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July 2012

July 11, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia's civil aviation authority on Tuesday approved new direct flights routes from Bogota to London and Cartagena to Toronto. Colombia's largest airline Avianca will start operating daily flights between Bogota and London, marking the first time in ten years that passengers from the UK can fly directly to Colombia without having to change in Madrid or Frankfurt.

July 25, 2012

MarketWatch

Not too long ago, most investors looking to put money into Latin America had a relatively simple choice: Brazil or Mexico, or maybe Chile. But not anymore. A new group of countries in the region is emerging as a viable alternative. … Standing out in this group of Latin America’s “New Tigers,” Colombia and Peru are growing at a fast clip and are expected to continue doing so.

July 25, 2012

MarketWatch

If all goes well, Colombia’s antiquated system of pot-holed roads and highways will be supplemented by a modern network of superhighways and roads built over the next few years. “The next six months will be the key to infrastructure companies in Colombia,” said Jose Fernando Restrepo, chief analyst at InterBolsa SA in Medellín.

July 25, 2012

MarketWatch

Think young and think basic needs when you consider building exposure to Colombia and Peru. That’s the message from investment managers who have found opportunities in the two countries that are poised to grab a bigger share of growth in Latin America over the next few years, and who have expanded beyond the well-established markets of Brazil, Mexico and Chile.

July 24, 2012

DVIDS

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Colombian Vice Minister of Defense Jorge Enrique Bedoya signed a partnership proclamation Monday formally establishing a bilateral relationship between South Carolina and the Republic of Colombia in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. The signing and announcement were made during a ceremony at the South Carolina statehouse.

July 24, 2012

Zacks.com

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. recently struck a deal with Terranum Hotels to unveil a W property in Bogota, Colombia in 2014. The new hotel will feature 168 guestrooms, including 20 suites and one presidential suite, more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space along with numerous other facilities.

July 26, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia has developed into one of the premier destinations for health tourists in Latin America, said the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Tuesday. Minister Sergio Díaz-Granados claimed Colombian doctors treated nearly 4,000 patients from other countries in 2011, leading to a profit of $6 million for the year, citing figures from the Colombian Association of Medical Tourism. He also claimed that the influx of foreign patients has created thousands of jobs for Colombians in the industry.

July 26, 2012

Científicos colombianos presentan en Washington sus desarrollos tecnológicos y el impacto positivo de la propiedad intelectual
 
Washington, DC, 26 de julio de 2012. Científicos colombianos reconocidos por sus invenciones de impacto mundial estarán en Washington el 30 y 31 de julio para participar en reuniones sobre la importancia de la propiedad intelectual en el desarrollo económico y presentar sus invenciones tecnológicas y científicas.
 
El Doctor Raúl Cuero, PhD, y dos jóvenes del Parque Internacional de la Creatividad (IPOC, por sus siglas en inglés), representarán a América Latina en un panel organizado por la Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos, gracias a sus invenciones tecnológicas de punta con beneficio económico mundial. Así mismo, compartirán sus importantes contribuciones al desarrollo científico y tecnológico con los embajadores de la OEA.
 
También sostendrán encuentros en la Embajada de Colombia en Washington con representantes del Departamento de Estado de EE.UU.
 
Evento en la Cámara de Comercio
 
El primer evento en el que participarán, organizado por la Cámara de Comercio de EE.UU.,  consiste en el lanzamiento una campaña mundial que resalta el valor fundamental de la propiedad intelectual para el desarrollo de las economías innovadoras y creativas en los países.
 
El panel, el próximo 30 de julio a las 9:00 a.m., contará con innovadores internacionales que discutirán cómo la propiedad intelectual ha contribuido a convertir sus ideas innovadoras en realidades exitosas.
 
El Doctor Cuero expondrá su última invención con la NASA, una proteína que bloquea y absorbe los rayos ultravioleta, invención que representa la primera tecnología contra el calentamiento global y ha recibido por segunda vez el reconocimiento “Tech Brief”, de la NASA. El Doctor es el único hispano que recibe dos veces este reconocimiento.
 
Los jóvenes inventores del IPOC discutirán dos de sus invenciones patentadas que han realizado bajo la mentoría del Doctor Cuero: la primera, un sensor para identificar petróleo en el campo en un minuto, y la segunda, un nuevo PCR, tecnología para amplificar el ADN de 2 a 30 minutos  sin utilizar calor.
 
Estas tecnologías colombianas se han venido presentando en reconocidos eventos internacionales en China, Alemania y Austria.
 
Evento en la OEA
 
La Misión Permanente de Colombia ante la OEA y la Oficina del Secretario General Adjunto de la OEA organizaron el diálogo “Creatividad, Innovación y Propiedad Intelectual: Desafío Imperativo para el Desarrollo Económico de América Latina y el Caribe”, que se llevará a cabo el próximo martes, 31 de julio, de 10:00 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. en el Salón Miranda de la Organización de los Estados Americanos.
 
