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March 2019

March 4, 2019

El Heraldo

The announcement of the race was made by Ernesto Lucena, director of Coldeportes, during his intervention in the Workshop Building Country, headed by the president of Colombia, Ivan Duque. 

"The good news is that, with the excellent development of Tour Colombia 2.1 in Antioquia this year, we have collaborated with the Colombian Cycling Federation so that in 2020, honoring all cycling in Boyacá, we have this competition here in Boyacá in February 2020," said the director of Coldeportes, Ernesto Lucena, and pointed out that the goal of the entity is "to take it all over the country," in reference to the Tour.

March 3, 2019
March 6, 2019

Colombian embassy

In what would be the 92nd birthday of the Nobel laureate in literature, Gabriel García Márquez, Netflix has announced that the book One Hundred Years of Solitude will become a series.
One Hundred Years of Solitude reaches the screens through the streaming Company Netflix, which has obtained the rights to this masterpiece of universal literature. The project has the authorization and participation of the sons of the Nobel, Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia, who will act as executive producers.
Finally it will be possible to give a face to the iconic Buendía family, who has come to all parts of the world to fill the minds of their readers with magical realism.
The project fulfills the two indispensable requests of the Nobel family; to be recorded in Colombia and in Spanish. Well, according to Gabo, this was the only way in which one could really transmit what the piece means.
It is hoped that this will be the way to make other facets of the country known, and that culture and roots will take center stage worldwide.

March 13, 2019

Given the information that is circulating through some international media in which it is suggested that the National Government manipulated a video in which it is observed how a truck is burned with humanitarian aid on the Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridge, last February 23, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Migración  Colombia are allowed to clarify that:

 

The video shows only a few minutes of the more than 8 hours of recording of the incidents that occurred on the Francisco de Paula Santander and Simón Bolívar International Bridges, as a consequence of the refusal of the usurper Nicolás Maduro to let the trucks move freely with humanitarian aid. 

 

The video clearly shows that the events occurred once the trucks had entered Venezuelan territory, after the attacks by the Bolivarian National Guard against the civilian population participating in this process.

 

We would like to reiterate that the process of collecting humanitarian aid that Colombia carried out was transparent. For this reason, and guaranteeing the right to inform and be informed, we allowed the access of all the media, who so desired, to the passage of humanitarian aid through the International Bridges, during the whole day of Saturday, February 23, with which they were able to evidence, themselves, the reality of what happened.

 

The National Government does not need to manipulate videos or any information so that the world knows the injustices committed by the usurper Maduro against his own people, since more than 4 million Venezuelans who have had to leave their country can give an account of them.

 

Bogotá, March 12, 2019

March 13, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo presented to the UN Secretary General the objections made by the National Government to six of the 159 articles of the draft Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).
 

New York, March 12, 2019.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo met this Tuesday in New York with António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), to explain in detail the decision taken recently by President Ivan Duque to object to six of the 159 articles of the draft Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).
"I explained in great detail our institutional structure, in the sense that it is a faculty of the President of the Republic (...). Its purpose is for Congress to debate the articles that were objected to so that they can finally take the corresponding decisions," said the Minister.
He emphasized that "it is not, in any way, a train crash; it is about strengthening the Special Jurisdiction for Peace to guarantee the victims' rights to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition.
The head of the Foreign Relations portfolio reported that Secretary Guterres listened to his explanation with particular attention and great interest: "It is a unique opportunity to build a great institutional consensus around transitional justice. I invited him in his capacity as Secretary-General to contribute to the building of that consensus.
In statements to the media, he added that tomorrow, Wednesday, he will dialogue with the members of the UN Security Council on the same issue.
"I will explain in detail the President's decision and I will also invite you to continue supporting the implementation effort that President Duque is making," he said.
 

March 14, 2019

The President of the Republic, Iván Duque, presented the National Pavilion this Wednesday to the one hundred musicians of the Filarmónica Joven who travel to Europe in a tour of presentations.

