo, the man Colombia has put forward as its candidate for WorldBank president, is an economist with a solid academic background and stints in national politics and at the United Nations. Born in Cali, western Colombia, in 1952, Ocampo currently teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York.

March 23, 2012

Reuters

Brazil has nominated former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo to head the World Bank, two sources with knowledge of the decision said on Friday. Colombia said on Thursday it was focusing on a bid for the presidency of the International Labor Organization, where it had a greater chance of success, but Brazil went ahead with the nomination with the backing of the Dominican Republic.

March 23, 2012

Colombia Reports

Speakers at the second annual Independent Medellin Ted Talks presented promising initiatives and inspirational ideas for Colombia’s future Thursday.The event brought together local and international speakers from various fields including business, politics, and technology, to discuss this year’s theme: Overcoming Adversity.

March 22, 2012

Huffington Post

The Barranquilla extravaganza begins four days before Ash Wednesday and lasts for four days. The Battle of the Flowers -- which takes place on opening day -- is considered by many locals to be their favorite Carnival event. First started in 1903, at the end of the brutal civil conflict knows as The Thousand Days' War, it is a celebration of joy, community, fun, tradition, peace, love and an end to violence. Hmmmm, I mused, the whole world could use a dose of that.

March 22, 2012

Seeking Alpha

Ask the average investor about oil production in Latin America and they'll likely answer either Venezuela, Mexico or Brazil and its state-owned oil company, Petrobras ADR (PBR). Yet the region has another oil producing nation that isn't even on most American investors radar. That country is Colombia, the fourth largest oil producer in the region.

March 22, 2012

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Add three more hotels to the growing list in Colombia, the South American nation now hot for business and leisure travel. The InterContinental Hotels Group said it signed a deal for three new-build Holiday Inn Express hotels to open in the Bogota, Cartagena and Barranquilla in 2014.

March 21, 2012

AFP

Colombian ex-finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo declared Wednesday that he is a candidate to lead the World Bank. Ocampo confirmed reports that he and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala were in the running, saying in an email to AFP: "Confirmed. It is the Nigerian minister and I."

March 1, 2012

Textile World

With implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) only a few months away, Colombia is becoming a rather attractive market for U.S. textile exports. U.S.-Colombian trade has been carried out since 1991 under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) and since 2002 under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), which have provided duty-free entry into the United States of qualified goods from Colombia and other Andean nations, but U.S. exports into Colombia have still been subject to duties.

March 20, 2012

Colombia Reports

The Colombian government filed a bill to hurry through implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, reported local media Tuesday. The agreement, which would eliminate some tariffs and widen market access to the US, is intended to be finalized by the end of the Summit of the Americas, to be held in Colombia April 14 and 15.

March 20, 2012

Dredging News Online

Port Technology reports that construction of Colombia’s first deep-water river coal port is expected to start before the end of theyear, according to Rosy del Dago, general manager of the project’s operator, Sociedad Portuaria de Bocas de Ceniza. The Superpuerto project will be located near the industrial town of Barranquilla at the mouth of the Magdalena River.

March 19, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced upcoming tax reform aimed at creating a fairer and more efficient system, in a presidential press release Saturday. "What happens is there are a lot of rich people who don't pay", said the Colombian leader. "The wealthy who pay their taxes have nothing to worry about -- in fact we're going to lower their taxes. Those who don't pay, we'll make them pay. We'll correct this inequality with tax reform."

March 19, 2012

Hotel News Resource

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), announces the signing of three new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Colombia. The hotels, owned and managed by Grupo Contempo S.A., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, will be located in the key cities of Bogota,Cartagena and Barranquilla. IHG’s relationship with Grupo Contempo began in 2008 with the signing and opening of the Holiday Inn Express Bogota in the vibrant neighborhood of “Parque de la 93.”

March 19, 2012

Colombia Reports

The Colombian government is developing a billion dollar pension subsidy plan for the country's millions of informal workers, said financial publication Portfolio Monday. The announcement follows a government study reporting that an average of 51.3% of workers in Colombia's 13 largest cities were informal laborers, meaning they work unofficially without paying taxes or having access to benefits or pensions.

March 19, 2012

Prensa Latina

The presidents of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and the USA, Barack Obama, talked Monday by telephone about the agenda for the next Summit of the Americas to be held in April in Cartagena de Indias. This was reported in a brief statement by the Executive, which also says that the leaders held talks on matters related to the bilateral agenda that they will discuss on April 15.

March 18, 2012

Dow Jones

Colombia's ambitious overhaul of its tax regulations will eventually produce a modest increase in the central government's tax revenue, which currently stands at just under 14% of gross domestic product, according to Finance Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry. "I want to leave the central government's tax collection close to 15% of GDP at the end of the Santos government," he said in an interview in Uruguay's capital city.

March 18, 2012

Pork Network

Nick Giordano, vice president and counsel for international affairs, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) met in Colombia last week with U.S. and Colombian government officials. Discussions centered on implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and market access for U.S. pork exports.

March 18, 2012

Pork Network

Nick Giordano, vice president and counsel for international affairs, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) met in Colombia last week with U.S. and Colombian government officials. Discussions centered on implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and market access for U.S. pork exports.

March 18, 2012

Emerging Markets

Colombia’s $100 billion infrastructure investment plan will help the economy achieve its target of sustainable 6% annual growth, the country’s finance minister said in an interview yesterday. Juan Carlos Echeverry told Emerging Markets the package would be a mix of public, private and public-private partnerships with a focus on transportation infrastructure.

March 16, 2012

Reuters

EU trade ministers agreed on Friday to approve a free trade pact with Colombia and Peru that could boost European car and chemical exports and lift food and mineral exports from the South American countries.

March 16, 2012

Reuters

Anastasia Moloney reports on the Victim’s Law.

March 16, 2012

Colombia Reports

The upcoming Colombian-Venezuelan Binational Film Festival will feature the 12 best movies made in each country over the past three years. Films will compete for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Audience Award and Best Film at the event, taking place between March 18 and 22 in the border cities of Cucuta and San Cristobal.

March 16, 2012

Colombia Reports

The trade division of Miami-Dade county is to send a business development mission to Bogota May 21 through 24 to strengthen bilateral ties between the state of Florida and Colombia. The mission seeks to make the most of the recently approved U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion (TPA) free trade agreement.