El Diálogo contará también contará la participación del reconocido científico-inventor y de los jóvenes inventores del Parque, quienes compartirán sus importantes contribuciones al desarrollo científico y tecnológico de nuestro hemisferio.  El diálogo contará también con la participarán de expertos de la Secretaría Ejecutiva para el Desarrollo Integral de la OEA.
 
Información de interés
 
Dr. Raúl Cuero PhD
Científico e inventor colombiano, quien reside en Estados Unidos hace más de 40 años y es poseedor de más de 25 invenciones de impacto mundial, la gran mayoría de ellas patentadas. Fundador y Presidente del International Park Of Creativity.
Link Oficial: www.raulcuerobiotech.com
 
International Park Of Creativity “IPOC”
Organización internacional dedicada exclusivamente a realizar invenciones de impacto mundial, mediante la formación de jóvenes científicos inventores. En la actualidad ha desarrollado 10 invenciones de impacto mundial, 6 de las cuales están patentadas en Estados Unidos.
Link Oficial: www.parquedelacreatividad.org

July 26, 2012

Embajada de Colombia

Científicos colombianos reconocidos por sus invenciones de impacto mundial estarán en Washington el 30 y 31 de julio para participar en reuniones sobre la importancia de la propiedad intelectual en el desarrollo económico y presentar sus invenciones tecnológicas y científicas.

July 27, 2012

Colombia Reports

Non-traditional Colombian exports to the United States have grown 70% since a free trade agreement between the two countries went into effect since May 15, reported Caracol Radio Friday. Colombia’s Czar of International Agreements, Hernando Jose Gomez, said the sale of domestic products that were not previously sold in large quantities to the U.S. grew from $270 million to $470 million since May, rising at steady increments of roughly $100 million per month.

July 26, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia’s elite athletes have arrived in London for what is expected to be the country’s best performance at the Olympic Games. A day before the official opening of the London Olympics, 90 of Colombia’s 104 athletes have already made their way to the Athlete’s Village. Colombia will field 58 women and 46 men across 18 sports. Colombian media have already dubbed the contingent, “The inspiration of a generation.”

July 27, 2012

Orlando Sentinel

Though normally called, simply Cartagena, the city's full name is Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena of the West Indies), as the Spanish wanted to distinguish this, one of their empire's most important Caribbean ports in South America, from the city of Cartagena in the region of Murcia by the Mediterranean in southeast Spain.

July 28, 2012

Fox News Latino

Urán, a native of Colombia’s cycling hotbed of Antioquia, has come of age in the past few years. … The 25-year old eventually made it to Europe where he rode for a Spanish team before joining Team Sky, the British squad that led Bradley Wiggins to a victory in this year’s Tour de France. Urán, who won the Young riders classification in this year’s Giro d’Italia, is the twelfth Colombian to win an Olympic medal.

July 31, 2012
July 30, 2012

Associated Press

Oscar Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia, who left the Beijing Olympics empty handed because of a hand injury, won the silver medal at the London Olympics, placing behind North Korean Kim Un Guk. Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia took bronze.

July 20, 2012
July 20, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia's Minister of Agriculture announced a $31 million plan Thursday to make animal husbandry more productive and competitive, Colombia's W Radio reported. “The political instruments launched by the agricultural ministry confirms the engagement of the national government with the agricultural sector, which has been and continues to be the fundamentalbase in the construction of competitiveness in our rural territories,” said minister Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar.

July 9, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Colombia's exports increased in May, driven by more shipments of manufacturing products. Exports have been rising steadily since early 2011. For May, exports rose 1.2% compared with a year earlier, to $5.21 billion, the government's statistics agency DANE said Monday. Exports of manufacturing products rose 16% in May.

July 9, 2012

Colombia Reports

Coffee production in Colombia has grown by 52% in June, when compared to the same month last year, the National Federation of Coffee Growers said Monday. The increase in coffee production, which jumped from 471,000 sacks in June 2011 to 714,000 sacks this year, was attributed to less rainfall and new coffee plants being harvested, Reuters news reported.

July 9, 2012

Miami Herald

Trade between Florida and Colombia was already increasing before the trade agreement was implemented, and trade promotion officials hope the treaty will push trade numbers even higher. In the first quarter of 2012, Florida exports to Colombia were up 15.9 percent to $1.42 billion and imports from Colombia grew by 22 percent to $1.1 billion. Some 39 percent of all U.S. exports to Colombia move through Florida ports.

July 12, 2012

JustLuxe

Faceted at the northern peak of South America and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea is the Colombian gem Cartagena. This historic city is as far from danger as any of the hot spots of the international glitterati. It's beaches, architectural charms and gourmet dining make it a "must-see" on the bucket list for the traveler in the know, as well as a popular port city for the luxury cruise ship crowd.

