The Washington Diplomat
This could very well be the year Colombians mark the end of Latin America's longest-running guerrilla war — a nearly 50-year-old conflict between the government and Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebels that has left hundreds of thousands dead and countless millions displaced from their homes. Carlos Urrutia, Bogotá's ambassador in Washington, says peace talks now under way offer Colombia's best chance in decades to negotiate a settlement to end the bloodshed once and for all.
New figures from Colombia's government statistics agency, DANE, showed a 9% increase in imports during the first two months of 2013 as compared to the same period last year. Despite the 9% increase, DANE reported that the country spent 0.7% less on imports in February than they did in February 2012.
Wall Street Journal
The Andean city has become an international entertainment center. Shop at Mario Hernandez for chic leather bags, walk around La Candelaria and dine at Club Colombia for hearty soups and arepas.
Colombia and the United States on Friday signed the Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA) to facilitate heightened cooperation on issues where the environment and trade intersect. Juan Gabriel Uribe of Colombia's environment and sustainability ministry, together with Robert D. Hormats, U.S. under-secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, signed the U.S. - Colombia ECA in Washington D.C.
Two top businesswomen in Colombia, a country that has just over 50% of its women in the workforce, told Colombia Reports that they attribute their success to hard work and commitment. Although gender equality is far from a reality in Colombia, a number of Colombian women have defied the stereotypes and risen to highly regarded positions in business.
The Colombian Caribbean port of Cartagena is undergoing improvements to its infrastructure to become one of the world’s 30 best megaports by 2017. The nearly US$1 billion “Mega 2017” project is a two-stage process in which the port’s facilities will be upgraded and expanded so it can double the amount of cargo containers it can handle by the end of the year – putting it on the same level as the ports in the U.S. cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach and New York.
Wall Street Journal
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.
Come to Colombia for the coffee, tropical climate and charming people; stay for the arepas, fresh fruit, abundant seafood, breakfast soups and powerful liquor.
Top British and Colombian officials on Monday celebrated a new partnership that promises to strengthen ties in higher education, science and business. Colombia’s recent economic transformation, coupled with better security and a prospect for peace has ushered in a wave of trade interest from other countries. A British mission led by Minister of Universities and Science David Willetts brought optimism for Colombia’s future, as well as prospects for increased trade between the two nations.
A coastal country with deserts and mountains between its borders, Colombia draws the adventurous tourist with its varied terrain. Bocagrande beach in Cartagena is popular with kitesurfers during the warm season, which lasts from December till April.
Bogota, the capital city. Pereira, in the heart of the coffee-growing region. And Cartagena, the coastal walled city. Three different cities, clearly representing the range of contrasts that makes Colombia so fascinating.
Colombia’s foreign debt rating was raised to the second-lowest investment grade by Standard & Poor’s as economic growth increased tax revenue and peace talks with rebels boosted investor confidence.
Fox News Latino
Colombia is a beautiful country, a land of lush rainforest, dusty vistas, rocky mountain ranges and tropical coast. Each of these geographic regions is proud of what it’s known for, be it quality hammocks, emerald jewelry, hand-knotted mochilas or hormigas culonas, giant roasted ants which, with the exception of legs and antenna, taste just like salted peanuts.
Latin American Herald Tribune
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.
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.
Fonseca took Times Square by surprise this Thursday by performing for hundreds of visitors that walked the streets of New York City. The Colombian artist gathered flash mob-style in the city’s most popular section to play for the public.
Fresh Fruit Portal
The formation of CORPOHASS marks an important milestone for Colombia in the avocado industry, as it moves from domsetically focused sales to the international market. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the country was the world’s fifth largest producer of the fruit in 2011 with 215,322 metric tons (MT), slightly ahead of Peru at the time and 60,631MT behind the fourth ranked grower Indonesia.
Leading illustrators from around the world on Thursday gathered in Bogota for the Fig.03 International Illustrators Conference. The three day festival is Colombia’s chance to get to know the people responsible for those disturbing, enlightening and poetic images that fill up our everyday lives from books, magazines, posters, walls, clothes, and computer screens.