March 15, 2012

Colombia Reports

A new Colombian consulate opened in Orlando, the second in the state of Florida, reported U.S. and Colombian media. The new office will issue passports, visas and other significant documents, as well as offering essential consular services and providing care and assistance to Colombians detained in Florida prisons.

March 15, 2012

Bloomberg

Colombia, South America’s third- largest producer of oil, expects this year’s auction of so- called unconventional energy reserves to attract at least $500 million in investment. Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), and Chevron Corp. (CVX) have shown interest in Colombia’s reserves of gas trapped in shale rock and other unconventional sources, government Hydrocarbons Director Julio Cesar Vera Diaz said yesterday in an interview in Cartagena in northern Colombia.

March 15, 2012

Colombia Reports

Thousands of displaced farmers in central Colombia can start the process of trying toreturn to their homes, with the opening of a new Land Restitution Unit in Tolima. The region is one of 12 zones deemed top priority by the government as it begins the implementation of its historic Victims and Land Restitution Law, aiming to restore land to Colombia's millions of displaced people and compensate victims of human rights abuses.

March 15, 2012

Bloomberg

Colombia’s peso gained as a decline in U.S. jobless claims added to evidence of a pickup in the global economy, fueling demand for higher-yielding, emerging- market assets. The peso rose 0.2 percent to 1,760.4 per U.S. dollar, from 1,764.00 yesterday. It has jumped 10 percent this year, the second-biggest advance after the Mexican peso among all currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

March 15, 2012

ROASTe.com Blog

There are a few things in which Colombia ranks first in the world: Flowers (over 85% of all flowers sold in the US for St. Valentine are Colombian), Emeralds, Mild coffee, Children’s books in 3D, Exotic birds (over 1800 species). …OK, since I already have your attention, let’s begin our trip to the North West corner of South America. Shores on the Pacific and on the Caribbean and green all the way from the seashore up to over 5,000 meters where the snow begins.

March 15, 2012

Colombia Reports

U.S. President Barack Obama will stay an extra day in Colombia after the Summit of the Americas, announced Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Wednesday. Obama will stay the extra day to officially meet with his Colombian counterpart after the Sixth Summit of the Americas which will be held on April 14 and 15 in the coastal city of Cartagena.

March 14, 2012

Peru This Week

The Integrated Latin American Market (MILA) has seen some of the highest yields in the world this year, after less than 12 months. The integrated stock markets of Santiago, Lima and Bogota, still trade relatively low amounts, Peru21 reported. The MILA began operations on May 30 last year, with around 500 firms, which can be accessed simultaneously by investors in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

March 14, 2012

Colombia Reports

A famous Colombian designer is facing one of his most demanding orders to date, the shirts that U.S. president Barack Obama will wear at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, his daughter told local media Wednesday. Edgar GomezEstevez, a well-known designer of "guayaberas," light-weight tropical shirts also known as "Mexican wedding shirts," is hard at work.

March 14, 2012

Colombia Reports

Users of major travel website Trip Advisor have voted the beaches of San Andres Island and Santa Marta two of the top ten beach destinations in South America. In the Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 in the South America Beach Destinations category, the two Colombian sun-and-sand spots came in at number 5 and number 7 respectively.

March 14, 2012

Colombia Reports

Just outside Medellin, in the quiet mountainous region of Santa Elena, is a great bike excursion for those who want to get back to nature. The bike ride, in the Arvi Ecotourism Park, is organized by a localbilingual company called Barranquero Cicloturismo. In a single excursion you’ll experience the beauty of the area and the peace of nature, see fascinating ancient ruins and eat amazing food, all while getting a good day’s exercise.

March 12, 2012

Bloomberg

Colombia's tax revenue may rise to 100 trillion pesos ($56.7 billion) this year, Juan Ricardo Ortega, head of the country’s tax agency, said in an interview with Bogota-based Portafolio newspaper. Finance Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry said in December that the government is targeting tax collection of 88 trillion pesos in 2012, after revenue surged 25 percent to 84 trillion pesos in 2011.

March 12, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia jumps 25 places in the World Bank's ranking of business-friendly tax regimes. The country rose from 120th to 95th place in the tax section of the World Bank Doing Business report, which ranks countries according to how easily businesses can operate there. In the overall ease of doing business ranking Colombia rose five places, from 47 to 42.

March 12, 2012

Coal Investing News

While it rarely grabs coal market headlines, Colombia is a major coal player globally. With reserve estimates ranging between twelve and 60 billion tons, Colombia exports more than 90 percent of its production annually, sending more than 75 MT abroad in 2011. The Colombian government believes the country will play an even bigger role in coming years, with exports projected to hit 100 MT by 2015.

March 11, 2012

The Economist

In these austere times, finance ministers on both sides of the Atlantic are desperately trying to wring every last tax dollar out of their economies. Juan Carlos Echeverry, Colombia’s top economic official, is not among them. “I don’t need more revenue,” he says, thanks to an unexpected windfall in tax revenue last year resulting from legislative reforms passed in 2010. Instead of the 12.6% of GDP he was expecting, taxes accounted for 13.6%.

March 12, 2012

Colombia Reports

The Colombian government pledged to restore almost 250,000 acres of land to displaced people in the western department of Choco. In accordance with orders from the Constitutional Court, Interior Minister Vargas Lleras announced they would choose community leaders to receive collective land titles in the municipalities of Jiguamiando and Curvarado by no later than April 15, reported Radio Caracol Monday.

March 11, 2012

Los Angeles Times

But the dark-eyed wisp of a girl got a possible reprieve this month after she was examined by a team of doctors from Colombia's leading pediatric hospital, the Children's Heart Foundation in Bogota. They came here to conduct a two-day, pro bono "flying" clinic to diagnose poor children with heart problems, and, if necessary, take them back to the capital for treatment.

March 11, 2012

Hispanically Speaking News

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $46 million to reduce educational lags and inequities and improve coverage in Colombia. The new program, which will be carried out by Colombia's Ministry of Education, will modernize management of educational institutions, implement programs of citizenship skills in basic education, and modernize the provision of technical and technological education.

March 10, 2012

Dominican Today

This year the Santo Domingo International Film Festival honors Colombia's cinematographic industry and moves its headquarters to the Fine Arts Caribbean Cinemas at Novo-Centro.

