September 4, 2018- News Clips - The  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia is Travelling to the United States on Wednesday, September 5th,  for Meetings on Bilateral Agenda

Washington, DC – The The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo, will hold a three-day agenda in DC. Meetings include senior officials of the Administration of President Trump, the United States Congress, and Think Tanks.

The meetings will focus on strengthening the U.S.-Colombia alliance and reaffirming both countries’ commitment to continue and enhance our close cooperation in counter-narcotics efforts, economic issues and security.  Minister Trujillo will also discuss the central role played by Colombia in helping to foster and achieve security and stability in Latin America, in the light of challenges, such as those posed by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Among the highlighted meetings are the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees and the House’s State and Foreign Operations Sub Committee.

Minister Trujillo will also meet with the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, in order to examine and review the latest events pertaining to the situation in Venezuela.

On Friday, Sep. 7th, closing the agenda, the Minister will participate in an open discussion at the Inter-American Dialogue, moderated by Michael Shifter, President of The Dialogue.

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August 28, 2018- News Clips - Press release on the decision of Colombia to denounce the Constitutive Treaty of UNASUR

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Colombia, is allowed to publicly inform that today it was filed before the General Secretariat of UNASUR, the communication notifying the decision of the Republic of Colombia to report the Constitutive Treaty of the Union of South American Nations, signed on May 23, 2008 in Brasilia and renounce its status as a member state of the organization.
This decision, which is based on Article 24 of the Constitutive Treaty, will take effect for the Republic of Colombia six months after the filing date of the communication that was delivered today.
The Union of South American Nations was created on May 23, 2008 in Brasilia, Brazil, as a concertation and integration mechanism that seeks to develop a South American space integrated in political, social, economic, environmental and infrastructure terms. It brings together the 12 countries of South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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August 23, 2018- News Clips - Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo made an official visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York

On Thursday, August 23, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo made an official visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York, in order to hold meetings with senior officials of the Organization and members of the Security Council.
Chancellor Trujillo's agenda includes a meeting with the General Secretary of the United Nations, António Guterres; and another one with the President-elect of the General Assembly of the Organization, María Fernanda Espinosa; a working lunch with the ambassadors and permanent representatives of the 15 member countries of the Security Council; and a meeting with the ambassadors and permanent representatives of the 5 countries that, within the scheme of rotation of Nonpermanent Members of this Council, begin their term as of January 1, 2019.
This visit, the first one made by Foreign Minister Trujillo to the UN since his inauguration as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, is part of a series of activities undertaken in order to advance the process of consolidating Colombia's international agenda, and seeks to share with the Organization the vision of the Government of President Iván Duque in thematic areas of priority interest for our country.

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August 20, 2018- News Clips - President Ivan Duque, informed that the arrest was made in the north of the country and he noted that the shock plan ‘Whoever does the crime, pays the time', adopted a few days ago, is advancing.

The National Police arrested Juan Carlos Castro, a.k.a. 'Pichi', in Tolú, department of Sucre, accused of being the main ringleader of the criminal group called 'The Office', as well as overseeing drug trafficking networks in the department of Antioquia, informed President Iván Duque.
The President highlighted that this capture is another achievement of the shock plan ‘Whoever does the crime, pays the time' launched a few days ago by the National Government.
"I inform the country that the National Police in Tolú, Sucre, captured Juan Carlos Castro, aka 'Pichi' today, the main head of 'The Office' and responsible for criminal and drug trafficking in the Aburrá Valley. We’re moving forward in the shock plan #ElQueLaHaceLaPaga (Whoever does the crime, pays the time)', the Head of State announced on his Twitter account.
In another trill, he thanked 'all the men and women of the @PoliciaColombia (National Police) for this important operation' “Jaguar Phase III”, within the framework of the shock plan #ElQueLaHaceLaPaga' and added that 'this result will contribute to providing more peace to the citizenry of the Valley of Aburrá '.
In the afternoon in Medellín, the Minister of Defense, Guillermo Botero; the Director-General of the Police, Jorge Hernando Nieto; and the mayor of Medellín, capital of Antioquia, Federico Gutiérrez, gave a press conference during which they provided further details of the operation.
"For us it is great news. Here we are fulfilling a promise by the President, which was to deactivate all the criminal activities of The Office during the course of his government, and sooner rather than later, , "said Minister Botero.
Meanwhile, the Director of the National Police, Gen. Jorge Hernando Nieto, said that a.k.a. 'Pichi' was a trusted accomplice of, and successor to, [The Office’s previous crime boss] a.k.a. 'Tom', who was recently captured, and had an outstanding arrest warrant for the crime of aggravated conspiracy.
According to Nieto, ‘precisely in this shock plan, “Whoever does the crime, pays the time”, security with legality, these results are given with all the institutional and inter-institutional capacity," adding that "we are duplicating all efforts to continue weakening all these structures.’
According to the Police, Juan Carlos Castro had been designated by Juan Carlos Mesa Vallejo, a.k.a. 'Tom' or 'Carlos Chata', as responsible for the organization's activities and for maintaining various alliances for purposes of international cocaine trafficking.
Castro is the main leader of the [self-titled] Collegiate Group The Office, to which 70 percent of the crime in the metropolitan area of the Aburrá Valley is attributed, by virtue of its articulation and control of six out of 10 designated Integrated Crime organizations (ODIN).

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August 17, 2016- News Clips - Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Colombian President Ivan Duque August 17 in Bogota to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between United States and Colombia.  

The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, and the Secretary thanked the president for his country’s efforts to optimize the implementation of the peace accord. 

The secretary also thanked Colombia for its work regionally to denounce undemocratic actions — especially those in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

The leaders agreed to continue close military partnership so that long-lasting security and stability are possible in the country.

