September 8, 2013- News Clips - DHL Express Raises its Stake in Latin America

Seeing new opportunities in Latin American trade, DHL Express is raising its stake in the region. The company, whose Americas headquarters is in Plantation, invested tens of millions of dollars in its Latin American operations in recent months, including $25 million for its hub in Mexico City, $7.3 million for a new distribution center near Santiago, Chile, about $1.7 million for its Colombia hub and more than $1 million for a new operations center in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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September 8, 2013- News Clips - DHL Express Raises its Stake in Latin America

Seeing new opportunities in Latin American trade, DHL Express is raising its stake in the region. The company, whose Americas headquarters is in Plantation, invested tens of millions of dollars in its Latin American operations in recent months, including $25 million for its hub in Mexico City, $7.3 million for a new distribution center near Santiago, Chile, about $1.7 million for its Colombia hub and more than $1 million for a new operations center in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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The Governments of the Republic of Colombia and the United States of America reaffirmed their strategic partnership during a meeting of the Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG) on August 27.

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The Seattle-based chain will open the first store in the capital city of Bogota and plans to open at least 50 there and in other cities throughout Colombia over the next five years. The announcement comes as many Colombian coffee farmers enter a second week of strikes. The coffee growers want more subsidies from the government due to low global prices for coffee beans that have fallen nearly 40% over the past year.

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The Seattle-based chain will open the first store in the capital city of Bogota and plans to open at least 50 there and in other cities throughout Colombia over the next five years. The announcement comes as many Colombian coffee farmers enter a second week of strikes. The coffee growers want more subsidies from the government due to low global prices for coffee beans that have fallen nearly 40% over the past year.

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La Canciller María Ángela Holguín reiteró el llamado para hacer un esfuerzo conjunto, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y medios de comunicación, encaminado a que “las mujeres que son maltratadas y pasan por una situación muy complicada afuera del país, denuncien”, llamando al Centro de Atención al Ciudadano (CIAC), a través del cual se pueden comunicar con el Consulado más cercanos al lugar en el que se encuentran.

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August 14, 2013- Press Releases - Canciller hizo llamado para que los colombianos en el exterior denuncien casos de maltrato o violencia de los que sean víctimas Bogotá (ago. 13/13). La Canciller María Ángela Holguín reiteró el llamado para hacer un esfuerzo conjunto, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y medios de comunicación, encaminado a que “las mujeres que son maltratadas y pasan por una situación muy complicada afuera del país, denuncien”, llamando al Centro de Atención al Ciudadano (CIAC), a través del cual se pueden comunicar con el Consulado más cercanos al lugar en el que se encuentran. “Hay bastantes fórmulas para comunicarse: nosotros tenemos el CIAC las 24 horas del día en la página web de la Cancillería; y está el videochat, que también funciona las 24 horas. Es muy triste que las mujeres, sobre todo mujeres, porque me imagino habrá otros casos, acaben en este final tan desafortunado por violencia intrafamiliar y no logren pedir esa ayuda necesaria”, afirmó la Ministra Holguín durante una rueda de prensa ofrecida en el Palacio de San Carlos, sede de la Cancillería. En compañía de Álvaro Calderón, director de Asuntos Consulares, la Canciller Holguín se refirió a los casos de Andrea del Pilar Arias, asesinada presuntamente por su esposo, en Virginia (EE. UU.) y de Israel Hernández, quien murió tras recibir una descarga durante un operativo policial en Miami (EE. UU.). Respecto al caso de Andrea del Pilar Arias, la Ministra indicó que la Cancillería “va a asumir el ciento por ciento del trámite de la repatriación del cuerpo”. De igual forma, detalló que, además de apoyo para obtener una visa de viaje, a las familiares de Andrea se les está prestando asesoría legal tanto para seguir de cerca los detalles del caso, como para estar con sus dos niñas, de 4 años y ocho meses de edad. Sobre el caso de Israel Hernández, la Canciller dijo que “la Cónsul, Marta Jaramillo, ha estado muy de la mano de la Alcaldía, de la Fiscalía y de la familia”. “Vamos a estar muy atentos a los resultados de la investigación. En eso estamos acompañando a la familia como les digo. Y, veremos, según lo que pase con toda la información que nos dé la autopsia y todo este proceso, cómo podemos acompañar a la familia en cualquier tipo de decisión en términos jurídicos que ella quiera adelantar por este caso”, agregó. La Canciller Holguín destacó que se atienden “permanentemente casos”. Por ejemplo, comentó, “en el caso de las repatriaciones llevamos cinco este año, completando ocho a finales del año pasado”. “Yo quiero que estén también seguros de que la Cancillería, a través de sus Consulados y de sus abogados, en sus Consulados sigue haciendo este seguimiento”, puntualizó.  ¿Cómo acceder al CIAC? El Centro Integral de Atención al Ciudadano (CIAC) es la herramienta ideal para quienes necesiten contactar al Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Allí, 24 horas al día, orientadores de servicio atienden sus requerimientos bien sea en español o inglés. A través del CIAC los ciudadanos pueden solicitar asistencia en caso de que tengan un evento grave en el exterior o poner en conocimiento de la Cancillería eventos que puedan afectar a los colombianos en otros países. El Centro Integral de Atención también sir-ve de puente con los cónsules en el mundo para ofrecer ayuda oportuna a los compatriotas que lo requieran. Los medios de contacto que tiene dispuestos el CIAC son el chat y la videollamada. A estos canales se puede acceder las 24 horas del día desde las páginas oficiales de la Cancillería y de los consulados de Colombia en el exterior.  
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July 14, 2013- Op-eds - The Next Big Free-Trade Breakthrough

