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June 2019

June 3, 2019

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NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to education and international exchange. Every year this organization holds a fair to publicize the most popular and an advantageous educational destination in what is already known as the most important educational internationalization event of the year.

In this annual event, the perspectives, differences, learnings and challenges of people dedicated to education around the world are discussed, and the space is also given to propose solutions.

The Embassy of Colombia to the United States hosted this year's welcome reception. Following a key pillar of President Duque – is expanding cooperation between our two countries in education, science, technology and innovation.

The aim is to support these initiatives, in which Colombia is beginning to take the lead, in order to promote collaboration between individuals that has a positive impact on our global collective society.

In this regard, Ambassador Santos said that "These types of events are not only academic experiences, but also promote intercultural knowledge, cooperation and scientific and research development through the advanced training of leaders with a high degree of social commitment.

And for this, "through scholarships, exchanges and field training, we can inspire and cultivate the next generation of young leaders in both countries and fulfill President Duque's goal of making Colombia the most educated country in Latin America," the Ambassador said.

The reception ended with the intervention of the Vice-Minister of Education, Luis Fernando Pérez, where he invited the participants to look at the new advances in education that the country is making and to consider Colombia as its next educational destination.

June 5, 2019

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Bogotá, June 4th 2019

The President of the Republic, Ivan Duque, highlighted on Tuesday the growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country, which in the first trimester of 2019 was above 68%, and described it as a sign of optimism and confidence in Colombia.

In this sense, the flow of Foreign Direct Investment between January and March of this year was of US$3.335 million, higher than the US$1.980 million registered in the same period of 2018 and the highest for this period since 2011.

"Today we have received very important news for the country in economic terms. We had a growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country, in the first trimester of the year close to 68%," the President highlighted.

He added that "it is the growth of Foreign Direct Investment in the first quarters, the highest in the last eight years. And this is a message of great confidence in the country.

He also highlighted the good performance of foreign investment in the country's manufacturing sector.

"I want to highlight the growth of Foreign Direct Investment in the manufacturing sector, which exceeded US$500 million. Another important jump compared to the first quarter of 2018," said the president.

According to the Bank of the Republic's Balance of Payments, foreign investment in Oil grew 74.8%, in Mining, 60% and in other sectors, 68.6%.

For Duque, the behavior of FDI in Colombia is a sign of the country's economic reactivation.

"There are clear signs in the Economic Reactivation Law. Why? Because we have lowered the tax burden to make Colombia more competitive against other countries," explained the President, while noting that "in fact the demonstration is also to see how there has been investment in machinery and equipment for this year.

"This shows that it is contributing to a productive transformation and a technological and industrial restructuring," he said.

June 11, 2019

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Cartagena, 08/06/2019 
President Ivan Duque met this Saturday with the Special Envoy of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie, and said he hopes her visit to Colombia will serve to alert the world about the magnitude of the migration crisis generated in Venezuela.
The president spoke in Cartagena with the actress and director, who made a two-day visit to the country to learn about the humanitarian response to the migration crisis generated on the border with Venezuela.
"Today we are very happy about her visit, because she is in our country to see up close the migratory crisis that is being experienced as a result of the dictatorship and desolation in Venezuela. But, additionally, she sees the fraternity of our migratory policy and we are very grateful for her presence in Colombia," said the President.
He stated that the presence of the Envoy of UNHCR "allows us all to reflect on the coordination of international aid to confront these phenomena and, of course, we want her visit to Colombia to serve also to alert the world of the seriousness of this situation, but, at the same time, to seek the coordination of the solidarity of the world to assist those people who need comprehensive reflection by States today.
He highlighted that this dialogue dealt with the need to seek "the nationalization of thousands of Venezuelan children in our country, who today do not have a defined migratory situation, and that doing so is a humanitarian way to give them the opportunities and benefits they deserve to get out of this tragedy”.
President Duque, who was accompanied by the Venezuelan Border Manager of the Presidency of the Republic, Felipe Muñoz, and other officials, recalled that Angelina Jolie "has had great leadership in humanitarian causes around the world”
He indicated that despite the fiscal difficulties that the country has had, has demonstrated "a fraternal feeling to attend to the Venezuelan population that has come to our territory”
"And I also want to highlight that in this visit, the Special Envoy has seen the institutional response of the Government, which was reflected in public policy documents and has also been reflected in the instruments that, hand in hand with international migration organizations, have allowed us to show the world that we can regularize and normalize the migration situation with a sense of fraternity," said the President.
Angelina Jolie was appointed Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012.
Acnur added that the humanitarian representative traveled "to understand the scale of the challenges facing Colombia and other countries that are responding to this unprecedented crisis”.