July 18, 2012

Celebración del 20 de Julio en Washington, Día de la Independencia Nacional

Washington, 17 de julio de 2012. La Embajada de Colombia ante el Gobierno de EE.UU., la Misión ante la OEA y el Consulado de Colombia en Washington celebrarán este viernes 20 de julio el Día de la Independencia Nacional en el Salón de las Américas de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) en Washington, DC.

El evento se llevará a cabo de 6:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. La dirección es:
Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA)
Salón de las Américas
17th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC. 20006
 
Las personas interesadas en asistir al evento deben dirigirse a cualquiera de estas tres entidades para obtener los pases de entrada.
Direcciones:

-Embajada de Colombia ante el Gobierno de EE.UU.
2118 Leroy Pl, NW
Washington, DC, 20008
Tel: 202-387-8338
 
-Misión de Colombia ante la OEA
1609 22nd Street, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: 2023328003
 
-Consulado de Colombia en Washington
1101 17th Street NW
Suite 1007
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.332.7476

July 16, 2012

Investment Europe

The Luxembourg-based Colombia Equity vehicle of the Medellin-based Bolsa y Renta has caught the eyes of a southern European family office and of a German insurance company, which recently agreed to be cornerstone investors. Despite such strong growth in the market, Linus Sluyter, head of business development at Bolsa y Renta, says he finds it surprising that there are almost no dedicated funds focused on Colombia. He describes the country as “one of the most progressive rising stars in Latin America.”

July 16, 2012

Wall Street Journal

The Colombian island of San Andres will begin turning solid waste into electrical power starting in September in what the country's top energy official called Monday a "landmark" project for Colombia. "Mountains of trash will be converted into electricity," Mines and Energy Minister Mauricio Cardenas said in a message on the website Twitter, while on a visit to the island, population 80,000, off the coast of Nicaragua. "San Andres will be a pioneer."

July 15, 2012

E Turbo News

When it was time for Proexport, the official tourism promotion organization for Colombia, to launch its new Internet portal, Colombia.travel, it logically saw the inherent impact that .travel would have as a marketing tool for the world tourism industry. The goal of Colombia.travel is to raise the profile of Colombia as a world tourism destination.

July 13, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia’s foreign minister promoted the country's model for compensating victims of armed conflict Thursday at the United Nations (UN) Thursday. Chairing an open debate at the UN Security Council on peace building, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said, "Our efforts should be aimed at bringing hope to the population, to provide decent living opportunities and to overcome the conditions and realities of the past.”

July 17, 2012

Times Ledger

Following the path of their parents, an East Elmhurst and Yonkers family’s new eatery — Earth, Wind & Fire Cafe — brings a common sight in Jackson Heights to Astoria. … Earth, Wind & Fire Cafe, at 31-12 23rd Ave. in Astoria, serves traditional Colombian baked goods for $4 or less. Some of the café’s specialties include pan de bono, a doughy bread made with farm fresh Colombian cheese from upstate farms and sometimes filled with jam and cheese; arepa de choclo, a baby corn-based bread with butter and cheese; empanadas, a stuffed pastry that can be fried or baked; and bunvelos, or cheese fritters.

July 16, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombiamoda – considered Latin America’s biggest fashion event – will return for its 23rd edition, showcasing influential local and international designers in front of more than 62,000 expected visitors. The fashion show, also known as Colombia’s Fashion Week, will take place from July 24 to 26 in Medellin’s Plaza Mayor, where it experienced great success in 2011.

July 16, 2012

Colombia Reports

A Colombian tourism company plans to promote the benefits of investing and travelling to Colombia at the upcoming Olympic Games in London. Proexport Colombia will occupy part of London's National Geographic store from July 19 until August 16 so that visitors can learn about tourism and business opportunities in the Andean country.

July 16, 2012

Colombia Reports

“Development, promotion and the regulation of tourism" were the goals set out by the Colombian government in a new law which came into effect July 10. According to the government, the law will reorganize the tourism sector, strengthen regional initiatives, generate employment and transform tourism into one of the pillars of Colombia's economic growth.

July 20, 2012

Fox News Latino

Throughout the world, 20 de julio or Colombian Independence from Spain is celebrated by dancing to cumbia and vallenato, toasting with our moonshine--aguardiente, as well as savoring delicacies like beef empanadas or patties, patacón pisao or fried plaintains, and arepas--corn cakes.  That’s what I remember, having marked that day, which falls 16 days after American Independence Day. This year, however, was different. Along with several dozen Colombian-American business and community leaders, I spent my 20 de julio at the White House, attending a special briefing.

July 31, 2012

Colombia Reports

Colombia’s unemployment rate reached 10% in June compared to 10.9% in the same month last year, Colombia’s national statistics agency DANE announced Tuesday. This was the lowest unemployment rate registered during that particular month since 2001, according to DANE.