Colombia's economy grew 4.3 percent in 2013, one of the fastest rates in Latin America, beating market expectations on momentum driven by nearly a year of low interest rates.

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March 19, 2014- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Today, Colombia boasts the region's third-largest economy and a growing middle class ... Colombia has become Florida's No. 2 trading partner and a potential investment hot spot for Metro Orlando, home to nearly 38,000 Colombians.

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Unlike in the United States, where technology has helped create new divisions between rich and poor, Colombia wants to use the Internet to close the wealth gap.

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March 13, 2014- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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March 11, 2014- News Clips - Investors Can’t Get Enough Of Colombia

Many investors have been stampeding out of emerging-market bonds, but they’re falling in love with Colombia.

 

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March 5, 2014- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism, Santiago Rojas Arroyo, upheld that average growth maintained itself this year, like the three previous years. Colombia will reach the goal of four million international travelers, keeping in mind that currently the completed percentage is 93%.

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February 27, 2014- News Clips - A Chat With Colombia's Finance Minister

Colombia, along with fellow Pacific Alliance members Chile, Mexico and Peru, are embracing free trade and working to diversify exports. Colombian Finance Minister Mauricio Cárdenas spoke to The Wall Street Journal about his country's strong growth prospects despite the tapering of the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program and a slowdown in China.

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Colombia's finance minister said some $12 billion in investment on infrastructure projects this year will boost this Andean country's gross domestic product even as the U.S. signals an end to easy-money policy and some analysts predict a drop in commodity prices.

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Foreign direct investment in Colombia's mining sector grew 21 percent in the first nine months of 2013 from the same period of 2012, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

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Colombia will for the first time auction areas potentially containing non-conventional or shale crude in its 2014 oil round in July that it is launching on Wednesday as it seeks to sustain a wave of foreign investment into the sector. Latin America's No. 4 oil producer aims to raise around $2.6 billion by selling more than 22 million hectares for exploration and production at the July 23 auction, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), which is overseeing the auction, has said.

 

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February 18, 2014- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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US-based networking company Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) sees strong growth opportunities in Colombia, and is aiming to double its revenues in the country within the next three years, the company's newly appointed general manager for Colombia, Christian Onetto, told BNamericas.

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Heads of state from South America's Pacific Alliance, comprised of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, signed a deal on Monday that will scrap nine-tenths of tariffs on goods and services traded between them.

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Israel has been accepted as an observer state to the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc grouping four of Latin America's fastest-growing economies, officials said Tuesday.

 

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By 2007 the world did not know the moderate acidity of Colombian gulupa, a native Brazilian fruit that belongs to the same family as the passion fruit. Currently, almost 3,000 tons of this fruit are being exported to Europe, Asia and America. Six years ago exports only amounted to 523 tons. Exports of Gulupa increased by five throughout the last six years from $3,954 million in 2007 to $20,455 million between January and September 2013.

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Latin America's most open economies signed a free-trade pact on Monday in an effort to firm their ties and raise commerce with Asia, a move that also creates a counterbalance to their colossal neighbor Brazil. The so-called Pacific Alliance between Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile aims to make 92% of the four countries' goods tariff-free, while phasing in the remaining 8% over the coming years. The accord creates a market of some 210 million people, bigger than Brazil's, with a combined economic output equal to 35% of the total GDP of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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The presidents of four nations collectively responsible for half of Latin America's economic output have signed an accord to eliminate tariffs on 92 percent of the products they trade.

 

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…Well, now that Argentina has officially devalued its currency, the Colombians are at it again. “I think we have settled the question, even if the difference is small,” Mauricio Cardenas, Colombia’s finance minister, told beyondbrics in a recent interview. Using the latest GDP estimates for each country (from the third quarter of 2013), he reckons Colombian GDP stands at $344bn versus Argentine at $338bn. Goal to Colombia!

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February 5, 2014- News Clips - Utah Industry Leaders Head to Panama, Colombia

Representatives from Utah’s finance, manufacturing, telecommunications and other industries will head to Colombia and Panama on Feb. 10 to kick off a four-day trade mission.

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Coffee production in Colombia, the second-biggest grower of the arabica variety favored by Starbucks Corp., climbed 15 percent in January from a year earlier to the highest level since 2007.

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The European Union reached an accord to eliminate the visa requirement for brief stays by Colombians and Peruvians, the EU delegation in Bogota said Tuesday.

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An attempt to build a stronger British investment presence in Mexico and Colombia will get under way on Monday when more than 40 business leaders accompany Nick Clegg on a trade visit to the two countries.

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Chilean energy company AES Gener SA is looking for purchases in booming Colombia and at home, where it is upbeat about incoming president Michelle Bachelet's plans to spruce up the power sector.

 

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Computer giant Hewlett-Packard this year will bring to Colombia two innovative programs it is marketing worldwide aimed at entrepreneurs and students.

 

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January 29, 2014- News Clips - Colombia

Luis Carlos Villegas became ambassador of Colombia to the United States on Dec. 3, 2013 having most recently served as president of the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), a position he held for more than 17 years. In addition, Ambassador Villegas is a member of the Colombian government's negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC rebels.

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January 28, 2014- News Clips - Juan Valdez's Coffee Journey From Colombia to Kuwait  

Globalization is no news but the way it works sometimes is. Colombian largest producer of Arabica coffee Juan Valdez has recently opened its first store in Kuwait, one of the countries located in the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf –or as it has also been controversially named by some Arab countries, the Arabian Gulf.
 

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After a year of efforts from private industry, the Colombian government has decided to include fruit growers in its Program of Productive Transformation (PTP), with the goal of raising seven of the country’s crops to world class export status.
 

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January 27, 2014- News Clips - Is Colombia the new Hollywood?

… Colombia is amazingly beautiful and seems specially created by nature to nurture the dreams of filmmakers in search of the one place capable of providing an entire range of gorgeous scenery perfect for creating a magnificent film.

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