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August 16, 2018- News Clips - Secretary Mattis travels to South America Source:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis embarks Sunday, Aug. 12 on his first trip to South America while leading the Department of Defense.
The White House declared 2018 the “Year of the Americas,” and the Secretary’s trip underscores the Department’s strong defense ties with Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. These relationships are critical to a collaborative, prosperous and secure Western hemisphere.
Secretary Mattis will begin his trip in Brazil, where he will meet with senior officials and defense leaders. He will also speak at the Escola Superior de Guerra, the country’s war college, and visit the national monument to Brazilian service members killed in World War II.
Secretary Mattis will then visit Argentina, where he will meet with senior defense officials to discuss defense issues of mutual interest.
His third stop is Chile to exchange strategic perspectives with senior officials.
Secretary Mattis concludes his trip in Colombia, where he will meet members of the newly elected administration.

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August 15, 2018- News Clips - New Cabinet

Duque appointed a cabinet consisting largely of known technocrats, with the same number of women and men.
Minister of Agriculture: Andrés Valencia
Minister of Defense: Guillermo Botero
Minister of Finance: Alberto Carrasquilla
Minister of Interior: Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism: José Manuel Restrepo
Minister of Foreign Affairs:Carlos Holmes Trujillo
Minister of Mines and Energy: María Fernanda Suárez
Minister of Transport: Angel María Orozco
Minister of Environment: Ricardo Lozano
Minister of Housing: Jonathan Malagón
Minister of Culture: Carmen Vásquez
Minister of Work: Alicia Arango
Minister of Justice: Gloria María Borrero
Minister of Technology: Silvia Constain
Minister of Education: María Victoria Angulo
Minister of Health: Juan Pablo Uribe

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August 15, 2018- News Clips - The Pact for COLOMBIA

Possession’s speech of the President of the Republic of Colombia

Iván Duque Márquez

August 7th, 2018

"Today from this majestic square that bears the name of our Liberator Simón Bolívar, I want to thank God and the Colombian people for giving me the honor of leading the destiny of the Homeland.

Today a new generation comes to the Presidency of Colombia, motivated by service and not by the vain exercise of power, committed to the future and without anchors in the prejudices of the past, inspired by social justice and security as the foundation of our liberties, and dedicated to promoting understanding, teamwork and building consensus.

It is a generation called to govern free of hatred, revenge, pettiness and with the mandate of millions of compatriots to make our country a large land where the symbols of our tricolor take back their meaning.

On one occasion, the famous Darío Echandía wondered: “Power? What for?” His eloquent humility was an invitation to reflect and not forget that governing is a path that only leaves legacies when it is based on principles. Without principles diplomacy is hypocrisy, without principles democracy leads to anarchy, politics without principles is transformed into corruption and unprincipled power quickly mutates to authoritarianism.

I want to govern Colombia with unbreakable values and principles, overcoming the divisions of left and right, overcoming with the popular dialogue the hirsute feelings that invite the social fracture, I want to govern Colombia with the spirit of building, never of destroying.


This commitment that I assume today is based on our history. Next year we will be celebrating the Bicentennial of the independence of Colombia and the full birth of the republican identity of the Nation.

This will be the government of the Bicentennial and we will all build the Colombia of the Bicentennial, for which beyond the traditional celebrations we must make deep reflections on our past and our future.

The Bicentennial should lead us to remember how our Fathers of the Nation were able to leave their egos to forge a common purpose. The indelible imprint of Bolivar, Santander, Sucre, Córdoba, Urdaneta, like the brave lancers who became bigger in the battle of Boyacá to give us freedom, must reaffirm how great we are and can be when we have shared objectives.

When we unite as people nothing stops us. When we all contribute, we are capable of realizing our own prowess that not even magical realism can imagine.

The past also teaches us that dogmatisms can lead to great failures. The independence dawn was overshadowed by the “Patria Boba” (The Foolish Nation), and during several decades of the Republic the wars between brothers that left pain and death, and the quarrels of the small policy brought institutional instability and delays in the development process.

The history of Colombia makes it clear that we are a brave, industrious nation that does not subside at the first sound. And no matter how great the adversities, our desire to progress is even greater.

I never tire of saying that Colombia is RESILIENCE. We have been able to build a vigorous and diverse productive apparatus in the middle of three mountain ranges and difficult slopes, until we become an impetuous economy whose potential does not cease to be recognized in the whole world. We have been able to reduce poverty, expand the middle class and increase health and education coverage. Impossible to forget are the courage and fervor of our Military and Police Forces that have faced the cruelty of criminals, the anarchy of terrorism and the greed of drug trafficking, emerging victorious and demonstrating that the violent will never win.

But analyzing the past must be the opportunity to recognize that many problems grew, did not have timely solutions and repeatedly were transformed into terrible threats. This happened with the neglect of many regions, with drug trafficking, with corruption, with patronage, with the lack of access to public goods in many communities.

Being a resilient nation that knows how to transform adversities into opportunities is the reason why we must take advantage of the Bicentennial to correct the past and build the future. There can be no selfishness. Governing Colombia requires greatness to keep everything that works correct everything that is necessary and build new initiatives, institutions and programs that will assure our country a future of SOCIAL JUSTICE.


Today more than ever we have to be able to look at our Nation with optimism without stopping facing reality and calling things by their name. We Colombians have enormous challenges.

We received a convulsed country. More than 300 social leaders have been killed in the last two years, illicit crops have expanded exponentially in recent years, criminal gangs increase their damage capacity in several regions of the country, promises and commitments have been made with social organizations without ensuring their financing.

We have to return the value to the word of the State. The disorganized creation of agencies and programs is increasing citizen distrust and the frustration of those who deserve to benefit with these initiatives, including victims and regions hit by violence.

In economic matters, there are mistakes that have been made and that we must amend. A tax policy motivated by the expansion of spending has led us to asphyxiating burdens and savings; investment, formalization and productivity are affected.