March 7, 2012

Miami Herald

By Andres Oppenheimer, Columnist, Miami Herald

The presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile did a smart thing the other day, which could save Latin America a lot of time, money and insufferable speeches in the future: they held the region's first virtual summit. The four leaders, who are preparing to launch a free trade bloc in June that will be known as the Alliance of the Pacific, met March 5 behind closed doors via video-conference.

March 9, 2012

Project Syndicate

By Rodrigo Pardo, Former Foreign Minister of Colombia

Next month, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will host the sixth Summit of the Americas. Every Latin American leader except Cuba's - 32 altogether - will attend to discuss an ambitious agenda of regional cooperation. The event could mark the high point of Santos' 19-month-old presidency. External perceptions of Colombia have improved markedly over the past decade, reflected in rising foreign investment and exports, both of which reached their highest levels ever in 2011.

March 9, 2012

TIME

It isn't easy playing mediator in the chest-thumping, Cold War time warp of U.S.-Cuba relations. It's even harder to resolve Washington-Havana disputes in a way that pleases both sides. But Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos may well have performed that diplomatic feat this week when he defused a potential crisis at next month's Summit of the Americas in Cartagena.

March 9, 2012

Los Angeles Times

In no part of the world are travelers flying with greater gusto than in Latin America. The region led the globe in growth in air travel last year, with 10.2% more passengers than in 2010, more than double the 4%jump in North America, according to the International Air Transport Assn. "Another updraft is increasing trade between South American and Caribbean countries," said Fabio Villegas, chief executive of Bogota-based AviancaTaca.

March 8, 2012

CNN

Preparing a get-together where not all the guests get along is tricky, whether at a dinner party, or, as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is experiencing, at a hemispheric summit. Santos, the host of the Summit of the Americas in April, decided not to invite Cuba, following American objections that only democratic governments should be represented.

March 8, 2012

Forbes

Estimates have been surging for Ecopetrol S.A. (EC) after the company delivered stellar fourth quarter results on February 15. It is a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy). Based on current consensus estimates, analysts project 17% EPS growth both this year and next. On top of this growth, the company pays a dividend that yields a solid 2.8%.

March 8, 2012

Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets

By Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Colombia is a land of culturally rich colonial cities, lanky skyscrapers, pristine beaches, dense Amazon jungle, snow-capped Andean and Sierra Nevadan mountains, archeological ruins and home to author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And, I should add, in my view, a country ripe with intriguing potential investment opportunities.

March 8, 2012

Colombia Reports

Human rights defenders promoting land restitution are to be given greater protection, the Colombian government announced in a statement Wednesday. The National Protection Unit, the government agency in charge of providing security for threatened people, will approve protection services for another 80 land restitution leaders by the end of March, in addition to the 45 leaders who have already been approved.
 

March 8, 2012

The Purdue Exponent

A group of Purdue students, led by assistant professor Thelma Snuggs, will be traveling to Cartagena, Colombia, next week to participate in various non-profit organizations. The program, Multifaceted Dimensions of International Not-for-Profit Organizations, will provide students with a hands-on, interactive learning experience.

March 8, 2012

Colombia Travel Blog

On the 2nd of March 2012, we at the Colombia Travel Blog visited the Colombia Travel Mart. We asked people from all around the world to describe Colombia in just 3 words.

March 7, 2012

Voice of America

The United States' engagement in the Americas is strategic and forward thinking, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. The review process for implementing the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is advancing well and is already having a positive effect on the business climate of this country.

March 6, 2012

The Chicago Maroon

Gabriel Silva, Colombian ambassador to the United States, spoke about Colombia's rapid economic development over the past decade and its increased role in global affairs at a talk at the Booth School yesterday morning. "The Colombia I'm going to talk about is a different Colombia. It's a new Colombia that has changed dramatically," Silva said.

March 6, 2012

Dow Jones

Colombia's consumer price index posted a lower-than-expected rise in February as prices for food, the most heavily weighted sector in the index, saw modest increases. With inflation seemingly under control, the central bank, when it meets later this month, may leave rates steady and instead focus on specific measures to aimed at reducing sharp credit growth.

March 6, 2012

Washington Post

Cristian Samper has spent the past nine years directing the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. "While I grew up in Bogota, my family had a farm in Sopo, half an hour north of Bogota. I used to spend all my weekends on the farm."

March 5, 2012

Bloomberg

Gabriel Silva, the Colombian ambassador to the U.S., talks about the need for U.S. companies to recognize investment opportunities in Colombia. Silva, speaking with Bloomberg's Mario Parker and Flynn McRoberts in Chicago, said U.S. companies are poised to lose to Canada and China in Colombia's energy boom if they cling to an antiquated view of the country.

March 5, 2012

Contactmusic

Colombian superstar Shakira has been nominated for a prestigious award in Spain in recognition of her endless charity work. The Hips Don't Lie hit maker, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, is shortlisted for the Prince of Asturias Concord honor, which celebrates individuals "whose work has significantly contributed to fostering peace, the defense of human rights, freedom, solidarity, the safeguarding of heritage, or, in general, the progress of humanity."

March 4, 2012

Miami Herald

Waldinos is one of 114 families that are part of a project called Oro Verde, or green gold in Colombia's Choco province. The Afro-Colombian community has pledged to maintain its ancestral mining practice and swear off heavy excavation equipment and toxic chemicals. In return, the community is selling its certified gold and platinum at rates 15 percent higher than market value.

March 4, 2012

Latin American Herald Tribune

Painter and sculptor Fernando Botero's giant "El Gato" (The Cat) statue, which is made of bronze and weighs 1,050 kilos (nearly 1.2 tons), has arrived at the port of Cartagena and will be transported to the northwestern Colombian city of Medellin, the artist's birthplace. Botero, considered Colombia's most famous artist, is known for paintings and sculptures that exaggerate the shape and volume of human figures, animals and objects.

March 4, 2012

South America News

The government of Colombia announced it will host Monday the III Summit of the member countries of the Pacific Alliance, in which the presidents of Peru, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, will hold a teleconference to discuss several issues, using state-of-the-art technology. A statement from the Presidency of Colombia, states that the meeting will be held Monday at 9:30hours (14:30 GMT).

March 2, 2012

Colombia Reports

Canadian mining companies Colombian Mines Corporation and Teck Resources Limited announced a $15.5 million joint venture in Colombia,said their press release Friday. The project aims to develop mining in Colombian Mine's Yarumalito property in the central northwestern department of Antioquia.