June 13, 2019

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On Wednesday, June 12, Ambassador Francisco Santos met with representatives of Nutresa, Argos, Comestibles DAN, Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá and Invest in Bogotá, who were part of Select USA 2019.
The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. This event offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together companies from around the world, economic development organizations from every corner and other parties working to facilitate business investment in the United States.
The participation of this group of Colombian companies in an event of this magnitude is the result of a joint effort by the Embassy of Colombia to the United States and the Colombian Commercial Office team.

June 17, 2019

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What you need to know:

The famous stage of The Millennium Stage was created to make the performing arts accessible to all in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission. This stage is completely free of charge, but has a capacity limit. The first to arrive are the first to sit down.

Who will perform and on what dates:

La Marvela: Pura Verbena | Friday, June 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“La Marvela (wonderful; extraordinary in Latin) was formed in 2017 by Marly Pérez, Velu Ochoa and Alison Caro, three female Colombian artists seeking a more balanced and equal gender representation in music.”

“Inspired by other female empowerment groups such as the Network of Female Drummers of Colombia (Red de Tamboreras de Colombia), Banda Didá, Batalá Washington, Nidia Góngora among other artists. The band strives to defend and support domestic violence survivors, as well as opening the dialogue between ancestral music and social causes, bringing awareness of the importance of art as a way of expression to call for social change and justice while honoring the ancestral music from the Colombian Caribbean Coast Region.”

Rio Mira | Monday, July 1, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“Co-produced by Grammy® nominee Ivis Flies and Grammy ® winner Ivan Benavides, Rio Mira is a marimba supergroup with Afro-Pacific binational heritage consisting of some of the most in-demand and respected musicians from Colombia and Ecuador. Their music is the sonic rejoining of the region known as El Pacifico Sur, one connected by history, ecology, and culture and divided by the national borders of Ecuador and Colombia.”

Yanga | Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 6:00 PM

“Yanga (American Musicians Abroad Project), is a manifestation of Colombia’s ever expanding musical influence. Sprouting their own distinct branch on the tree of Caribbean music and culture, Yanga cultivates a new sound rooted in the traditional rhythms of the Caribbean coast of Colombia.”

June 18, 2019

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Washington, DC — On Friday, June 21, Colombia’s tall ship and the training ship of the Colombian Navy – the “ARC GLORIA” – will arrive at the Port of Boston in Boston Harbor.

When GLORIA arrives at the port on Friday at 8:00 a.m., all are welcome to come to greet the ship. The three-mast sailing vessel will be in Boston until the afternoon of Monday, June 24. Beginning on Friday, June 21 at 9:00 a.m., local residents will have the opportunity to board and tour GLORIA on the following dates. Admission is free and open to the public.

• Friday, June 21: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Saturday, June 22: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• Sunday, June 23: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• Monday, June 24: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am.

The Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Francisco Santos will greet the crew when the ship arrives on Friday.

GLORIA’s visit presents an opportunity for the local community to welcome a special group of young Colombian cadets during their goodwill training cruise and to learn more about Colombian culture. On board, the visiting public will have a chance to meet the crew and learn about Colombia’s naval traditions. Visitors will also have the chance to view a special exhibition of posters and photographs that display Colombian history, heritage and culture, which includes guided narration, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The exhibition was developed by the Colombian Navy in coordination with PROCOLOMBIA, the country’s official tourism, foreign investment, and export promotion agency.

GLORIA is commanded by Captain Camilo Gutiérrez and manned by a 156-member crew, including cadets who learn and practice coastal and celestial navigation, the operation of modern navigation and communications equipment, maneuvering with sails and ropes and general seamanship. The cadets also learn to work as a team to raise the ship’s 23 sails and brave the world’s seas. Among the crew, there are 6 foreign official guests from Perú, Ecuador, and Mexico as well as some officers from the Colombian Army, Air Force and National Police.

The ship's visit is part of the kick off Colombian bicentennial celebrations. The ship’s flag has proudly waved in more than 200 ports across the globe, carrying with it the pride of the Colombian people, nobility and a message of progress to the world.