The mistake of having expanded permanent expenditures based on the illusion of a transitory oil bonanza, and then trying to substitute oil for taxes, affected employment generators and consumers.

The amount of cumbersome procedures and the proliferation of regulations, added to the legal instability due to abrupt regulatory changes and have brought negative effects on the business climate of several sectors that are necessary for our present and our future.

We are hurt by the constant scandals of corruption in school feeding, in the health system, in infrastructure projects, in the abuses of direct hiring or in the dangerous cartels which have delegitimized the State, squandered scarce public resources, deny to thousands of citizens the essential services and deserve our immediate action.


Knowing how to value what we are and have been as a country is the basis for building a better future. Be honest: knowing how to call things by their name and address challenges with optimism and commitment is what we have to do. This must be our goal for the coming years. I invite all of us to build a great pact for Colombia, to build a country, to build a future and to place the things that unite us above the differences.

It is not about thinking the same, it is not about unanimity, and it is not about eluding the healthy discrepancies of ideas that enrich democracy. It is about being able to give life to the necessary consensus so that we are a big, solid and secure nation.

I have always said and will continue saying: Solutions and No Aggressions.

I want to be the President who forges and achieves those agreements thinking what Colombia needs without falling into the temptation of temporary applause.


That is the foundation of thinking about an Agreement for Legality. I want a Colombia where we can all build peace, where those fallacious divisions between friends and enemies of peace end, because we all want it. For the respect to Colombia and for the citizen mandate that we receive, we will deploy corrective measures to assure the victims truth, proportional justice, reparation and not repetition. We will also correct structural failures that have become evident in the implementation. The victims must expect that there will be moral, material and economic reparation on the part of their victimizers and that they will not be attacked by impunity.

I believe in the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of the guerrilla base. Many of them were forcibly recruited or separated from their environment by the intimidation of weapons. I am convinced and committed to searching for the base of these organizations, productive opportunities and ensuring their protection. We will also strive for the provision of public goods in all regions of the country, beginning with those that have been hit by violence.

Colombians, Peace must be built by all and for that we must be clear about the importance of having a culture of legality based on the Rule of Law. Only a society where security and justice guarantee the application of the law, manages to defeat violence.

The time has come to prevent the illegal armed groups that kidnap and traffic drugs from earning profits by mimicking their crimes with ideological causes. We must simply make it clear that from now in our Constitution, drug trafficking and kidnapping are not crimes related to political crime or legitimate mechanisms to finance and promote any cause. Today I serve Colombia and I will take this initiative before the Congress of the Republic.

Building Peace requires us to defeat the drug cartels that threaten different parts of the territory. We will be effective in the eradication and substitution of illicit crops by the hand of the communities, in the implementation of productive projects and in breaking the logistic and supply chains of drug trafficking structures. We will not allow the "dissidents", the "combos", the "clans", the so-called "offices" to continue doing theirs on the Pacific Coast, in our borders and in our more remote regions. We will ensure the effective sanction of those who intend to re-offend or mock the victims by hiding weapons or resources necessary for reparation.

As commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and in collaboration with the judicial authorities, we will act throughout the national territory to dismantle the organized crime networks and bring them before the courts, asserting the premise: The one who does it, pays for it.

I thank many countries that have supported us and we will be with the United States in the fight against transnational crime.

During the first 30 days of our government, we will carry out a responsible, prudent and complete evaluation of the conversations process that has been carried out with the ELN for 17 months. We are going to meet with the United Nations, the Catholic Church and the countries that have been supporting this process, so that in the framework of the independence and the institutionally of the State, share with us the balance about it. I want to make clear that a credible process must be based on the total cessation of criminal actions, with strict international supervision, and defined times. We want to move forward but the Colombian people will not tolerate violence being legitimized as a way to press the State.

Legality implies that we work for citizen security. That we have mechanisms to locate the crime, that we dismantle structures, that we persecute the dealers that induce the children to the tragedy of the drug, that we sanction with life imprisonment to the pimps, to the "Madames", to the rapists and murderers of minors and of women and that we concentrate on the prevention of crime. Legality means that we form a society of values, that from an early age we form civic, urban and respect to sow in the citizens an ethical wall that complements the teachings of the home.

I want to invite you to build together the legality facing corruption with all our strength. I promised Colombia that as President I would assume that task with enthusiasm and today I announce that we are going to empower the citizens to denounce the corrupt and that they know that we are all watching them and we are going to point them out.

We will harden the sentences for the corrupt and we will apply to them that they do not enjoy house by jail nor reduction of penalties, we are going to sanction severely to companies, owners and managers that corrupt officials, prohibiting their contracting with the State, we are going to promote the specifications in all the contracts of the state entities, limit to no more than three periods the presence in collegiate bodies of popular election, make imprescriptible the crimes against the public administration and make the publication of the income statement of all the officials a constitutional duty. Today, with pleasure and motivation, I present this anti-corruption package to the country and Congress because the defense of public ethics belongs to everyone and together we have to achieve it.

The path of legality demands that we achieve between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary a reform to the Justice that makes it more efficient, closer to the citizen, more reliable and that allows us to timely guarantee the rights of all Colombians.

The reform to the Justice does not wait, because the judicial delay, the jail overcrowding, the endless processes, the precarious technology with which our offices operate, the risks of corruption and in many cases the lack of transparency and procedural and evidentiary coherence, they are eating away collective hope.

Legality also means improving the conditions of the Public Force, providing quality access to goods and services, and establishing the Veteran's Law in Congress that will result in greater well-being for our heroes. Also give the soldiers and police a serious and rigorous institutional and legal framework so that they can fulfill their constitutional duty in strict adherence to Human Rights, feeling the affection of an entire people. As our Father of the Fatherland Francisco de Paula Santander would say "a country that knows how to honor its heroes, is a country that knows how to shape its future".