This quaint colonial town, nestled in the mountains three hours north of Bogotá by car, is a favorite retreat for city slickers who want to slow down. Ubiquitous red-tile roofs peek over high, white-washed walls as local women in ponchos and fedoras tread across ancient cobblestone streets. Time seems to stand still. But on the last weekend in June this was the site of the eighth ministerial meeting of the Pacific Alliance, the most important trade liberalization effort in the Americas that you've never heard of.

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July 12, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Frank Bruni ate his way through Bogotá to report on Colombia's rising culinary scene, and he found at least ten things to eat that make the flight to South America worth the time.

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South Korea and Colombia Monday agreed to speedily implement their bilateral, free-trade agreement signed in February, the Seoul government said. The decision was reached at a meeting in Seoul of South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick and Colombian Commerce Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados Guida, Yonhap News reported.

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July 4, 2013- News Clips - Colombia's Culinary Comeback

Dinnertime is upon us, stars are all around us, and what's before us on this blissfully balmy night in Colombia is no mere restaurant. It's a whirling, twinkling dream, a wonderland of colored lights—on the steadily rotating blades of the decorative windmills that line the street in front of the place; on the gently swaying branches of the trees skirting it; alongside the paths that lattice the parking lot, which is as vast as any amusement park's. As we shimmy into a spot, I catch my reflection in one of the car's windows. When do I ever smile this widely?

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British broadcaster BBC on Wednesday dedicated an episode of their online series “My City” to Colombia’s capital Bogota. In the five-minute presentation, Bogota native and BBC Mundo director Hernando Alvarez shows the viewer the lesser-known gems of Colombia’s capital.

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Colombia’s Ambassador Carlos Urrutia hosted a reception last night for indigenous artists in town for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The festival, for which Colombia was the honoree in 2011, has a Hungarian theme this year.

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July 2, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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According to the Economic Analysis Department of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism and data from Migration Colombia, Civil Aeronautics and Proexport visitors came through air, sea, and land immigration control points. The United States remains the largest source of international visitors, contributing 19.1% of the total who arrived to date of the report.

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July 1, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Colombia has gone up 2.4% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, the country’s central bank announced Friday. In total, Colombia received $3.706 billion in foreign investment in the first three months of the year, said the central bank. In the first quarter of 2012, this was $3.617 billion.

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Foreign visits to Colombia increased 4.6% in the first months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to statistics of the country’s Trade Ministry. According to the ministry’s monthly statistics, nearly 685 thousand foreigners visited Colombia between January and April. Last year, the country received little more than 654 thousand foreign visitors.

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NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow and the Defence Minister of Colombia, Juan Carlos Pinzon Bueno, on Tuesday ( 25 June 2013) signed an Agreement on the Security of Information, an accord that will allow NATO and Colombia to explore future cooperation and consultation in areas of common interest. "As an Alliance of democracies, we are gratified when countries sharing similar values reach out to us," the Deputy Secretary General said during his meeting with Minister Pinzon Bueno.

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Four of Colombia’s cities were recently ranked among top 25 destinations in South America by travel website Trip Advisor. Among Trip Advisor’s “Top 25 destinations – South America,” were the Colombian cities of Cartagena, Bogota, Santa Marta and Cali.

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June 17, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Seventeen years ago, Andrés Angulo, a recently graduated doctor, rented an apartment, bought a whiteboard, and began training nurses and medical technicians. His first class was anatomy and he had just two students. Today, Campoalto, the educational institute he started with two colleagues, has eight campuses across Colombia’s capital, more than 8,000 active students and can boast more than 20,000 alumni. It has become the nation’s largest vocational health training school and has evolved beyond healthcare education to provide classes on auto mechanics, cooking and clothing manufacturing, among others. And soon, it will be operating in Miami.

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A senior executive at U.S. discount carrier Spirit Airlines Inc. is leaving to take the helm of Colombian startup carrier VivaColombia, highlighting the global expansion of the ultra-low-cost airline model. Spirit Executive Vice President Barry Biffle will become chief executive in August of VivaColombia, a far smaller carrier based in Medellín that is backed by the same investor group behind many of the ultra-low-cost airlines that have also sprung up in Europe and Asia.

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