United States Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Colombia will focus on the country’s security progress and aims to “reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the two nations,” White House officials told Colombian media. Biden will be in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Monday to meet the country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, to discuss the progress in public safety, an anonymous White House source told newspaper El Espectador.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Clean Technology Fund, is helping Colombian financial institutions develop sustainable energy finance programs to support local companies that seek to fund energy efficiency upgrades, clean technology investments, and renewable energy projects. In collaboration with the National Banking Association in Colombia (Asobancaria), IFC is hosting a conference in Bogota, Colombia for financial institutions to share their experiences in scaling up sustainable energy finance, and highlight the challenges and opportunities for further growth in the Colombian market.
U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today announced that L-3 Communications Corporation Warrior Systems Sector (Londonderry, New Hampshire) and its distributor Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Boise, Idaho) recently secured a contract from the Government of Colombia worth $42 million. The announcement comes on the heels of Acting Secretary Blank’s trade mission to Brazil, Colombia and Panama, which wrapped up on May 17.
Presidents from some of the most economically dynamic Latin American nations will hold a summit in Cali, Colombia, this week, aiming to deepen a new trade group that is emerging as an alternative to other regional blocs that have erected trade barriers in recent years.
Hollywood may migrate south for a while while Colombia becomes the next country to bid for Hollywood production by offering incentives for filming. According to a report by Variety, a new law in the country will allow foreign shoots for film and TV investing over $500,000 in the Colombia's economy can receive cash rebates of up to 40 percent on qualified expenses and 20 percent rebates on living and transportation expenses.
Former President Clinton visited Colombia last week, meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos while visiting Cartagena, where Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro showed him around the city in an electric taxi.
U.S. manufacturing and agricultural exports to Colombia are on the rise, as the trade agreement between the two nations reaches its one-year mark, according to Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis. U.S. manufacturers have “substantially” increased exports of transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products, processed food and computer and electronic parts, while farmers and ranchers have seen “strong growth” in soybeans, wheat, grapes, pork and dairy products, Marantis said in a written statement.
The US Embassy of Colombia in Washington says the US./Colombian Free Trade Agreement has generated 28-and-a-half Billion in trade for both countries in its first year, benefitting ag trade both ways.
On the heels of Travel and Tourism Week, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia today as part of the trade mission she is leading this week to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama.
Visiting U.S. former President Bill Clinton met in Cartagena with Colombian head of state Juan Manuel Santos and literary icon Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and on Thursday joined Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro for a ride around that Caribbean city in an electric taxi.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today hailed the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement’s (FTA) entry into force and touted the benefits it is already producing for the U.S. Economy.
One of the Commerce Department’s top priorities is to strengthen the economic ties between the United States and our trading partners. One year ago today, the ties between the United States and Colombia became much stronger with the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank marked during her remarks today at a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and the Counsel of American Companies (CEA) in Bogotá, Colombia.
Today, Acting United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis welcomed growing exports for U.S. businesses, farmers, and ranchers on the first anniversary of the entry into force of the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement. U.S. manufacturers substantially increased exports of transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products, processed food, and computer and electronic products, while farmers and ranchers saw strong growth, including in soybeans, wheat, grapes, pork, and dairy products.
U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank began the first leg of an infrastructure business development trade mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; and Panama City, Panama – three countries that are committing significant resources to infrastructure improvements in the coming years.
This week, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank will lead an infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama, countries that have created robust infrastructure development plans for the coming years.
At the 43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the Council of the Americas, US Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will travel to Brazil, Colombia, and Trinidad & Tobago during the week of May 26th, 2013.
Brazil will be the focus of a U.S. trade mission for 20 companies including Morgan Stanley, CNH Global (CNH) NV, Textron Inc. (TXT)’s Cessna Aircraft Co. and OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan, which makes airport screening devices. The delegation also will visit Colombia and Panama, where commercial investment is on the rise. … The mission coincides with the first anniversary of the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement. “Colombia is launching a very ambitious infrastructure effort” worth about $26 billion over the next four years, Carlos Urrutia, the nation’s ambassador to Washington, said in a phone interview. “There should be a lot of opportunities for U.S. companies.”