March 2, 2012

Colombia Reports

The Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla will host the 15th annual Catedra Europa (Forum on Europe), an academic, cultural, and social event that celebrates the connections between South America and Europe. The event will feature over 130 speakers consisting of philosophers, writers, designers, lawyers, businessmen, and European consultants will analyze the Europe's political, economic, and social transformations in order to facilitate comparisons with Colombian cases and to strengthen bonds of inter-continental cooperation and friendship.

March 2, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia's trade ministry on Thursday re-launched a program to increase heritage tourism throughout the country. According to local media, the ministry will be touring ten colonial towns that make part of the Country's Heritage Towns Network and are considered the "jewels" of Colombia's cultural heritage.

March 2, 2012

Japan Times

Following a meeting last September with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda referred to the South American country as "a neighbor" of Japan only separated by the Pacific. Now the countries are working to further shrink the distance by strengthening bilateral ties, most notably in the economic field.

March 1, 2012

Colombia Reports

British travel magazine Wanderlust ranked Colombian city Cartagena above Berlin, Germany and Venice, Italy in its top 10 city destinations to visit in 2012. The voting took into account many factors, including the scenery and history of the nominated cities. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena is famous for itsCaribbean location and its historic colonial architecture.

March 1, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon is in the running to be Director General of the UN's International Labour Organization [ILO], reported Colombian media. The Colombian's candidacy was formally presented in a letter to President of the ILO governing body Greg Vines.

March 1, 2012

Blue Tales

We're connecting South Florida with Bogota, Colombia's renowned capital, with a new daily nonstop flight between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Bogots's El Dorado International Airport starting on May 7, 2012. To celebrate, we've launched a special $99 one-way fare to make this vibrant South American business center and emerging tourist destination more accessible than ever.

March 1, 2012

Dow Jones

The Colombian central bank expects inflation to cool off this year after seeing faster prices in the last few months, a trend that pushed the monetary authority to increase its key lending rate for two consecutive months. Jose Dario Uribe, the central bank chairman, said Thursday that inflation this year was expected to be slower than in 2011, when an unusually heavy rainy season along with a surge in consumer credit pushed prices up 3.73%.

March 1, 2012

Tampa Bay Times

In an attempt to capitalize on new business opportunities in Latin America, Miami-based law firm Holland & Knight announced this week that it will be opening a new office in Bogota, Colombia. 'Developments including the expansion of the Panama Canal and approval of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement have made Colombia and Latin America attractive for expanding businesses," Sonberg said.

March 28, 2012

Riqueza y Biodiversidad Marina de Colombia será tema en Conversatorio en Washington 
Washington DC - El evento, que se llevará a cabo el 29 de marzo y es organizado por la Embajada de Colombia en Washington y la organización Conservación Internacional, contará con la participación de Sylvia Earle, Exploradora en Residencia del National Geographic Society, y Rod Mast, Vicepresidente de Conservación Internacional.
La Embajada de Colombia en Washington, la organización Conservación Internacional (CI-Conservation International) y su Foro de Mujeres, realizarán un evento en la capital de los Estados Unidos el próximo 29 de marzo, con el propósito de presentar los esfuerzos de Colombia en conservación marina y generar un espacio de diálogo sobre los retos para preservar los mares y zonas costeras del país.
El programa, que contará con la participación de Sylvia Earle, Exploradora en Residencia del National Geographic Society, y Rod Mast, Vicepresidente de Conservación Internacional, se llevará a cabo en la Embajada de Colombia en Washington.
Se discutirá sobre los programas y medidas que viene ejecutando el Gobierno Nacional, en el marco de la Política Nacional Ambiental para el Desarrollo de los Espacios Oceánicos y las Zonas Costeras e Insulares de Colombia, en articulación con las comunidades locales del país y organizaciones no gubernamentales. Todo esto con el propósito de resaltar la importancia que Colombia le asigna a la protección y el aprovechamiento en forma sostenible a la biodiversidad y al manejo integral del medio ambiente.
Sobre este tema, Ann Friedman, la directora del Foro de Mujeres de CI, presentará uno de los proyectos que tiene esta organización en el departamento de Bolívar, y que fue visitado por los miembros de la Junta Directica de CI durante su reunión en Cartagena, en marzo pasado.
Se resaltará, así mismo, el trabajo que está haciendo Conservación Internacional, entidad sin ánimo de lucro, en su programa del Corredor Marino del Pacifico Oriental y Tropical (CMAR) en Colombia.
Conservación Internacional
Es una organización que desarrolla acciones que contribuyan a detener la pérdida de la biodiversidad del planeta. En este sentido, desarrolla su estrategia de trabajo alrededor de tres pilares fundamentales: fortalecimiento de áreas naturales protegidas, creación y consolidación de corredores de conservación e identificación y promoción de mecanismos que aseguren la protección de especies amenazadas, en especial las endémicas.
También direcciona actividades hacia las denominadas "áreas silvestres", las cuales se destacan por mantener un alto porcentaje de su cobertura vegetal en buen estado, alta diversidad biológica y baja densidad poblacional.
La estrategia promovida por CI-Colombia, en materia de conservación, está orientada a garantizar la existencia de la biodiversidad del país, y en especial de las especies endémicas y amenazadas, mediante la protección y recuperación de los niveles poblacionales necesarios para preservar toda la gama genética de las mismas, y la definición de medidas de conservación en un área específica o en todo su conjunto dentro de su ámbito de distribución natural.
Sylvia Earle
Fue la primera mujer en ejercer el cargo de Científica Jefe, de la Agencia Nacional de la Atmosfera y los Océanos (NOAA, por sus siglas en inglés), y actualmente es Exploradora de la National Geographic.
La Doctora Earle ha registrado más de 6 mil horas bajo el agua, y es una reconocida vocera de los programas de conservación de océanos. Ha publicado más de 100 artículos científicos y libros y ha recibido múltiples reconocimientos por sus esfuerzos, dentro de los cuales cabe destacar el de la Revista Time que la nombró 'Héroe del Planeta' en 1998.
Rod Mast
Es el Vicepresidente de Conservation International. Su carrera en los temas ambientales inició desde muy joven con un gran interés en las ciencias marítimas, en particular por la conservación de tortugas en México, las islas Galápagos y Colombia.