Legality means defending the lives of all Colombians and protecting the integrity of political and social leaders and our journalists. Every murder hurts, every attack, every threat. We will work with the Ombudsman's Office, the Attorney General's Office and the Prosecutor's Office to prevent violence against them and sanction exemplarily the intellectual and material authors of the crimes and intimidations that have mourned our country. This task belongs to everyone. Of all, and all Colombians, we must reject any form of violence that seeks to silence the free voices of our compatriots.

That legality built by the marriage of security and justice guarantees us the balance that is carved on our shield with the words FREEDOM AND ORDER.


Just as we value legality, the time has come to make entrepreneurship the basis of our economic and social progress. Colombia must be a country where micro, small, medium and large companies progress in a sustainable manner to generate quality jobs. That is why we will launch a program of economic reactivation that allows us, with fiscal responsibility, to have a tax system and productive development oriented to investment, savings, formalization, productivity and the competitiveness of our economy.

Eliminating unnecessary expenses, making the public administration more efficient, adopting electronic invoicing and better control systems, in addition to making the tax system more efficient, progressive and equitable, we will achieve the goal of increasing collection while lowering taxes on job generators and we will improve the income of the workers.

I will implement all the structural reforms that are required to ensure the fiscal sustainability of the Nation and we will propose to consolidate a potential growth superior to 4 percent of the GDP.

Our economy must be strengthened every day. We are going to eliminate unnecessary procedures and make existing ones more expeditious, we are going to put an end to absurd regulations that expand the bureaucratic pilgrimage and create incentives for corruption. We are committed to legal security. and that Colombia is a country with the best regional conditions for the creation of new ventures where technology, services, B-companies, creative industries, tourism, agribusiness, among others, are milestones in growth.

All the productive sectors of the country must feel sure that there will be no hostility in my government that prevents them from growing and making Colombia grow.

In our government, we will diversify our production and our exports so that, in addition to manufacturing, we also reduce dependence on raw materials, adding value and positioning our

brands, designs and quality stamps. I want the young people of Colombia to listen to this with attention: We are committed to promoting the Orange Economy so that our actors, artists, producers, musicians, designers, publicists, jewelers, playwrights, photographers and digital animators conquer markets, improve their income, undertake successfully, position your talent and attract the eyes of the world.

Our vision of entrepreneurship is thought for the development of the field, stimulating that the small producers are integrated to the agro-industrial development. I want a dynamic investment field, triggered by incentives to generate permanent employment, a field backed by a foreign trade policy that opens markets and where we can apply effective instruments to the predatory practices of many competitors. A country that trusts its farmers, its producers and allows them to open up to the world, not only achieves food security, but also turns its fields into an engine of social transformation.

Colombians must complete the necessary infrastructure works for competitiveness, create the conditions for a greater investment in connectivity, assess the mining-energy sector and facilitate a better use of royalties for social investments, better compensating the producing regions in strict social and environmental responsibility.

The Colombia of entrepreneurship, the Colombia of business development, is the same that must look affectionately at the cooperative sector and all micro and small entrepreneurs who demand facilities, good treatment and less pressure from the State. Enough with the State that looks at micro, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs as a source of resources, today the State must see in them a strategic ally for the generation of quality of life.

A society of entrepreneurs allows us to see beyond the obvious. It allows us to be creators and not simply consumers of the ingenuity of others. It allows us to think big, to have multinationals born in our territory. It allows us to aspire to be the regional epicenter of robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, biotechnology and integrated data analysis. Colombia must enter this path, to be a decisive player in the fourth industrial revolution. I want that Colombia for our young people and we are going to create the conditions to achieve it. It is true that it will take time, but the time has come to begin.


The final purpose of legality and entrepreneurship is EQUITY. You have to defeat the exclusion. Colombia must reduce the gaps between rich and poor, eliminate the distances between regions that touches development and others that feel trapped in exclusion and misery, defeat the lack of access to public goods of many communities and propose to end extreme poverty in the coming years. I want our government to be remembered as the government of social justice, I want our government to be remembered for working for equity.

Equity is not generated by decree, even less in the pernicious illusions of populism that has caused havoc in several countries of the region. Equity arises from a country that generates a harmonious relationship between employers and employees, from a country that stimulates labor formalization and that provides education, health, culture, sports, housing, mobility, security and public services to the population in need.

To build equity we have to look towards the Pacific, towards our indigenous communities, towards the Orinoquía, towards the Amazon and towards many places of the territory hit by violence, by corruption, by the institutional abandonment of the State. We will be in all these regions acting with social dialogue and making decisions that allow us to correct the mistakes of the past. Social protest is a right and a mechanism of social expression but cannot be above the rights of other citizens. I understand the frustrations of so many Colombians but if we work effectively in social dialogue, identifying viable solutions, we will be more effective and constructive with the country.

Our equity agenda addresses education with a comprehensive approach to early childhood, expansion of the single journey with double feeding, promotion of training for employment and double degree, expansion of the free university for the most vulnerable and assessment of our teachers . Education will be the engine of social change that we are going to leave to our country.

My father and my grandfather were children of the Public University and I want to see it strengthen with academic excellence.

Equity requires us to face the health crisis as a priority. To clean up the system financially, denounce and defeat corruption, depoliticize public hospitals, incorporate the quality of service as an element of remuneration and sanction to the EPS, in addition to a system of prevention and effective promotion are flags that we assume with impetus. In our government, health will be focused on the patient and his quality of life. Equity means that we improve the conditions of the elderly, that we make workers' rights effective, that we make a sustainable pension reform that allows us to allocate subsidies to the poorest, and that we make housing programs the access road to property as a saving factor in Colombian families. Equity is to address and include the disabled population in access to opportunities and that ethnic minorities take visible leadership roles in government, the private sector and social sectors.