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he's headed to Brazil and Colombia as the Obama administration ramps up its engagement with Latin America.
Biden told the State Department's Washington Conference on the Americas that he's taking the trip "in the coming weeks."
… Most every structure in Medellin is of red brick, topped with a red clay tile roof and surrounded by foliage and flowers. This is a city of parks and green spaces. The effect, again, is calming, peaceful. … As I said, Medellin is impressively green, with trees, plants and small gardens everywhere. It's also remarkably clean. In the central neighborhoods, you see no litter. The metro, a point of pride for the local population, is spotless and like new.
The Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir, built in the 1970s and still an important source of Colombia’s hydroelectric power, lies 80 kilometers east of Medellín, the country’s second city, with a population of 3.5 million. That proximity and the bucolic feel of the reservoir’s wooded shoreline and surrounding countryside, much of which has been given over to ranching, have helped turn the area into a prime weekend-home location for some Medellín residents.
Colombia's coffee output surged in April as the country recovers from a spate of bad weather that hurt coffee harvests last year. Coffee output in April rose 85% from a year earlier to 1.07 million 60-kilogram bags.
Photography enthusiasts are in for a treat over the next month, as Colombia’s capital of Bogota plays host to more than 30 exhibitions encompassing the work of both local and international talent. Bogota’s 5th biannual photography festival kicks off on May 4 and continues until June 15. Running on the theme of “Panoramic Landscapes,” the work of both local and international photographers will be showcased across 30 free exhibitions located in city streets, universities, on the Transmilenio bus system, at bus stops, in museums and galleries, and on billboards.
The Bogota International Book Fair, whose guest of honor was Portugal this year, drew 18,000 more visitors than the 2012 edition, with total visitors hitting 433,000, organizers said. The 14-day fair, which closed its doors on Wednesday, saw attendance rise 4.3 percent from the 415,000 visitors registered last year.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the completion of action plans for the Colombian cities of Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Manizales, and Pereira, providing them with powerful tools to prioritize their investments over the next decade. The action plans provide preliminary estimates that the four Colombian cities require $2.2 billion in investments in areas such as urban development of socially vulnerable areas, expansion of public transport systems and provision of exclusive lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, renovation of historic centers, public safety, and strengthened fiscal management.
Colombia’s Minster of Mines and Energy Federico Renjifo on Thursday announced that the country’s oil reserves increased by 5.22% from 2011 to 2012. “The net growth [in oil reserves] in 2012 was 5.22% versus the 2011 report, and an increase in relation to reserves over production,” said the minister. “We can affirm that the country has crude oil self-sufficiency for 6.9 years if we maintain the same level of production.”
Feature length films, documentaries and shorts from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay and the United States are being screened this weekend at the 2nd Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, or FLAFF. The festival is aimed at helping Latin American film artists in the United States who want to get greater public recognition of their work as well as offering the public films to which they normally do not have access, said Brazilian Beatriz Vieira, the co-founder of FLAFF.
"My husband Paul and I just came back from our second trip to Colombia. We know what you are thinking: danger, danger, drugs, dissolution, despair. Here's what I am thinking: fabulous, friendly, fun, fave country."
The third episode of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown ends with a literal bang as Bourdain topples off an ATV. His location; however, is precisely what CNN’s newest show is all about. Bourdain is in Guajira, the rugged land of the Wayuu people in northern Colombia.
Come to Colombia for the coffee, tropical climate and charming people; stay for the arepas, fresh fruit, abundant seafood, breakfast soups and powerful liquor.
A new oil pipeline in Colombia is set to start operating in July, an essential and much-awaited step in improving the country's archaic crude transportation infrastructure which is struggling to keep up with a surge in oil production in recent years. The Bicentennial oil pipeline, which will operate in eastern Colombia, is set to complete its first phase of construction in the coming weeks and is slated to go on-line in July with a capacity to transport 110,000 barrels of oil per day. That phase could eventually reach 140,000 barrels of oil per day.