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March 2013

March 4, 2013

Colombia Reports

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.

March 1, 2013


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

March 4, 2013
March 5, 2013


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.

March 8, 2013


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.

March 11, 2013

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.

March 10, 2013

Columbia Spectator

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.

March 8, 2013

Prensa Latina

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.

March 6, 2013

U.S. Department of Defense

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.

March 6, 2013


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.

March 13, 2013

Wilson Center

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.”

March 14, 2013
March 19, 2013

Wisconsin State Journal

Omar Lopez knows good coffee when he tastes it and when his family grows it. "I am from the coffee region of the Andes Mountains in Colombia known as 'El Eje Cafetero,' or the coffee core. This is where the finest Colombian coffee is produced," Lopez says. Lopez is co-owner of Café Social, a coffee distribution business with offices in Madison and Colombia.

March 18, 2013


Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced today that the second trip for FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue in Colombia began with a free screening at a binational center in Medellín. The trip will continue through March 23 with free film screenings of eight different films, panel discussions, artist roundtables, events at Javeriana University, Casa de la Cultura de Ciudad Bolivar and Antioquia University as well as guided discussions with filmmakers Nancy Buirski and Jeff Orlowski.

March 20, 2013
March 21, 2013

Electric Light and Power

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded Colombia's power grid operator XM a grant for the design of an intelligent supervision and advanced control (iSAAC) system for the nation's grid. USTDA has awarded a US$463,944 subsidy to help design and implement the smart grid system, which will increase XM's ability to reliably meet electricity demand and respond in real time to adverse events, XM said in a statement.

March 21, 2013

Huffington Post

From March 20 to the 24, Tribeca Cinemas, the house of Robert De Niro, hosts the first Colombian Film Festival in New York City. A dozen films, eight documentaries and plenty of talent will be bringing to life on the big screen some of our stories with grace and honesty while showcasing the promising evolution of Colombian cinema to the world. That is in itself quite an achievement.

March 22, 2013

Colombian Artist Mateo López’s “A Trip from Here to There” on Display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art
Washington, DC – Colombian artist Mateo López’s exhibition “A Trip from Here to There” is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The exhibition, which began on March 15, is inspired by a two-year trip the artist made throughout Colombia, from Bogotá to Cali to Medellín. The artist made drawings of ordinary objects he encountered while he walked and wandered all around the country. His works include maps and charts, collages of impressions and graphs of explored terrain.
Mateo López is an architect from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and has an arts degree at the Universidad de los Andes. He was selected by the famous South African artist William Kentridge as his protégé for the 2012-2013 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which gives exceptional young talents the opportunity to work with a master in their field for a year. In addition, he has been selected to exhibit his works throughout the world, including in the United States, Spain and London.
Colombian Ambassador to the United States Carlos Urrutia visited the exhibition during a trip to New York on March 20, accompanied by Jay A. Levenson, Director of the International Program at MoMA and the exhibition’s curator Luis Pérez Oramas.

March 25, 2013

Prensa Latina

Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin will attend the Fourth meeting of the United Nations' High Level Panel scheduled in Bali, aimed at collecting proposals for the new post-2015 global development agenda.

March 29, 2013

Associated Press

Wisconsin agricultural producers have a shot at a growing market with an upcoming trade mission to Colombia. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is organizing a trip to the South American nation in mid-July.

March 26, 2013

Business Insider

About 1.8 million visitors went to Colombia in 2011, the last year for which tourism info is available — about 7.3 percent more than the previous year. And about 11 percent of those tourists visit Cartagena, a charming city on the northern coast of Colombia.