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December 2014

November 18, 2014

Miami Herald

Marco Rubio, Senator

During my recent visit to Colombia, I was often asked what the new Republican majorities in Congress mean for the future of the U.S.-Colombia alliance. The simple answer is that the American people remain as supportive as ever of the Colombian people's aspirations to build a safer and more prosperous republic after a half century of armed conflict against violent narco-terrorist groups. This new Congress should now re-invigorate the U.S.-Colombia partnership at a time when recent security and economic gains have brought the promise of a lasting peace within reach.

December 17, 2014
October 16, 2014


Colombia and Panama will have the best macroeconomic performance in Latin America this year, while Venezuela and Argentina will have the worst, according to a Latinvex analysis of new estimates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

October 28, 2014

Fresh Plaza

The businessmen from the Valle del Cauca invested heavily in machinery and in the latest technology equipment for growing fruits like pineapple in the region. The investment will be used to improve the pineapple for export's harvesting, transporting and postharvest processes.

October 28, 2014


Car sharing in Colombia is becoming easier with an app created by the Fuimonos company that can be used on computers and smart phones, helping offer and hiring rides around Bogota. "Fuimonos is a Colombian enterprise, the result of the fusion of three companies working toward the same goal: lead people to share their car rides in this country," the project's founder, Diego Garzon, told Colombia.inn, an EFE-operated news agency.

November 22, 2014

Tech Crunch

Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Fast forward to the present day and Colombia already boasts one of the region’s stronger startup ecosystems, with huge potential upside still waiting to be explored.

December 3, 2014


… Cai, who is actually 30, is in a rush because she and her four other partners are out to build businesses through venture capital, but not Silicon Valley Cool. Her Colombia firm, Polymath Ventures, is all at the unglamorous end of the business, searching for ways to build scalable companies and services in underserved markets for Latin America’s emerging middle class. After our chat, Cai bolts from the two stories of tight office space atop a motorbike garage in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Colombia’s capital of Bogota. I tag along. Her next meeting? At an operations center of the firm’s first venture: a taxi garage. Cai says Polymath aims for every venture to succeed. “Our threshold is: If we do not think we can build a billion-dollar business in a 15- to 20-year time frame, we don’t do it,” she tells OZY.

December 4, 2014

Associated Press

Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering cascades of color.

December 4, 2014

Associated Press

Tell people you're vacationing in Colombia and some react like you're going to a war zone. Is it safe, they ask. But as Colombians are quick to point out, this country is very different from a generation ago. Pablo Escobar — the notorious drug kingpin who presided over a reign of violence — has been dead for over 20 years. Colombia still faces challenges, but it's made enormous social and economic strides.

November 14, 2014

Cincinnati Business Courier

Luis Carlos Villegas, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

Why are local companies like Procter & Gamble, Convergys and General Cable now operating and expanding in Colombia? The answer is simple. Today's Colombia is a New Colombia.


December 5, 2014

Muestra gastronómica por parte de los Chefs Colombianos

Diego Panesso y Jorge Mario Gómez

Washington, DC — La Embajada de Colombia en Estados Unidos informa que el día 4 de Diciembre a las 6:30 p.m., se llevó a cabo una muestra gastronómica en honor a Maureen Orth, creadora de la Fundación Marina Orth con los Chefs colombianos Diego Panesso y Jorge Mario Gómez en el marco del Plan de Promoción de Colombia en el Exterior que coordina el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. La cena se desarrolló en la Residencia del Embajador de Colombia en Washington D.C, Luis Carlos Villegas.

Diego Panesso, nació en la ciudad de Pereira, Risaralda y hace parte de la tercera generación de cocineros en su familia. Es empresario y creador del restaurante “Ambar por Diego Panesso” y de la compañía “Diego Panesso Catering”. A lo largo de su carrera ha sido columnista gastronómico y ha participado en eventos gastronómicos en todo el país, incluyendo “Sabor barranquilla” y “Bogota Wine and Food Festival”.

Jorge Mario Gómez, nació en la ciudad de Manizales, es chef y administrador de empresas por profesión. Propietario del restaurante “Vino y Pimienta” en su ciudad natal, el cual fue galardonado en el año 2012 con el premio al mejor restaurante de Antioquia y el Eje Cafetero por la Revista La Barra.

Maureen Orth, conocida en Colombia como Marina Orth, fue la invitada de honor. La señora Orth es una galardonada periodista - corresponsal especial de la Revista Vanity Fair – y preside la Fundación Marina Orth, reconocida en Colombia por su innovación en programas educativos. Dentro de los proyectos que viene desarrollando esta Fundación se encuentra la construcción de la primera institución educativa pública y rural bilingüe en la ciudad de Medellín y un proyecto educativo enfocado en el desarrollo de turismo sostenible en Nuquí, Choco.

A esta cena asistieron alrededor de 100 personas incluyendo el congresista Sam Farr, los Embajadores de México e India ante la Casa Blanca, el Embajador de España ante la OEA, funcionarios del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, y funcionarios del Departamento de Estado y de Defensa, entre otros.

Como parte de la visita de los chefs a la ciudad de Washington, se organizó un intercambio culinario entre chefs en el Restaurante Jaleo de José Andres donde tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer la cocina y el proceso de preparación de un restaurante que en una sola noche recibe a más de 400 clientes. Al encuentro asistió el chef James Alefantis de Comet Ping Pong y Buck's Fishing and Camping y Blake Ryan, conocido por su liderazgo en la profesión.