Equity is also the responsibility that as a society we have to serve our Venezuelan brothers as migrants and today they knock our doors.

Equity is to give life to Sports and Culture as means for talent to be translated into progress. We will value our ancestral heritage, our traditions, our Afro-descendant literature, our indigenous languages, and our folklore, to make culture a vehicle of social cohesion.


A country built on legality, entrepreneurship and equity, demands that we commit ourselves to the environment. In the next four years we will strengthen the National Environmental System, exponentially increase renewable energy sources, promote the massive use of electric vehicles, implement a national strategy against deforestation and create a collective culture of protection of our páramos, our sources of water, our biodiversity, while we become more conscious of reducing the individual carbon footprint. We will be a country that applies to all the productive sectors the idea of unequivocal respect to the environment under the premise of producing conserving, conserving producing.

The same must happen with Science, Technology and Innovation. We cannot see how we are lagging behind the world. We are going to revive the Committee of Wise Men created in the 90s, set ourselves the goal of doubling investment in the sector and better use the resources of royalties to apply knowledge towards the scientific future of the country.


All these national purposes have to be harmonized with our foreign policy. We are going to seek international support for our present and future agenda and we will act with convictions and irrevocable principles.

We will enforce the Inter-American Democratic Charter, we will promote the freedom of the people of the region and we will denounce in the multilateral forums, with other countries, the dictatorships that aim to subdue its citizens.

We will do it with words and arguments, without any warlike attitude.

We will protect our territories, our borders, our wealth and strengthen multilateral cooperation on investment, security, innovation, trade and science and technology.


That is the Colombia of the future that is built from this present. Let's all work for that pact that allows us to build the country we deserve. Let's not let hate interfere in this purpose, let's not let anything distract us from the path of union. No more divisions of left and right: we are Colombia, No more false divisions between neoliberals and socialists: we are Colombia, No more divisions between tendencies: we are Colombia.

I am honored to invite you to work together, to make history. It is an honor to embark on this journey with the first woman Vice President of our history, Marta Lucía Ramírez. It is an honor to have fulfilled Colombia with a cabinet of experts in their areas and motivated to serve the country and to give Colombia the first joint cabinet between men and women.

Our government will be permanently in the regions, dialoguing with the citizens, looking for options to meet their needs. We will not do miracles, but we will give everything for the future of Colombia. I do not recognize enemies, I do not have political contenders, my only desire is to govern for all and with all Colombians.

Our government will work to make substantial changes to the way we do politics. We will work with the Congress in harmony and seeking strategic investments for the regions, but without gifts, perks or bureaucratic agreements and we will promote a political reform that opens the space to eliminate the preferential vote, promote democracy within the parties and ensure the public financing of the campaigns.

It’s impossible not to remember today, with this Capitol that I have behind my back, my passage through the Senate of the Republic. A place that has harbored the words and debates of many of the greats of Colombia. There I had the honor of exercising politics with ideas and arguments and I got to fully know the challenges of our society. Without that experience, I would not have been able to give shape to the country project that united we will build in these four years. There I had the honor of working alongside a leader and a unique human being: Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

I want the Colombians to know that I will act with humility. I will not be a President locked in a Palace, because the only Palace that I hope to inhabit is the heart of Colombians.

Colombians: Today with honor I assume as President of this great country. I remember my ancestors from Antioquia and Tolima. María Juliana, Luciana, Matías and Eloísa: you are my life. I honor the memory of my Father, to whom I thank eternally for his teachings and express my love to my Mother and my brothers Andrés and María Paula.

I want the life of the Colombians to begin to change already. With hope, let us begin at this moment the path to happiness that corresponds to us as a Nation. Today I give my life to Colombia, to its citizens, to this tricolor that shines in the sky. Colombia will have two hundred years of republican life in 2019 and the Bicentennial should motivate us to the PACT for the FUTURE, to the PACT FOR EQUITY, to the PACT FOR COLOMBIA.

I call on all Colombians, workers, guilds , employers, syndicates, political parties, and social organizations to make this Pact a reality. I invite you to build a country, because this is everyone's effort. I invite you not to let anyone take away this dream. May God bless Colombia.

Thank you so much".

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July 17, 2018- News Clips - This Friday July 20 is the national holiday of Colombia in Washington D.C., you are cordially invited to share and commemorate the independence of our country. In the Hall of the Americas at the OAS from 5pm to 8pm.

The event will be attended by artists such as the group Profetas, the duo formed by the African singer Antombo Langangui and the Colombian Pablo Fortaleza. One of the essential groups to understand the new urban music in Latin America. The fusion of Afro-Colombian music, reggae, rock and a strong hip-hop base.

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto group, a Colombian traditional folk cumbia group formed in the Caribbean region of Colombia that has been active since 1940. Their folk music preserves the traditional rhythms and sounds of a mixture of Colombian, Spanish and Afro-Colombian indigenous heritage.


Hernán Orjuela, presenter, broadcaster and Colombian businessman, who was the host of the humorous “Sábados Felices” program, is the one who will be presenting this event to commemorate the independence of Colombia this Friday, July 20th, at the OAS headquarters in Washington DC.


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June 22, 2018- News Clips - Washington, DC — On Thursday, Appropriations Committee of the United States Senate approved the budget bill for the fiscal year 2019 of the State Department and Foreign Operations which allocates for Colombia $391.25 million to support a range of critical initiatives that will further advance the country’s transition to peace. Those initiatives, which reflect the strong bilateral cooperation between Colombia and the United States, focus on a number of issues, including international narcotics control and law enforcement, military education and training, non-proliferation, anti-terrorism and demining and economic development.   

