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February 2010

February 17, 2010
USA Today
At a time when exports provide a key avenue for U.S. job growth, trade pacts with three nations — Panama, Colombia and South Korea — have been languishing in Congress for years. These deals would cut tariffs, grant American companies greater access to service industries such as telecommunications and banking, and protect U.S. patents and trademarks.
February 9, 2010
Washington Post
No doubt trade is a tough sell in an election year, given the strength of its opponents on the Hill. But on Colombia, the case for a deal is especially strong -- and the case against one especially weak. ‘This administration will pursue trade agreements that are balanced [and] ambitious and improve market access for U.S. workers, firms, farmers and ranchers,’ Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said...This is a perfect description of the Colombia FTA: It would simply give the vast majority of U.S. goods the same duty-free access to that large, fast-growing Andean nation that Colombian products already enjoy in the United States. Even as it helps U.S. companies, the agreement would shore up a strong U.S. ally in a troubled region.
February 8, 2010
Longview Daily News (Longivew, WA)
The United States is the net beneficiary in all three trade agreements, but the Colombia pact especially favors U.S. interests. Colombia already is selling about 90 percent of its products to the United States duty-free. U.S. products sold to Colombia are subject to tariffs of up to 35 percent for non-agricultural goods and higher for agricultural exports. The moment Congress ratifies the trade agreement, more than 80 percent of those tariffs disappear.
February 2, 2010
Wall Street Journal
The overwhelming majority of Colombian goods already enter the U.S. duty-free under the Andean trade preferences act, which Congress extended in 2008 and again in December. The new agreement would simply lift Colombia's barriers to U.S. exports.
February 4, 2010
Minister of Defense, Gabriel Silva, will visit Washington next week

PRESS RELEASE. Embassy of Colombia. February 4, 2010

The Colombian Minister of Defense, Mr. Gabriel Silva, will visit Washington on February 8, 9 and 10, 2010. Minister Silva will hold meetings with members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and will speak at the Council of the Americas. He will present the progress Colombia has made on issues related to national security, and the countrys regional security initiatives, as well as the importance of the relationship between Colombia and the United States.

For more information, please contact Muni Jensen, Press Secretary, at moj@colombiaemb.org , phone 202 234 6638.

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BOLETN DE PRENSA. Embajada de Colombia. Febrero 4, 2010

La Embajada de Colombia informa que el Ministro de Defensa, Gabriel Silva, visitará Washington los días 8, 9, y 10 de febrero del 2010. El Ministro Silva sostendrá reuniones con Representantes y Senadores del Congreso de Estados Unidos y realizará una presentación pblica en el Council of the Americas. El Ministro presentará los avances de Colombia en seguridad nacional y sus esfuerzos en materia de cooperación regional, así como la importancia de la relación entre Colombia y Estados Unidos.

Para mayor información, favor comunicarse con Muni Jensen, Secretaria de Prensa al moj@colombiaemb.org , telfono 202 234 6638.

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February 17, 2010

Doing Business in Colombia 2010: More progress for Colombia

PRESS RELEASE. Embassy of Colombia. February 17, 2010

Colombia’s economy has been ranked 37th among 183 economies, by the World Bank's Doing Business 2010 report. For the third year in a row, the report includes Colombia in the list of the top 10 reformer countries. Colombia ranks first among Latin American countries in the ease of doing business category.

The doing Business in Colombia 2010 Second Annual Subnational Report was launched on Tuesday, comparing business regulations in 21 Colombian cities, expanding the scope of the comparison to the regions. The Report shows recent reforms in the country at a national, regional and municipal level, achieving significant increases in business climate, competitiveness, and investment promotion."

Colombia's progress in regulatory reform at the local level is an important step toward expanding business opportunities throughout the country, advancing our shared goal of creating jobs and alleviating poverty. IFC will continue to help local governments implement further reforms," said Rachel Kyte, IFC Vice President of Business Advisory Services.

The Doing Business in Colombia 2010 report was issued by the World Bank Group with support of Universidad de los Andes and the Private Competitiveness Council. The project was funded by the National Planning Department, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, the Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce (Confecámaras), the United States Agency for International Development, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the Investment Climate Department of the World Bank Group.

To view remarks by the Colombian Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Luis Plata, at the presentation of Doing Business 2010 event, please click here.

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