March 27, 2012

Young Colombian Musicians to Be Featured on NPR's "From the Top"
 
Washington, DC – With the support of the Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Colombian Consulate in Boston, MA, young Colombian musicians will be featured on National Public Radio's (NPR) "From the Top" – one of the most popular and prestigious classical music radio series in America. "From the Top" selected Colombia as the setting to record a program outside the United States for the first time ever, providing Colombian youth an opportunity to showcase their talent.
 
The show, which will be themed "From the Top in Colombia with Host Christopher O'Riley," will be recorded on May 30 at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo in Bogotá. The recording will feature 149 young musicians from the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, the Allegro Ensemble Batuta, and extraordinary Colombian soloists who will perform and speak with "From the Top" host and pianist Christopher O'Riley. The show will air on nearly 250 NPR stations across the United States in September 2012.
 
Colombia was selected as the location for the show's first-ever recording outside of the United States for the work that Fundacion Batuta has done to promote music education as a pathway to social development in the country. "From the Top in Colombia with Host Christopher O'Riley" will present the country's diverse musical talent. From the Top, which is also a non-profit entity with an educational mission, is uniquely positioned to showcase Batuta's efforts and help them in developing the next generation of global arts leaders and engaged citizens.
 
The format of the show includes a concert and interviews with the young musicians, during which they will share their stories and passion for music.
 
Prior to the program, on April 3, a musical presentation themed, "Colombia From the Top" will take place at Harvard University's Faculty Club, in Cambridge, MA – an event organized with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Colombia, and the Colombian Consulate in Boston. The event will bring together more than 70 people from the cultural, political and entrepreneurial sectors, and will feature two musicians from Colombia and one From the Top alumnus, who will perform a short recital. Gerald Slavet, CEO and Executive Producer of "From the Top" will serve as master of ceremonies.
 
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Background Information:
 
What is "From the Top"?
 
What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley has been described by the Boston Globe as, "an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives." From the Top's variety show format features serious musical performances and lively interviews with some of the country's best pre-collegiate performers.
 
Annually, From the Top's live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.5 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.
 
How did "From The Top in Colombia" come about?
 
"From the Top in Colombia" is the result of efforts by two institutions: the National Batuta Foundation (Fundación Nacional Batuta) and the Bolivar Davivienda Foundation (Fundación Bolívar Davivienda). Seeking new ways to position youth music in Colombia, these institutions have aligned with From the Top to integrate its mission of developing the next generation of arts leaders as well as introduce Colombia's musical talent to American public radio audiences.
 
This innovative partnership brings together Colombian public and private support in order to promote the use of musical education as a pathway to social development.
 
"From the Top represents an invaluable platform for the promotion of our most talented young musicians who are members of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic and the best Batuta groups in the country," said Juan Antonio Cuellar, Executive Director of Fundacion Nacional Batuta. "The collaboration with 'From the Top' has the potential to create a long-term link in the United States between youth with outstanding musical talent and artistic qualities with the reality and development of Colombia, and to offer Colombian youth a window into the United States, so that they can recognize its contribution to world music and the opportunities it offers for growth."
 
"For our part, at From the Top, we have always known that around the globe there are projects that are utilizing classical music to transform lives, and we've been seeking an opportunity to explore the world beyond our borders," says From the Top co-founder and co-Executive Producer Gerald Slavet.
 
"We look forward to bringing the energy of Colombia's young musicians to our audience on nearly 250 NPR stations across the country and to share with them our perspective on how musicians can contribute to making the world a better place," says From the Top co-founder and co-Executive Producer Jennifer Hurley-Wales.
 
National Batuta Foundation
The National Batuta Youth Symphonic Foundation was created in 1991 to strengthen and increase the enjoyment, practice and teaching of music in the country and to guarantee a positive impact on the improvement of the quality of life of Colombians. It is a non-profit organization with mixed participation, which fulfills public and social interests.
 
The project has sites in 284 orchestral centers in 102 municipalities and departmental capitals across the country, where more than 36,000 students take part in 1,000 pre-orchestral groups and 26 symphonic orchestras.
 
Colombian Youth Philharmonic
 
The Colombian Youth Philharmonic is the flagship orchestra of the Colombian symphonic youth movement, which was created in 2012 as a result of an alliance between the Bolivar Davivienda Foundation, the National Batuta Foundation and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
 
The Colombian Youth Philharmonic presents an opportunity for youth who want to create a life based on symphonic music by promoting international awareness of their talents. Each year a call for auditions is made to musicians between the ages of 16 and 24 who would like to receive world-class training and become members of the orchestra.
 
Comunicado en Español
 
Por primera vez, serie radial 'From the Top' grabará un programa por fuera de los EE.UU. con jóvenes músicos colombianos
 
El evento, que se transmite por la Radio Pública Nacional (NPR) de los Estados Unidos a través de 250 emisoras a nivel nacional, se llevará a cabo el próximo 30 de mayo en el Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo de Bogotá, y contará con la participación de 149 músicos de la Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, el Ensamble Allegro de Batuta y jóvenes solistas.
 
Washington DC, 27 de marzo de 2012. From the Top, una de las series radiales estadounidenses más populares y prestigiosas de música clásica, escogió a Colombia para grabar, por primera vez en su historia, un programa por fuera de los Estados Unidos, dándole la oportunidad a jóvenes colombianos de demostrar su talento.
 
El evento que se titula, "From the Top en Colombia con Christopher O'Riley", se grabará el próximo 30 de mayo a las 8:00 de la noche, en el Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo de Bogotá, con la participación de 149 músicos menores de 24 años de la Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, el Ensamble Allegro de Batuta y extraordinarios solistas, quienes interactuarán con este reconocido presentador y pianista norteamericano.
 
El programa se transmitirá por la Radio Pública Nacional (NPR, por sus siglas en inglés), a través de 250 emisoras en los Estados Unidos, en septiembre de
2012.
 
Colombia fue escogida como sede para grabar esta serie por primera vez por fueras de los Estados Unidos por el talento musical y la calidad artística que existe en el país, así como por el trabajo que viene realizando la Fundación Batuta para aprovechar la formación musical como un camino hacia el desarrollo social de la nación.
 