Artisphere y el Centro Cultural del BID presentan al grupo colombiano de música llanera Cimarrón
El centro de artes Artisphere y el centro cultural del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo presentan al grupo de música fusión llanera nominado al Grammy, Cimarrón, el viernes 5 de abril a las 8:00 pm en el Artisphere Center. El grupo estará promocionando su álbum Cimarrón, Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia, de la casa disquera Smithsonian Folkways. Esta es la primera gira del grupo en Estados Unidos desde su presentación en el Folklife Festival de Washington D.C. en el 2011.
El grupo musical Cimarrón, compuesto por 7 músicos, está dirigido por el arpista y compositor Carlos Rojas. La banda se ha ganado el reconocimiento de los admiradores de la música llanera y representa una de las más emocionantes expresiones de la música regional latinoamericana.
Su álbum Sí soy llanero, apoyado por el Smithsonian Folkways, fue nominado en el 2005 para el premio Grammy. En el 2011, ganaron el premio a la música independiente por Mejor Álbum Latino y el iTunes Rewind Album Mundial Tradicional del año.
Embassy of Colombia
El centro de artes Artisphere y el centro cultural del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo presentan al grupo de música fusión llanera nominado al Grammy, Cimarrón, el viernes 5 de abril a las 8:00 pm en el Artisphere Center.
With Colombia’s growing livestock industry, there is an increased demand for U.S. animal feed products. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) encourages agricultural companies to register now for a focused trade mission to Colombia, July 11-15. “With the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement in place, Colombia is a desirable destination for Midwest feed, feed ingredient, livestock genetics and agricultural equipment exports,” said Enrique Gandara, an economic development consultant with DATCP’s International Trade Team. “The Midwest is strategically located to be a source for Colombia’s livestock industry, one of the largest in South America.”
Apart from holding key positions within local and foreign companies in Latin America, women are also playing an important role promoting business. Colombia is a particularly interesting case. According to business newspaper Portafolio, there are currently 15 business associations that are headed up by female leaders. Colombia is also the country that has the second-most entries on the ranking of Latin America's Top 100 Businesswomen.
Colombia, at one point in time, was more known for drug trafficking rather than its economic prowess, but that reputation is slowly changing as the nation continues to post strong economic growth numbers. The GDP data is even more impressive in light of the struggles the Western world has been experiencing.
Luxury Travel Magazine
Luis German Restrepo, the U.S. Executive Director of Proexport Colombia, tells us why Colombia is a hot destination right now.
Bogota's Museum of Contemporary Art has joined Google's innovative online interactive gallery, Google Art Project. "It was a challenge for us and now it is a great achievement to be included in Google Art Project. We are aware of the wide global audience that the project attracts and we are proud to be part of a collection of the best museums in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia and to be the third in the country to join," said museum director Gustavo Ortiz.
After almost a year of having signed the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, and in a follow-up report of such agreement, the Department of Commerce of the United States announced a ten percent growth in trade between both countries. Colombia exported goods to the United States for an amount close to 24,700 million dollars, a figure never before reached.
Colombia's oil production in March exceeded 1 million barrels in spite of continuing rebel attacks against Colombia's energy infrastructure. The information released by the Colombian ministry of mining and energy shows Colombia's crude oil production in March averaged 1,013,481 barrels per day.
Wall Street Journal
State-owned copper mining company Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile, or Codelco, signed an agreement Tuesday with Colombia's Ministry of Mines and Energy that paves the way for the world's largest copper producer to enter the Colombian mining sector. Codelco, the world's largest copper producer accounting for about 11% of annual global output, mines the industrial metal only domestically and in small exploration ventures in the region.
United Nations Development Programme
Since 2010, Colombia has been taking steps to reduce the substances that harm the environment and deplete the ozone layer, which protects humanity from more than 90 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. As of 1 January 2013, the initiative – done in partnership between the Government of Colombia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – has resulted in the complete elimination in the use of hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) in the manufacturing of refrigerators domestically.
Los Angeles Times
Nohra Padilla spent her childhood at a garbage dump here in Colombia’s capital before going on to organize the city’s poor recyclers. Now the activist, who travels the world giving talks about waste management, has won one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes. Padilla is a 2013 winner of the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize, which comes with a $150,000 cash award, the group announced Monday.
Two-time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca was full of optimism at the launch of a Colombia tourism campaign in Times Square and refused to let the Boston marathon tragedies disturb his performance. The campaign is designed to project a positive image of Colombia and attract business and tourism to the country.
"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."