March 14, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos will receive the Wilson Center’s prestigious Award for Public Service in New York City in September 2013. “Throughout his life, President Santos has been committed to serving the public good by fostering democracy, security, and peace in Colombia,” said  Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of the Wilson Center. “He has demonstrated courage and leadership in shaping Colombia’s future as a secure and prosperous nation.”

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From March 11th to the 15th, Medellin will be the venue for the sixth round of negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between Colombia and Panama. Such an agreement would serve to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two countries.

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In Colombia, a piece of blank paper can speak volumes, and simple galleries can encourage grassroots artistic movements. For the five curators of La Tienda Medellín, a trip to South America and a passion for contemporary art turned college students into gallery owners.

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Costa Rica and Colombia eliminated today by 70.6 and 69 percent the tariffs to goods traded between them, as part of a Free Trade Agreement the negotiation of which they completed here this week.

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Colombia is one of the fastest growing export markets for Texas. Ambassador Carlos Urrutia has represented the country in Washington since September of last year.

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Fitch ratings agency revised Colombia's outlook to positive on Wednesday, citing the country's increased resilience to external shocks and favorable debt dynamics, in a move that could pave the way for an upgrade in the future.

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South Carolina Adjutant General Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr. led a team of 10 soldiers and airmen to Bogotá, Colombia, Feb. 19-22 for the latest engagement of the newly formed State Partnership Program between South Carolina and the Republic of Colombia.

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While most young boys want to become professional footballers when they grow up, like film character Billy Elliot Colombia's Fernando Montano knew that his future lay in ballet. He talks to the BBC about how he pursued and achieved that dream, moving at the age of 14 from a port city on the Colombian Pacific coast to Cuba, eventually becoming the only Colombian dancer in the British Royal Ballet.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has reportedly been named as a likely nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his administration's efforts to end the conflict with Colombia's largest left-wing rebel group, FARC.

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March 4, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Medellin, in Colombia, has been named the world's most innovative city in a competition organised by the non-profit Urban Land Institute.

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February 28, 2013- News Clips - In Colombia, a Taste of the Spanish Caribbean

There are two different sides to Cartagena de Indias, the official name of this beach resort city of one million in Colombia. The modern Cartagena is along the coast. Hundreds of glass condominium towers have sprung up on the Bocagrande Peninsula and nearby, a scene straight out of Miami or Panama City.

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February 27, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Canacol Energy Ltd said it entered into an exploration and development deal with ConocoPhillips for one of the Canadian oil and gas producer's shale oilfield in Colombia.

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Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of the Republic of Colombia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that will grant formal collaborations between the two entities in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

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Colombia became the first country in Latin America in using robotic science in surgery applied to a two-year old child with the Dawn Syndrome and chronic urinary retention, and the operation was successful.

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According to an article in Latinvex, a Latin American journal, implementations of U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) in Latin America have caused an increase of U.S. exports to the region by 9.3 percent in 2012, lowering the U.S. trade deficit by 24.7 percent. … Among the countries that spearheaded this growth of U.S. exports were Colombia and Panama, which implemented FTAs with the United States last year. Both are in the top 5 percent of countries with the most growth in trade with the United States.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos today named Deputy Finance Minister Ana Fernanda Maiguashca as the second woman ever to serve on the central bank’s seven-member policy committee.

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February 20, 2013- News Clips - Gov. Patrick Signs Deal With Colombian President

Gov. Deval Patrick and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to strengthen collaboration between Massachusetts and the South American nation. The agreement focuses on the areas of science, technology and innovation — including the life sciences — and clean energy industries.

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Bancolombia SA, Colombia's largest lender by assets, agreed to purchase HSBC Bank SA Panama for $2.1 billion, the most ever paid by a local bank and the latest in an expansion wave by financial entities into Latin America.

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February 20, 2013- News Clips - First Ever Colombian Film Festival Coming to NYC

The first ever Colombian Film Festival is coming to New York City, celebrating all that is great about Colombian moviemaking.  The festival, that will take place at the Tribeca Cinemas, will be held from March 20th until March 24, 2013. The festival will screen 16 feature films and 8 shorts out of 45 entrees.

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February 20, 2013- News Clips - Governor Rick Scott is Pleased With Trade Mission

Governor Rick Scott and Enterprise Florida (EFI) today announced that the participating companies on the trade mission to Bogotá, Colombia reported actual and expected sales in excess of $40 million as a result of the trip. Governor Scott and EFI were a part of one of the largest TEAM Florida trade missions to Bogotá, Colombia, with more than 190 participants representing 116 Florida companies, statewide organizations and higher educational institutions to promote economic development opportunities in the Sunshine State last December.

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An agreement announced Wednesday is intended to foster partnerships in the life sciences and other technology sectors between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Republic of Colombia. The memorandum of understanding signed by Gov. Deval Patrick and Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon is aimed at enhancing scientific and technological development between the residents of Colombia and Massachusetts through collaboration between public and private institutions, universities, research centers and other organizations. The MOU specifically calls for partnerships in health and life sciences industry sectors, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and tropical disease research.

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President Juan Manuel Santos today highlighted the importance of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Colombia’s Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, Colciencias, and the state of Massachusetts, aimed at expanding cooperation on technology.

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February 19, 2013- Press Releases - President Santos Highlights Importance of MOU on Technology Cooperation Signed Between Colciencias, State of Massachusetts   Bogotá — President Juan Manuel Santos today highlighted the importance of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Colombia’s Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, Colciencias, and the state of Massachusetts, aimed at expanding cooperation on technology.   Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Colciencias Director Fonseca Carlos Zarate signed the agreement at the Casa de Nariño in Bogotá with President Santos present.   “I know how important innovation, technology and research are in the state of Massachusetts, and so any contribution to Colombia will be very important,” said President Santos at the signing ceremony.   Similarly, the President discussed how innovation is an engine for economic growth in Colombia and underscored the importance of the agreement in that context.   “We allocate significant resources – 10 percent of all our tax dollars – toward research and development,” said President Santos.   The President thanked Governor Patrick for leading a delegation of U.S. business and academic leaders and officials to visit Colombia to learn more about the country and all it has to offer.   “With your help, we are confident that we will find the best ways to invest these resources to help ensure economic growth,” said President Santos.   “We hope that with the signing of the memorandum a stable and lasting relationship is built between Colombia and the state known for its prestigious academic centers.”   “The state of Massachusetts has a lot of what Colombia needs, and Colombia has a lot of what United States and the state of Massachusetts also need,” concluded the President.   ###  
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February 19, 2013- News Clips - Outside Colombia, Colombian Banks Are Moving In

Need to raise some cash and have a bank to sell in Latin America? Try Colombian financiers. They’re buying. Banks from the Andean nation are fast becoming regional players, taking advantage of troubled global financial firms that are being pushed to withdraw from a part of the world that sports an ascendant middle-class, a young population and a generally bright economic outlook.

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February 14, 2013- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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February 14, 2013- News Clips - Gov. Deval Patrick Plans Mission to Colombia 

Gov. Deval Patrick will lead a coalition of business leaders and officials on a mission to Colombia to promote job creation in the state. Colombia has a thriving innovation, life sciences and clean energy economy, Patrick said, and the mission will help create collaboration that will spur job creation in Massachusetts.

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February 12, 2013- News Clips - The Holiday Inn Brand Expands in Colombia

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, today announced signings of two new Holiday Inn® hotels in Colombia. The new properties – to be located in the northeast region’s cities of Bucaramanga and Cucuta – will bring IHG’s hotel pipeline in Colombia to 5 hotels.

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