"From the Top en Colombia con Christopher O'Riley" presentará al público internacional la diversidad del talento musical que existe en el país. Así mismo, además de ser una entidad sin ánimo de lucro con una misión educativa, From the Top será una plataforma única para mostrar los esfuerzos Batuta y contribuir en la promoción y desarrollo de la próxima generación de líderes mundiales de las artes.
 
El formato del programa incluye un concierto y entrevistas a los jóvenes músicos, a través de las cuales podrán contar sus historias, pasiones y alegrías, revelando el alma y el corazón detrás de estos extraordinarios talentos.
 
Presentación de Colombia-From the Top en Estados Unidos
 
Con el propósito de dar a conocer al público estadounidense el programa que se grabará en mayo en Bogotá, el próximo 3 de abril se presentará Colombia-From the Top, en el Harvard Faculty Club de la Universidad de Harvard, con el apoyo de la Cancillería, la Embajada de Colombia en los Estados Unidos y el Consulado de Colombia en Boston.
 
Este evento, que reunirá a más de 70 personas del mundo cultural, político y empresarial de Estados Unidos, contará con la participación de dos extraordinarios jóvenes músicos colombianos, quienes ofrecerán un breve recital interactuando con uno de los talentos norteamericanos participantes de From the Top. La entrevista que enmarca este evento será conducida por Jerry Slavet, CEO de From the Top, imitando la dinámica del programa.
 
Contexto
 
¿Qué es From the Top?
Lo que comenzó como un experimento radial en el año 2000, rápidamente se convirtió en uno de los programas con mayor crecimiento y popularidad en la radio pública de los Estados Unidos.
Así, y desde sus inicios, From the Top se consolidó como uno de los programas radiales de música clásica más innovadores, al traer a los radioescuchas las interpretaciones de niños y jóvenes artistas que comparten en el programa sus historias, pasiones y alegrías. Actualmente From the Top cuenta con una audiencia total de 700 mil oyentes por semana, conectados a través de las más de 250 emisoras que conforman la Radio Pública Nacional (National Public Radio) en Estados Unidos.
 
Conducido por el afamado pianista Christopher O´Riley, From the Top presenta en cada uno de sus programas, de una hora de duración, cinco piezas de música clásica así como entrevistas y juegos que revelan el alma y el corazón detrás de estos jóvenes músicos. Hoy en día, con doce años de historia, el programa ha invitado a reconocidos intérpretes, entre ellos Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Béla Fleck, Sir James Galway, Jake Shimabukuro y Michael Feinstein.
 
Cada programa de From the Top es grabado en vivo a modo de concierto y con una audiencia real. Los conciertos son grabados en diferentes ciudades de Estados Unidos, desde Boston hasta Honolulu, siendo parte de un tour nacional que se programa año tras año.
 
¿Cómo nació From The Top en Colombia?
 
"From the Top en Colombia con Christopher O´Riley" es el resultado de la gestión de dos instituciones: la Fundación Nacional Batuta y la Fundación Bolívar Davivienda. Estas instituciones, en su deseo de buscar nuevas formas de posicionar la música joven en Colombia, han realizado una alianza con From the Top para hacer llegar a la radio pública estadounidense la calidad musical que se está produciendo en el país.
 
Esta innovadora alianza integra el apoyo empresarial y público, con el objetivo de trabajar por la formación musical como un camino hacia el desarrollo social del país.
 
"From the Top significa una invaluable plataforma para la promoción y difusión del talento de nuestros más destacados músicos colombianos menores de 24 años, integrantes de la Filarmónica Joven de Colombia y de los mejores ensambles de Batuta de todo el país. La colaboración con From the Top tiene la aspiración a largo plazo de vincular a jóvenes destacados por su talento y calidad artística en los Estados Unidos con la realidad y el desarrollo de Colombia, y ofrecer a los jóvenes colombianos una ventana a los Estados Unidos, para su reconocimiento, su aporte a la música universal y la multiplicación de oportunidades para su crecimiento", indicó Juan Antonio Cuellar, Presidente Ejecutivo de la Fundación Nacional Batuta.
 
"From the Top siempre ha sabido que existen proyectos, alrededor del mundo, que están utilizando la música clásica para transformar vidas, y hemos estado buscando una oportunidad para explorar el mundo más allá de nuestras fronteras", dijo Gerald Slavet, co-fundador y co-productor ejecutivo.
 
"Esperamos poder transmitir la energía de los jóvenes músicos de Colombia a nuestra audiencia de cerca de 250 estaciones de NPR en todo el país y compartir con ellos nuestra perspectiva sobre cómo los músicos pueden contribuir a hacer del mundo un lugar mejor", dijo Jennifer Hurley-Wales, co-fundadora y co-productora ejecutiva.
Fundación Nacional Batuta
 
La Fundación Nacional de Orquestas Sinfónicas Juveniles e Infantiles Batuta fue creada en 1991 para fortalecer e incrementar el disfrute, la práctica y la enseñanza de la música en el país y garantizar su positiva incidencia en el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de los colombianos. Es una entidad de participación mixta para cumplir fines de interés público o social, sin ánimo de lucro.
 
El Proyecto está presente en todo el país a través de 284 centros orquestales en 102 municipios y ciudades capitales de departamento en donde más de 36.000 estudiantes conforman 1.000 agrupaciones de pre-orquesta y 26 orquestas sinfónicas.
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia
 
Es la orquesta insignia del movimiento sinfónico juvenil colombiano que nació en 2012, gracias a la alianza entre la Fundación Bolívar Davivienda, la Fundación Nacional Batuta y la Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA).
 
La Filarmónica Joven de Colombia representa una oportunidad para los jóvenes que quieran generar un proyecto de vida a partir de la música sinfónica, convirtiéndose en un aliado con quien se trabaja de la mano para lograr su proyección internacional. Anualmente, se realiza una convocatoria para la orquesta, dirigida a músicos entre los 16 y 24 años que quieran pertenecer por merito a una orquesta y recibir formación con maestros de talla mundial.
 

March 19, 2012

Primera Infancia, Retos del Sector Minero y Oportunidades Económicas Para la Inversión Serán los Temas a Tratar en la Semana de Colombia en Harvard
Boston, MA - El evento se llevará a cabo del 21 al 23 de marzo en la Universidad de Harvard, en Estados Unidos, y estará abierto a los medios de comunicación, estudiantes y académicos que deseen asistir. A continuación la agenda temática de las conferencias.
 