"If we bring music to the children of our country, and we get more children to have a violin and not a rifle, we are really able to consolidate a country with peace and harmony," said the President when he received the young performers at the Casa de Nariño.

He pointed out that for Colombians "to see the Filarmónica Joven of our country arrive in Europe, in this very important circuit, is a reason for pride and admiration".

And he said to the young musicians: "Each one of you, when you have your instrument, I want you to receive today's message: we are 48 million Colombians applauding you and telling you; thank you for doing the best for this country, thank you for holding Colombia's name high.

He said he believes deeply in culture and added that this area is his obsession every day, for which the government has to be characterized by promoting creative industries.

He reiterated that "culture does not have a political color, culture is neither left nor right, nor does it have a partisan color. Culture is something that must unite us, and we must all do what we can to make it great," he said.

In presenting the Pavilion and a badge to each musician, President Duque said he felt as proud as when in the same hall he has dismissed the Olympic delegations or awarded the great Colombian sportsmen.

"You represent the best of our country. And when I say 'the best', I mean talent, I mean desire, I mean capacity, I mean charisma, emotion, the ability to transmit beyond the sonority of an instrument," he said.

The representatives of La Joven, as the orchestra is known, will perform in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, conducted by the outstanding Colombian maestro Andrés Orozco Estrada.

The musicians, aged between 16 and 24 and coming from all regions of Colombia, will offer a series of concerts from March 21 to 31.

The President of the Republic, Iván Duque, presented the National Pavilion this Wednesday to the one hundred musicians of the Filarmónica Joven who travel to Europe in a tour of presentations.

"If we bring music to the children of our country, and we get more children to have a violin and not a rifle, we are really able to consolidate a country with peace and harmony," said the President when he received the young performers at the Casa de Nariño.

He pointed out that for Colombians "to see the Filarmónica Joven of our country arrive in Europe, in this very important circuit, is a reason for pride and admiration".

And he said to the young musicians: "Each one of you, when you have your instrument, I want you to receive today's message: we are 48 million Colombians applauding you and telling you; thank you for doing the best for this country, thank you for holding Colombia's name high.

He said he believes deeply in culture and added that this area is his obsession every day, for which the government has to be characterized by promoting creative industries.

He reiterated that "culture does not have a political color, culture is neither left nor right, nor does it have a partisan color. Culture is something that must unite us, and we must all do what we can to make it great," he said.

In presenting the Pavilion and a badge to each musician, President Duque said he felt as proud as when in the same hall he has dismissed the Olympic delegations or awarded the great Colombian sportsmen.

"You represent the best of our country. And when I say 'the best', I mean talent, I mean desire, I mean capacity, I mean charisma, emotion, the ability to transmit beyond the sonority of an instrument," he said.

The representatives of La Joven, as the orchestra is known, will perform in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, conducted by the outstanding Colombian maestro Andrés Orozco Estrada.

The musicians, aged between 16 and 24 and coming from all regions of Colombia, will offer a series of concerts from March 21 to 31.

