Colombia proposed reallocating about $1.5 billion (3 trillion pesos) in its 2015 budget plan for infrastructure and social spending, Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said on Wednesday.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated America’s “firm support” for the ongoing peace negotiations between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, the White House said.

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September 26, 2014- News Clips - "Interview With President Juan Manuel Santos"

“The Charlie Rose Show”

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Colombia will expedite the environmental licensing process for oil, mining, energy and infrastructure projects, but maintain the same rigorous standards, the environment minister said on Thursday.

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September 24, 2014- News Clips - "Firsthand Impressions of the Real Colombia"

After a week of remote treks through the rain forests and an isolated ascent into the Colombian Andes with a small group of five International Expeditions travelers, I was convinced that we had the entire country to ourselves. I was even feeling a bit torn about coming home and writing about it, only to let this wonderful South American secret out.

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September 24, 2014- News Clips - "Interview With President Juan Manuel Santos"

President Santos interview begins at 08:14

 

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The four presidents of Latin America’s $2.1 trillion Pacific Alliance bloc said integration is a tool for fighting inequality and they will seek a common agenda with the Mercosur group, led by Brazil and Argentina.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos talks about efforts to end a five-decade conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country’s economy and the potential impact of a Venezuela bond default on Colombia. Santos speaks with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker at the Bloomberg Latin America Forum in New York.

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September 29, 2014- News Clips - "President Of Colombia: Charlie Rose"

On “Charlie Rose,” a conversation with Juan Manuel Santos. He is President of Colombia and won a second term this June. President Santos was in New York this week for the UN General Assembly meetings.

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When four Latin American ambassadors to the U.S. met Thursday in Arlington, the mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth were on hand to welcome them.

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Juan Valdez, the brand backed by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, is holding up to competition on its home turf from Starbucks Corp. (SBUX)

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September 28, 2014- News Clips - "Colombia’s President On His Country’s Economy"

Fareed speaks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos about the state of his country’s economy. Watch the full interview this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

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September 30, 2014- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion for our citizens.

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September 19, 2014- Editorials - "Ending a Civil War: Colombia Cracks the Code?"

The world is mired in insurgencies, with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, the persistence of Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, and the continuing attacks of Boko Haram and Al Shabab in Africa. But at least one seemingly intractable guerrilla war — Latin America’s longest — may be coming to an end. Colombia is poised to reach a negotiated end after 50 years of fighting against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Marxist-Leninist insurgent group known by the acronym FARC. Laudable on their own terms, these talks also shed light on the social changes and negotiating strategies it might take to end other civil wars around the world.

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September 19, 2014- Op-eds - "Technology is Driving Change in Colombia"

When Governor Deval Patrick announced a trade mission to Colombia in 2013, it may have taken some in Massachusetts by surprise. For those who think that Colombia — once synonymous with drug cartels and criminal networks — is still in a state of paralysis, the idea of a coalition of business, academic, and government leaders visiting my country likely came with consternation and skepticism. But the reality today is that Colombia is a different place than it was just 15 years ago.

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Technology must be leveraged as a key tool for fighting poverty and helping spur businesses that can boost the social inclusion of very low-income Colombians, who make up 30.6 percent of the population, the deputy information and communications technology minister said.

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August 30, 2014- News Clips - "Colombia Revisited"

ARRIVING in the one-time murder capital of the world is far less terrifying than expected. My first, breathtaking, taste of the new Medellin is from the 17th-storey rooftop bar Envy, its glass walls framing a valley of skyscrapers glimmering against the lofty silhouettes of the lower Andes. This sparkling amphitheatre looks like a vast fireworks display, frozen in mid air.

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Cement company Argos became the first national business in Colombia’s history to win the prestigious Social Responsibility Award, recognizing the company’s “successful implementation of activities that generate positive effects in society, the economy, and the environment.”

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September 8, 2014- News Clips - "From Failed State to Tourist Haven"

… So many countries in this summer of war can only dream of one day becoming Colombia. It is a nation far from perfect, with plenty of conflicts and problems, but on the mend and coming up.

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September 12, 2014- News Clips - "36 Hours in Cartagena, Colombia"

From afar, Cartagena’s skyline is deceptive. Its white towers rise above the Caribbean from a peninsula of tan sand and concrete, making it look like a bigger, beachier metropolis than it is. But with fewer than a million people, Cartagena is a sliver of the size of Rio de Janeiro or Los Angeles.

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September 11, 2014- News Clips - "In Colombia, Coffee Is King"

In Colombia, there is an export grown that is prized the world over for its quality and energizing properties. That crop is, of course, coffee.

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… Santa Marta, Colombia, has been my home for the past two and a half years, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I arrived on a whim looking for new adventures and ended up staying, having fallen deeply in love with Colombia(ns) and its (their) magical charm.

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August 29, 2014- News Clips - "Colombia, Open and Ready for Business"

Once they’ve cracked Brazil and Mexico, many fashion executives are now looking to Colombia, South America’s third biggest economy, to help boost their balance sheets as the country shakes off its violent image.

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Colombia’s avocado industry could double over the next decade and offer strong competition to the likes of Chile and Peru should it gain access to the U.S. market, according to global producer and exporter Westfalia.

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August 21, 2014- News Clips - "Inside the Coffee Renaissance in Colombia"

On a Saturday afternoon in Bogotá’s upscale Parque de la 93 neighborhood, a line of people extends out the front door of the country's first Starbucks. The cafe, a three floor, 2,700-square-foot space, opened just last month and is an impressive celebration of Colombian coffee. It’s the first Starbucks in the world to serve only locally sourced beans, offered in five varieties. A 19-foot mural, painted in coffee pigment and acrylic by Colombian artist Luis Carlos Cifuentes, depicts the brand’s Siren mermaid, swimming underneath the first shipment of Colombian coffee that the company ordered in 1971.

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The City of Eternal Spring creates economic growth supported by a modern, effective and flexible IT infrastructure. Software AG (FRA: SOW) acknowledged today multiple awards received by Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in regenerating the municipality and the role IT played in driving economic growth and social inclusion. Amongst other awards, Medellin was acknowledged as “Innovative City of the Year” by the Urban Land Institute and received the United Nations sustainable transport award.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday began his second term with a call for unity among his countrymen with an eye toward building a new country enjoying peace, equality and education.

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