Con el propósito crear un espacio de diálogo abierto, crítico e interdisciplinario en temas relevantes para el país como son los avances en la política de primera infancia, los retos del sector minero y el desarrollo sostenible, y las oportunidades económicas que ofrece Colombia para la inversión, se realizará del 21 al 23 de marzo la 'Semana de Colombia en Harvard', evento que reunirá a un grupo de expertos, académicos y altos funcionarios del Gobierno de Colombia.
 
A continuación, la agenda temática y los conferencistas invitados para cada una de las conferencias durante la Semana de Colombia en Harvard.
 
21 de marzo de 2012
 
6:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m. Primer panel: Primera Infancia
 
El primer panel analizará los avances y desafíos de la estrategia para la Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia: 'De Cero a Siempre', y será integrado por la Coordinadora de la Comisión Intersectorial para la Primera Infancia de la Presidencia de la República, Constanza Alarcón; la profesora asociada de la Facultad de Economía de la Universidad de los Andes, Adriana Camacho; el profesor de la cátedra Walter H. Gale y Director Académico de la Escuela de Educación de Harvard, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, y el profesor de Educación y Economía de la misma escuela, Felipe Barrera.
 
Este panel será moderado por Natalia Mesa, Directora Ejecutiva de la Fundación Carulla. Así mismo, estará presente el Director de Instituto de Bienestar Familiar de Colombia, Diego Molano.
 
La conferencia, con entrada libre, se llevará a cabo el miércoles 21 de marzo, de 6:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m., en la sala Belfer Case de David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies de la Universidad de Harvard (DRCLAS).
 
22 de marzo de 2012
12:30 p.m. a 2:30 p.m. Segundo panel: Minería y desarrollo sostenible
 
Este panel está dirigido a analizar los retos del sector minero en Colombia y su atractivo económico para la inversión extranjera. Para ello, estarán presentes Carlos Caballero Argáez, ex ministro de Minas y Energía de Colombia y actual Director de la Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo de la Universidad de los Andes; Pablo Rueda Saiz, experto en el rol de la sociedad civil en los conflictos mineros de la Universidad de Berkeley, y el Profesor Lawrence Susskind, experto en mediación y resolución de conflictos medioambientales de las universidades de Harvard y MIT.
 
Este panel será moderado por la reconocida periodista María Teresa Ronderos, quien además presentará el caso Calenturitas y La Jagua.
 
El evento se realizará el jueves 22 de marzo de 12:30 p.m. a 2:30 p.m., en el Edificio Austin North, Sala 100 de la Escuela de Derecho de Harvard.
 
6:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. Tercer panel: Economía
 
Colombia es un país que ofrece grandes oportunidades de inversión, por ello, el tercer panel estará enfocado en analizar las oportunidades que ofrece el país en el tema económico y los retos que se presentan en los diferentes sectores. Para ampliar este tema la Semana de Colombia en Harvard contará con el ex ministro de Hacienda y reconocido analista económico internacional, Rodrigo Botero, y el Director del Centro de Desarrollo Internacional de la Universidad de Harvard, profesor Ricardo Hausmann.
 
Por parte del Gobierno, analizando los retos que se presentan en los diferentes sectores la aprobación del TLC con Estados Unidos, estará Alfonso Cuellar, Ministro Consejero de la Embajada de Colombia ante el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos.
 
Este panel se llevará a cabo el jueves 22 de marzo, de 6:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. en la sala Belfer Case del David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies de la Universidad de Harvard (DRCLAS).
 
Será moderado por Peter DeShazo, Director Ejecutivo de Programas Profesionales y Académicos para las Américas (Laspau, por sus siglas en inglés).
 
El evento cuenta con el apoyo de la Embajada de Colombia en Washington, el Consulado de Colombia en Boston, el Programa Colombia Nos Une del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Colombia, la Asociación de Estudiantes Colombianos en Harvard, y se realiza en asocio con el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos David Rockefeller de Harvard (DRCLAS, por sus siglas en inglés).
 
23 de marzo de 2012
 
2:30 p.m. Lucha contra las drogas
 
Para cerrar la semana, la Universidad de los Andes realizará junto con la Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) un taller para analizar la situación actual de la política contra las drogas en Colombia y México.
 
Este evento se llevará a cabo el día 23 de marzo en el Tsai Auditorium del David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies de la Universidad de Harvard (DRCLAS), y finalizará con la presentación del libro "Política Antidroga en Colombia: Éxitos, Fracasos y Extravíos", publicado recientemente por la Universidad de los Andes.
 
Este foro contará con la presencia del Director de la Policía Nacional, General Óscar Naranjo, como invitado principal, quien intervendrá a las 2:30 p.m.
 
Mayores informes: cboston@cancilleria.gov.co

March 13, 2012

Embajador Silva Presentará Las Oportunidades que Ofrece el TLC Para el Sector Agrícola en Virginia 
Washington, DC - Este 14 de marzo estará en la ciudad de Richmond (VA) en donde participará en la 'Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade', para promover el comercio bilateral con los Estados Unidos y las oportunidades que ofrece Colombia para invertir.
El Embajador de Colombia ante el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, Gabriel Silva, participará este 14 de marzo en la 'Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade' en Richmond, Virginia (EE.UU.), en donde hará una presentación sobre el "Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Estados Unidos y Colombia: beneficios para ambos países".
El Embajador hablará de las oportunidades de negocios en el sector agrícola tanto para los exportadores como para los empresarios de Virginia, así como de la Nueva Colombia y de los avances que viene registrando el país en materia económica, social y de seguridad.
Igualmente, Silva promoverá entre los académicos, empresarios y agricultores de Virginia, el comercio bilateral con los Estados Unidos y las oportunidades que ofrece Colombia para invertir.
El evento es organizado por la Gobernación de Virginia (Departamento de Agricultura y Servicios al Consumidor); la Universidad Virginia Tech (Departamento de Agricultura y Economía Aplicada); la Autoridad Portuaria y la Federación Agrícola del Estado.

March 7, 2012

Colombia Continúa Obteniendo Avances Importantes en la Lucha Contra Las Drogas Ilícitas, Afirma Estados Unidos

Washington DC - En el informe anual titulado, 'Reporte sobre Control Internacional de los Narcóticos 2012', el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. destaca la reducción del 14 por ciento en el cultivo de coca durante el 2010 y que "Colombia es, además, un aliado en la exportación de seguridad y estabilidad a lo largo del hemisferio occidental".