“We thank Congress and the Trump Administration and applaud the many Senate champions across both aisles who supported resources for Colombia and voted in favor of Colombia. These resources demonstrate the strength of our alliance and shared security priorities, and they will go a long way to advance the construction of stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

“Colombia is the strongest U.S. ally in Latin America, and the United States can count on Colombia for continued support in confronting security challenges, both in our region and around the world. As a nation at peace, we are an even stronger partner to the United States. 

“We thank lawmakers for their support and look forward to continuing to work closely with Congress and the Administration to maximize the benefits of the U.S.-Colombia partnership.”

Securing resources for Colombia has been a top priority for the Embassy. Since August 2017, Ambassador Reyes has held almost 100 meetings with members of Congress, including with leaders and members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees.

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June 22, 2018- News Clips - (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the Mayor Bowser administration and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced they will host and produce the first-ever DC Embassy World Cup from June 17, 2018 – July 14, 2018 at Jelleff Recreation Center’s synthetic field (3265 S Street, NW). 

Embracing the excitement surrounding the FIFA World Cup, 16 embassies out of the 32 participating in this year’s World Cup have confirmed.  The 16 teams will play a 40-game tournament in a 7-vs-7 format, parallel to the FIFA World Cup and in the spirit of FIFA’s Fair Play.
“This soccer event will highlight the international and multicultural spirit of Washington, DC on a recreation level like it’s never been done before,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. 
The opening ceremony will be held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Jelleff Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. It will feature a flag ceremony and the opening game, Russia vs. Uruguay.
Teams include:
Group A – Russia, Uruguay, Germany and Mexico
Group B – Belgium, Panama, England, and Colombia
Group C – France, Australia, Peru, and Denmark
Group D – Serbia, Brazil, Switzerland, and Argentina
For more information please visit: Follow the hashtag #DCWorldCup on social media.  
About DPR
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.

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June 19, 2018- News Clips - As is customary in Latin America’s strongest and oldest democracy, Colombia’s free and fair elections took place in a peaceful and orderly manner with complete transparency. The results were made known just one hour after the polls closed on Sunday at 4:00pm local time. More than 54 percent of eligible Colombian voters participated in the country’s Presidential election since the nation achieved a historic Peace Agreement in 2016. Emerging from the field were two candidates - Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro who advanced to a June 17 runoff election. In Colombia, if no candidate wins a majority (more than 50 percent) of the votes, there is a runoff. Last Sunday in the runoff election Duque secured 54 percent of the vote and Petro, 41 percent.


Ivan Duque will be the first president in Colombia’s modern history to assume the role after the Peace Agreement was signed. The new President will be inaugurated on August 7, 2018, for a four-year term that ends on August 7, 2022. When he takes office in August, Duque will be Colombia’s youngest president in more than a century.


Press Release from the U.S. Department of State 


U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said:
The United States congratulates Ivan Duque on his election as the next President of Colombia. We salute Colombia’s strong democracy, and reaffirm our admiration for its people and institutions. The United States looks forward to deepening our vibrant partnership based on our shared democratic values.

Colombia continues to be an example of the ideals that inspire our Hemisphere: democracy through free and fair elections with the peaceful participation of all political leaders and parties and accompanied by credible local and international observation; respect for the will of the people; and protection of the fundamental freedoms of association and expression.

We will work with President-elect Duque to support Colombia’s efforts to combat drug trafficking, strengthen security, protect human rights, and secure the just and lasting peace its people deserve. 


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· Atlanta:

Consulate General: 1117 Perimeter Center West, Northern Building Suite N411, Atlanta, GA 30338

· Charlotte:

Latin-American Coalition: 4938 Central Ave # 1, Charlotte, NC 28205

· Greenville:

Mundo Travel: 1140 North Pleasantburg Dr. Suite #C, Greenville, SC 29607


· Boston:

Consulate General: 31 Saint James Avenue suite 960, Boston, MA 02116

· Central Falls

20 Claremont St., Central falls, RI 02863.


· Chicago:

Consulate General: 500 North Michigan Avenue, Fifth floor, Chicago, IL 60611

· Minnesota:

Central Market: 1515 East Lake Street, Second Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55407

· Missouri:

2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203

· Michigan:

17100 Laurel Park Drive North, Michigan Room, Livonia, MI 48152


· Austin:

Crown Plaza Hotel: 6121 North IH-35, Austin, TX 78752 (North-East corner I – 35 y 290)

· Dallas:

DoubleTree Hotel: 4099 Valley View Ln, Dallas, TX 75244

· Houston:

1475 West Gray, Houston TX 77019

· El Paso

DoubleTree Hotel: 600 N. El Paso Street, TX 79901

· San Antonio:

DoubleTree Hotel -San Antonio airport: 37 NE Loop 410 (at McCullough), San Antonio, TX 78216

· Nueva Orleans:

DoubleTree Hotel, 2150 Veterans Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

· Oklahoma City:

Double Tree Hotel, 4410 SW 19th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73108


· Los Ángeles:

8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA, 90211

· San Diego

Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Mission Valley: 7450 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108

· Phoenix

5107N., 7th street, Phoenix AZ 85014


· Miami:

Miami Dade College Downtown: 300 N.E. Second Ave, Miami, FL 33132

· Kendall:

Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus: Gymnasium Gibson Center, 11011 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33176

· Hialeah:

City of Hialeah, Department of Parks & Rec: 4800 Palm Ave. Hialeah, FL 33012

· Plantation:

Deicke Auditorium, Deicke Main Hall: 9151 NW 2nd St, Plantation, FL 33324

· Weston:

Cypress Bay High School: 18600 Vista Park Blvd, Weston, FL 33332

· West Palm Beach:

Greenacres Event Hall: 7400 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467

· Sarasota:

Ramada Hotel: 7150 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243


· Newark:

Consulate General: 550 Broad Street Floor15, Newark, NJ 07102

· Atlantic City:

New Jerusalem Church 1713 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

· Dover:

Club Colombia: 11 East Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801

· Elizabeth:

School # 27: 505-517 Morris Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

· Hackensack:

Civic Center- 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601

· Morristown:

Morristown Fire Department: 161 Speedwell Avenue Morristown, NJ 07960

· Paterson:

The Paterson Museum: 2 Market Street, Paterson NJ 07501

· Trenton:

Westminster Presbyterian Church – 1140 Greenwood Ave, Trenton, NJ 08609

· Union City:

Hudson Community College: 4800 John F Kennedy Blvd., Union City, NJ 07087

· Philadelphia:

Esperanza College: 4261 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140


· Manhattan:

Consulate General: 10 East 46th street, New York, NY 10017

· White Plains:

Westchester County Center: 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

· Port Chester:

Port Chester Rye (Middle School): 113 Bowman Ave Port Chester, NY, 10573

· Bridgeport:

Caribe Travel: 1320 E. main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608

· Queens:

Public School 69: 77-02 37th Ave Queens NY 11372

· Hamptons:

Latin Center Store: 39 West Montauk Hwy, Suite 6, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

· Brentwood:

La Espiguita Soccer Academy: 1795 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood, NY 11717

· Ithaca:

St. Luke Lutheran Church: 109 Oak Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850


· San Francisco:

Consulate General: 595 Market St, Suite 1190, San Francisco, CA 94105

· Las Vegas:

820 Rancho Lane: suite 35, Las Vegas, NV 89106

· Tacoma:

Cultura Event Center: 5602 S Washington St., Tacoma WA 98409

· Denver:

2525 W Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80219

· Salt Lake City:

Salt Lake County Building: 2001 South State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84190 (North Tower first floor).

· Alaska:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish: 3900 Wisconsin St. AK 99517


· Orlando:

Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside: 7499 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, FL 32822

· Tampa:

5901 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, FL 33624

· Jacksonville:

6293 Powers Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32217


· San Juan:

Lobby del edificio Mercantil Plaza: 2 Avenida Ponce de León, oficina 814, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918

· Mayagüez:

Sala A del Edificio Darlington: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00680


· Washington DC

Center of Municipal Affairs - Frank D. Reeves Center: 2000 14th St NW First Floor, Washington DC 20009

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May 15, 2018- News Clips - On Thursday, May 17, Colombian Chef Alex Salgado will participate in the Embassy Chef Challenge. The event, presented by TCMA, celebrates culinary diplomacy and provides a “uniquely DC opportunity to taste authentic food & drinks from embassy chefs representing all regions of the world.” It will take place at 6:30 PM at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.   For more information and to buy tickets, click here. And if you are attending, enjoy the rich flavors of Colombia and vote for Chef Salgado!  
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March 26, 2018- News Clips - 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. 

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March 23, 2018- News Clips -

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. 

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March 1, 2018- News Clips - 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.

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February 20, 2018- News Clips - Outlook on the Americas at the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) 

·       Good afternoon. On behalf of the Embassy and the Government of Colombia, I thank the AACCLA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to participate in today’s important discussion.
·       Both organizations are vital to the continued growth of Colombia and our entire region.
·       Last year, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, we launched the U.S.-Colombia Business Council – an official platform between our two countries to advance economic growth and development.
·       The successful U.S.-Mexico Business Council was the model for our new business council, and we appreciate the Chamber’s leadership for bringing the idea to fruition.
·       Today, I am honored to sit alongside my colleagues to talk about the future of the Pacific Alliance, its role in the region and how it can be a catalyst for further economic integration.
·       The Pacific Alliance is an open and innovative platform for expanding economic integration across Latin America and increasing the global competiveness of our four countries and the region.
·       Our countries are recognized globally as the most stable and dynamic democracies in Latin America, with the best prospects for economic growth and attracting foreign direct investment, or FDI, in the near future.
·       In relative terms, the Alliance as a bloc is the 8th largest economy in the world, accounts for 35 percent of global GDP and receives 41 percent of FDI in Latin America.
·       Combined, the Alliance countries comprise an integrated market of 225 million consumers with a GDP of nearly $2.2 trillion.
·       This is not just good for the Alliance countries, but also for the entire region, which benefits from integrated supply chains.
·       The Alliance allows the incorporation of intermediate goods and inputs from any member country in the final good for export, with preferential treatment for any of the member countries. This is creating an expansive market that responds to modern production systems and facilitates regional and global supply chains.
·       Market access is a key component of the Alliance trade protocol.
·       Moving forward, there are many promising opportunities for the Alliance. These include:
·       Ventanilla Única de Comercio Exterior (Single Window of Foreign Trade): With the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, the IDB, the countries developed an interoperability Single Window of Foreign Trade platform, which enables the exchange of phytosanitary certificates virtually. Integrating this further will be key.
·       Customs Cooperation: Another important issue to advance is trade facilitation through increased customs cooperation. The countries decided to start working toward facilitating and increasing trade in the pharmaceutical and food supplements sectors, through the harmonization of technical and sanitary requirements and the elimination of those considered unnecessary.
·       In addition, the Entrepreneurial Capital Fund of the Alliance has been created jointly by the IDB and the IDB Multilateral Investment Fund to facilitate financing and investment in small and medium-sized enterprises and in Alliance projects that contribute to their growth and competitiveness.
·       Equally important is the opportunity to create the Angels Investors Network “AngeLAP” and the Business Accelerator of the Pacific Alliance, “AcelerAP.” Both will seek to connect entrepreneurs with support entities that help strengthen their projects and competitiveness.
·       As for technical barriers to trade, the Alliance is developing a trademark classification tool to develop and implement further protection of intellectual property.
·       With opportunities, come challenges, however.
·       There is an existential one: nations continue looking more inward than outward with respect to trade.
·       However, the Alliance is such a clear example of the benefits of economic integration that we have a compelling case to make for expanding free and fair global trade.
·       A “next step" of the body will be pursuing free trade agreements with nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
·       When Colombia assumed the pro tempore presidency of the Alliance during last year’s Summit in Cali, President Santos underscored the importance of developing a network of innovation agencies.
·       He also remarked that: “We are going to register the creation of a common fund to finance infrastructure, we are going to open the Alliance to associate members so that we can establish different relations with interested observers to affiliate in some way with the four countries that have the most dynamic economies in Latin America.”
·       President Santos also noted why we should work to improve the student and academic mobility platform and strengthen consumer protection.
·       It is clear that our countries, together, can reinforce the Alliance as a strategic platform for economic and commercial integration in our region and across the Pacific.
·       Thank you for your focus on the future of the Alliance and hosting this discussion.