March 15, 2019

Official Presidential Page

President Ivan Duque said today that foreign investors want to come to Colombia because this country "respects private initiative and because there is a government that believes in the rule of law, in entrepreneurship to generate equity.
This affirmation was made by the President when he intervened in the closing of the General Assembly of the American Business Council (CEA), which includes U.S. firms that have been operating in Colombia for 100, 70 and 60 years.
Duque emphasized that his administration "believes in the private sector and believes with motivation. It is not like in other times, when the sense of defense of the private sector was with a shameful spirit.
"I believe in private initiative, I believe in free competition, I believe in the development of capital markets," he stressed.
He also expressed his desire to see "more Colombian companies going public. I want to see more public companies going abroad. I want to have more and more consolidated spaces and markets.
In that order of ideas, the President indicated that "we ask the Government of the United States all the support so that our products have more accessibility in that market, in shorter times", in such a way "that they allow us to consolidate more exports".
He pointed out that with the administration of President Donald Trump "not only do we share democratic values in Latin America, to denounce the outrages of the dictatorship in Venezuela, but we understand that the fight against drugs is a shared, co-responsible fight.
In this line, he indicated that the two governments must simultaneously continue "deepening a bilateral agenda, in which trade, investment, science, technology, energy, play a preponderant role.
He said that the relationship between Colombia and the United States "shows that it is structured with companies that have established their bases in Colombian territory and that already have, some, 100 years; others 75; others 50.
He noted that such companies have strengthened from that "relationship that we have historic and that is bipartisan, in the United States, and has been multi-party, in Colombia. Because we share values, the value of democracy; because we share the value of a market economy; because we understand that it is through freedoms and an economy with healthy competition that the future is built.
Finally, President Duque emphasized his intention to bring to the country companies that contribute to the generation of quality jobs.
"I will not tire of telling everyone who wants to invest in our country, with the best standards, that it has a government to facilitate and help their investment translate into more formal and decent jobs in Colombia," he said.
 
 

March 22, 2019

Official Presidential Page

Brussels, Belgium, March 20, 2019.

The North Atlantic Council approved the admission of the International Demining Center of Colombia (Cides) to the Community of Alliances Training and Education Centres of NATO (Ptec).

With this recognition, Cides of Colombia becomes the 33rd center in the world to belong to this select group, which since 1999 has played an essential role in supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by offering multiple courses and training to allies and partners.

As part of the Ptec community, Cides will contribute to the education and training of NATO nations' personnel and partners in the crucial area of humanitarian and military demining.

In 2018, the Ptec trained nearly 50,000 people and conducted about 1,300 courses. In addition, the community organized about 200 mobile training teams.

Recognition process

In October 2018, a team of multifunctional experts from NATO visited the International Demining Centre in Tolemaida, Colombia to assess their suitability for inclusion in the Alliance's Community of Training and Education Centers.

The team concluded that recognition of Cides would contribute positively to the education and training of allied personnel and NATO partners in humanitarian and military demining.

NATO dictated that Colombia can contribute this capacity in favor of peace and global security.

Finally, on March 6, 2019, it was agreed to send the Colombian proposal to the Council for final approval.

Colombia in NATO

Colombia has been a 'global partner' of NATO since 2017 and the only one of that organization in Latin America.

On October 23, President Ivan Duque met in Brussels with the Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, and one of the issues discussed was demining.

On that occasion, President Duque said that Colombia has made significant progress in this area and thanked NATO "for the support it has given us so that we can have our demining facilities certified".

March 27, 2019

Official Presidential Page

Bogotá, March 26, 2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, made this Tuesday a recognition to the mayors of the country by the way they have taken care of the challenges of the migratory crisis coming from Venezuela.

"We want to recognize the mayors of Colombia for the way they have been dealing with the challenges posed to us, at the local, regional and international levels, by the migratory crisis coming from Venezuela," said the Minister.

He added that the mayors "have responded to the demands of Venezuelan migrants by turning to their own budgets, to their own administrative organization. They have responded to these demands by appealing to the sensitivity of the inhabitants of the different cities of Colombia, which is why I want, on the name of President Duque, to give them the recognition they deserve," he said.

He stated that "the right way to face the demands of this migratory crisis is to work together in a coordinated way".

"We have made reflections on the short-term perspectives, since we must be prepared to continue attending with the same humanitarian criteria, solidarity and historical gratitude, that migratory flow that has been done so far," said the head of Colombian diplomacy.

March 28, 2019

Official Facebook Page

With Minister for Culture  Carmen Vásquez we seek to build a museum that pays tribute to the history of Afro culture in Colombia. We already started this project, today we were reunited with the Smithsonian. Let's go ahead with our Colombia Agenda": Embassador Francisco Santos