 

"El Gobierno de Colombia continúa obteniendo avances importantes en la lucha contra la producción, exportación y consumo de drogas ilícitas", dijo este miércoles el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos, en su informe anual titulado, 'Reporte sobre Control Internacional de los Narcóticos 2012'.

 

El documento destaca que estos esfuerzos han impedido que varios cientos de toneladas métricas de sustancias ilícitas lleguen a los Estados Unidos y a otros mercados internacionales.

 

"Colombia es, además, un aliado en la exportación de seguridad y estabilidad a lo largo del hemisferio occidental. Aunque estos avances son significativos, el progreso no es irreversible y el apoyo continuo de los Estados Unidos es necesario", dice el informe tras señalar que "la nueva Administración Santos está vinculando sus planes de consolidación con iniciativas para agilizar la reforma agraria y crear prosperidad económica en los mismos municipios de alta prioridad".

 

Sostiene que los cultivos de coca se han venido reduciendo en el país. En ese sentido, el Departamento de Estado cita el informe de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito, el cual señala que área cultivada disminuyó un 15 por ciento en el 2010, al pasar de 73 mil a 62 mil hectáreas de cultivo de coca.

 

Así mismo, subraya que la producción potencial de cocaína pura se redujo en un 7,4 por ciento, al pasar de 290 a 270 toneladas métricas entre 2009 y 2010, y un 61,4 por ciento si se cuenta desde el año 2001, cuando había 700 toneladas métricas.

 

El reporte asegura, además, que en el país se erradicaron 137,794 hectáreas de coca en el año 2011, de las cuales 102,248 fueron por vía área y 34,592 de manera manual.

 

El Departamento de Estado también resaltó la extradición a Estados Unidos de 119 personas en 2011, acusadas de crímenes por las autoridades estadounidenses, y los fuertes golpes a las Farc y a las bandas criminales.

 

"En el 2011, las Fuerzas Militares capturaron o dieron de baja a varios cabecillas, entre ellos el jefe máximo de las Farc, Guillermo León Sáenz Vargas, alias 'Alfonso Cano', líder de las Farc desde 2008", aseguró el informe.

 

Indicó que el Gobierno de Colombia "es un líder regional en la lucha contra el lavado de dinero y la financiación del terrorismo".

March 5, 2012

Colombia e Illinois Formarán Grupo Especial de Trabajo para Aumentar el Comercio Bilateral y Aprovechar el TLC 

 

Washington, DC - El Embajador de Colombia ante el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, Gabriel Silva, y el Gobernadorde Illinois, Pat Quinn, hablaron este 5 de marzo de la creación de un grupo especial de trabajo para promover las relaciones económicas entre Colombia e Illinois. “El grupo convocará ejecutivos y miembros de los gobiernos de nuestro país y del Estado de Illinois con el fin de dar el apoyo necesario para que se aprovechen las oportunidades del TLC con los Estados Unidos”, dijo Silva.

 

Durante su visita de trabajo al Estado de Illinois, el Embajador de Colombia ante el Gobierno de los Estados, Gabriel Silva, se reunió con el ex Alcalde de Chicago, Richard Daley, con quien habló de las oportunidades de negocio y de inversion que ofrece el TLC entre Colombia y Estados Unidos.

 

Así lo aseguró el Embajador Gabriel Silva, luego de sostener un encuentro con el Gobernador de Illinois, Pat Quinn. Durante su primer día de visita en Chicago, el Jefe de la Misión Diplomática también se reunió con el ex Alcalde de la ciudad, Richard Daley, y con estudiantes del 'The University of Chicago Booth School of Business'.

 

Colombia y el Estado de Illinois formarán grupo de trabajo especial para el aumentar el comercio bilateral y aprovechar las oportunidades del Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con los Estados Unidos, el cual se encuentra en su fase de implementación.

 

Así lo anunció el Embajador de Colombia ante el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, Gabriel Silva, luego de sostener reuniones con el Gobernador de Illinois, Pat Quinn, y con el ex Alcalde de Chicago, Richard Daley.

 

"Vamos a formar un grupo especial de trabajo para promover las relaciones económicas entre Colombia e Illinois. El grupo convocará ejecutivos y miembros de los gobiernos de nuestro país y del Estado de Illinois con el fin de dar el apoyo necesario para que se aprovechen las oportunidades del TLC con los Estados Unidos", dijo el Embajador Silva.

 

Explicó que el grupo apoyará el desarrollo de negocios y proyectos conjuntos, así como la inversión en las áreas en las que Colombia e Illnois ofrecen ventajas competitivas.

 

Igualmente explicó que este grupo de trabajo en el Estado de Illinois será el primer proyecto piloto que se realizará para maximizar el aprovechamiento del tratado con los Estados Unidos.

 

"Illinois fue seleccionado por su diversidad económica. Este Estado presenta una oferta industrial completa que incluye todos los sectores de la economía y que son complementarios con Colombia, por ejemplo, el sector de maquinaria industrial, agrícola, financiero, químico y de servicios", señaló.

 

El Embajador Silva discutió la iniciativa con el Gobernador Quinn, quien la recibió "muy favorablemente".

 

Así mismo, indicó que el ex Alcalde Richard Daley manifestó su voluntad de vincularse al proyecto.

 

El Jefe de la Misión Diplomática en Washington dijo además que se pondrá en marcha un cronograma de trabajo que incluye dos reuniones anuales a nivel de CEO y Gobierno.

 

Durante su primer día de visita en Illinois, Silva tuvo una intervención en 'The University of Chicago Booth School of Business', donde habló de la Nueva Colombia y expuso el progreso que viene registrando el país en materia económica, social y de seguridad.

 

Este martes 6 de marzo estará en el Chicago Council on Global Affairs, donde expondrá a más de 80 empresarios la visión de país y las bondades de inversión que ofrece Colombia a la comunidad de negocios de los Estados Unidos, en el marco del TLC entre ambos países.

March 18, 2013

Centre for Aviation

Colombia recorded 15% growth in domestic passenger traffic in 2012 and should see more double-digit growth in 2013 driven partially by expansion at low-cost start-up VivaColombia. The Colombian international market also grew by 13% in 2012 and should see more rapid growth in 2013 driven partially by expansion at LAN Colombia.