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March 2018

March 1, 2018

VII High Level Dialogue

VII High Level Dialogue Colombia - USA is chaired by the Chancellor of Colombia María Angela Holguin, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States, Thomas Shannon, and Deputy National Security Adviser, General Waddell.





The U.S. and Colombian governments have developed and formalized a deepened, multifaceted bilateral engagement through the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue – a forum which facilitates collaboration in a new and broad range of issues such as energy, science and technology, climate change and environmental protection, culture and education, social opportunities, good governance and democracy and human rights.




This forum, headed by Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, first convened in Bogotá, Colombia in October 2010. The second session was held in Washington, D.C. in May 2011. The following are examples of specific activities developed by the different high-level working groups:


Improve collaboration in the regulatory and technical development of alternatives to hydrocarbons such as shale gas and methane gas, creating synergy in initiatives within the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), sharing best practices in energy efficiency, and supporting institutional development in mining, particularly those related to security and control processes.

Science, Technology and Innovation
Identify mechanisms for cooperation and strengthening capacities on scientific areas such as: health, environment, agriculture, earth, atmosphere and space.

Biodiversity, Environmental Protection and Climate Change
Promote work in various areas, including prioritization of actions in climate change adaptation, support for the development of information systems on matters such as fisheries and forestry, and strengthening of practices in integrated forest management, incentives to prevent deforestation, and the National System of Protected Areas, among others.

Education, Culture and Sport
Encourage the advancement of joint interests through information sharing on best practices about the use of projects such as “training trainers,” increasing the number of exchange students between the two countries, and improving collaboration between Colombian institutions and community colleges in the United States, among others.

Economic and Social Opportunities
Promote and share experience in entrepreneurship, productive efficiency, mobile banking, among others.

March 6, 2018
March 23, 2018


Washington, DC –Camilo Reyes, Embajador de Colombia en Estados Unidos, agradeció hoy a los miembros del Congreso de Estados Unidos por la aprobación en el presupuesto de este país de $ 391.25 millones para apoyar una serie de iniciativas Colombianas que avanzarán en la transición del país a la paz. Esas iniciativas, que reflejan una fuerte cooperación bilateral entre Colombia y los Estados Unidos, se centran en una serie de áreas, como: educación,  desarrollo económico, capacitación militar, antiterrorismo, remoción de minas y control internacional de estupefacientes.
"Aplaudimos al Congreso y a la Administración Trump, y agradecemos a los muchos líderes de la Cámara y el Senado que apoyaron los recursos para Colombia y votaron a favor del proyecto de ley de gastos. Estos recursos demuestran la fortaleza de nuestra alianza y las prioridades de seguridad compartidas. Avanzaremos en la construcción de una paz estable y duradera en Colombia.
"Colombia es un aliado importante de Estados Unidos en América Latina. Estados Unidos puede contar con Colombia para un apoyo continuo que enfrenta los desafíos de seguridad, tanto en nuestra región como en todo el mundo. Como nación en paz, somos un socio aún más fuerte de los Estados Unidos.
"Reconocemos a los legisladores su apoyo y esperamos seguir trabajando estrechamente con el Congreso y la Administración para maximizar los beneficios de la relación entre los Estados Unidos y Colombia".
Asegurar recursos para Colombia ha sido una prioridad para la Embajada. Desde agosto de 2017, el Embajador Reyes ha tenido más de 80 reuniones con miembros del Congreso, incluso con líderes y miembros de los Comités de Asignaciones de la Cámara y el Senado, así como con los Comités de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado y de Relaciones Exteriores de la Cámara. Reyes, también ha realizado más de 30 eventos en la residencia de Colombia que han contribuido a mostrar la transformación del país y la necesidad de seguir contando con los Estados Unidos como nuestro aliado estratégico. 

March 26, 2018

Colombia Land of Sabrosura

Weeklong Celebration of Colombia’s Diversity and Unique Friendship with the United States Runs through April 22 in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. — From April 14 through April 22, 2018, festivities across Washington, D.C., will celebrate Colombia’s many diverse cultures, rhythms, colors, flavors and traditions – or sabrosura – and the enduring, ever-expanding U.S.-Colombia friendship.
“From our unique Carnival performers to the rich diversity of our artists and authors, we are excited to celebrate Colombian sabrosura here in the capital of our close friend, the United States,” said Colombian Ambassador to the United States Camilo Reyes. “We welcome visitors from near and far to come celebrate Colombian culture and friendship in Washington, D.C., next month.”
“We are proud to showcase the diversity and richness of the Colombian culture through a sample of our music, arts, design and cuisine. We hope that after experiencing a little of the Colombian sabrosura throughout the week’s events, more Americans will be ready to join the over six million travelers from around the world who visited our country last year,” said Felipe Jaramillo, President of ProColombia.
Here’s how residents of and visitors to Washington, D.C., can experience ‘Colombia: Land of Sabrosura On Tour, Washington D.C.’
Saturday, April 14, 2018, during the National Cherry Blossom Parade
Dating back to the 16th century, the Carnival is Colombia’s largest carnival celebration in the south of the country and takes place in Pasto. Colombia’s famed Carnival of Blacks and Whites will be featured in the National Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday, April 14 and will then perform at Union Market on Sunday, April 22.
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20, 2018, at The Organization of American States AMA | Art Museum of the Americas
With an exhibition of art and photography at the AMA | Art Museum of the Organization of American States (OAS), the works of Colombian women artists will be featured. This year, the OAS celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Lincoln Theatre
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Colombian artists, including Gregorio Uribe and his Big Band, along with our Carnival from Pasto, will get the party started with their music filled with tropical rhythms and a mix between Andean rhythms, champeta, rock and pop.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
(Private Event)
Thinking about the future of Colombia and its economic partnership with the United States, Colombian Government will lead a panel discussion with U.S. business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Library of Congress
2:00pm – 9:00pm
Manuscripts, first editions and one-of-a-kind pieces from some of our nation’s most iconic artists and authors will be on display this week at the Library of Congress. Pictures from the Library’s private collection and recordings of Gabriel García Márquez and Juan Gabriel Vásquez will also be available for viewing and listening.
Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Rayburn House Office Building Foyer
9:00am – 2:00pm
Capitol Hill will experience some of the flavors – including coffee, cacao and panela –that make Colombia unique and are instrumental to promoting peace. Lawmakers will learn about the success of Peace Agreement implementation and how Colombia is promoting new agricultural products to fulfill the demand for rural jobs and transform illegal crops into profitable ones.
Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Residence of the Colombian Ambassador
(Private Event)
Striking handmade products and garments crafted from unique traditional techniques define Colombian fashion, which has helped transform the lives of the Colombian women from a wide range of ethnic groups. In partnership with LATIN CURATED, 13 Colombian designers will dress 13 women from the Washington social, cultural and diplomatic worlds in a fashion showcase of innovative design and unparalleled quality.
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20, 2018, at Tudor Place
Colombia is the second most biologically diverse country on Earth and is home to about 10 percent of all kinds of the world’s species. Through a display of its most iconic flower, the orchid, at Tudor Place, Colombia’s rich biodiversity will be on display. The weeklong exhibition will feature photographs from the historic Humboldt expedition along with a multimedia exhibition by Orquideas. The Ambassador and his wife will visit the exhibition on the morning of Friday, April 20.
Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Union Market
After being featured in the National Cherry Blossom Parade on April 14, Carnival performers will turn Union Market into Colombia’s famed Carnival of Blacks and Whites on Sunday, April 22.