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Building a Creative Economy: Lessons from Colombia and the United States

Updated: Apr 28

March 2, 2020 -


At Lincoln's Cottage, where President Abraham Lincoln drafted the preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Ivan Duque presented the Opportunities of Colombia’s ‘Orange Economy’ to National Endowment for the Humanities, government officials and opinion leaders.

Here in a conversation about Orange Economy and Culture with Carlos Diaz Rosillo, Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities


The ‘Orange Economy’ is President Duque’s plan to grow Colombia’s economy through its creative industry — a sector whose goods and services are based on intellectual property, estimated to make up about 6 percent of the world’s GDP.


President Duque’s goal is for the Orange Economy to represent 10 percent of Colombia’s GDP, up from the current 3.3 percent, which would put it at roughly the same place as the manufacturing industry.

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