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February 7, 2018- News Clips - Washington, DC — On the sixth day of his first multicountry trip to Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Colombia. He arrived in Bogotá yesterday afternoon, where he met with President Juan Manuel Santos, Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín and U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker.

Topping the agenda were Colombian Peace Agreement implementation, U.S. support for Colombia’s accession to the OECD, advancing the bilateral economic partnership and shared responsibility in the fight against drugs. Following their meeting, President Santos and Secretary Tillerson participated in a joint press availability. 
President Santos stated: 


“We just had a very productive meeting with the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson. … Colombia - you have been able to see it firsthand - is making progress in the construction of peace. This is a complex process - a process that takes time - and, although we have enormous challenges ahead, the fruits are being seen.

“… Throughout this process we have had the firm and determined support of the United States, a bipartisan, effective and unwavering support. That is why we deeply appreciate the support of the administration of President Trump at this crucial stage in our history as a nation.

"In this meeting with Secretary Tillerson we reviewed the various topics of our rich binational agenda, and we also talked about the work we have been doing on issues of interest to both countries.

“… Commercial ties between our countries are becoming stronger. Since the entry into force of the free trade agreement, U.S. investment in Colombia has exceeded $2.3 trillion. More than 230 companies from the United States are investing today in our country. And we are happy to see that every day there are more Colombian products arriving in the U.S. market.

“As of November last year, Colombia exported $3.73 billion in non-mining-energy goods to the United States. … The private sector plays a key role in promoting trade and investment, and that is why we value the role of the U.S.-Colombia Business Council, which brings together 40 of the most important business leaders of the two countries.

“On the other hand, spaces such as the High Level Dialogue have generated important results in terms of cooperation on key issues such as energy, education, rural development, science and technology.

“Colombia is beginning to take advantage of its full potential. We have a long way to go, but we have made very important progress on crucial issues such as the fight against poverty, the development of infrastructure and the growth of our economy.

“We want to continue advancing along the path of development, and a very important element of that process is our entry into the OECD. We thank Secretary Tillerson for his support in completing our accession process.

“Colombia and the United States share the values of democracy and freedoms that our forefathers left us from their respective homelands, as well as the interest of consolidating an increasingly prosperous and increasingly secure region.

“We have a broad and diverse agenda, and we look forward to continuing to work with you and the administration of President Trump to further deepen our great relationship - a relationship that is more than friends and partners rather than allies and partners.”



Regarding the global fight against drugs, President Santos said the problem is an issue on which, we agree with you, Secretary Tillerson, our countries have a shared responsibility. There is no supply without demand, or demand without supply. The President noted that as part of the "frank and open" dialogue, he discussed the actions Colombia has undertaken and the results achieved to date through the aggressive, comprehensive counternarcotics strategy Colombia began implementing last year and in coordination with the United States.

Secretary Tillerson’s visit comes after the Vice President Pence’s visit in August and President Santos’s meeting with President Trump at the White House last May.




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February 6, 2018- News Clips - Washington, DC — As part of his first multi-country trip to Latin America and the Caribbean, which kicks last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Colombia. He arrived in Bogotá today Tuesday, February 6, where he is going to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos.  Chief among the issues to be discussed is the status of Colombian Peace Agreement implementation, which has been under way for just one year, and milestones achieved thus far. Also expected to top the agenda is Colombia’s accession to the OECD and U.S. support for this major step forward, which would strengthen the South American nation’s economic position in the global economy. “As we continue building a stable and lasting peace, we are grateful for the long-standing bilateral partnership and bipartisan support from the United States. The United States supported Plan Colombia, which laid the foundation for peace, and today, Peace Colombia provides resources and the foundation for Colombia’s forward momentum,” said Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Camilo Reyes, who is joining President Santos and the Colombian delegation welcoming Secretary Tillerson. “Now a nation at peace, Colombia is better positioned to work hand in hand with the United States and achieve even more together for the people of our two nations and the region,” said Reyes. In addition to meeting with President Santos and participating in a joint press availability with him, Secretary Tillerson has meetings with his counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín, and U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker. The Secretary’s visit comes after the Vice President’s visit in August and President Santos’s meeting with President Trump at the White House last May.  

Washington, DC — As part of his first multi-country trip to Latin America and the Caribbean, which kicks last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Colombia. He arrives in Bogotá today Tuesday, February 6, where he is going to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. 

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January 31, 2018- News Clips - Ambassador Reyes Honors Philanthropist and Business Leader Adrienne Arsht 

Washington, DC — Last night, Colombian Ambassador to the United States Camilo Reyes hosted a reception at his Residence to honor Adrienne Arsht, Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council and founder of its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, for her commitment to Colombia and the region as a whole.  

Ambassador Reyes said: 



“I am privileged, both personally and professionally, to honor a true friend of Colombia and all of Latin America.

“… By far one of her most important contributions to the region and its relationship with the United States is the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Through its forums, research and thought leadership, the Center broadens awareness of the transformational political, economic and social changes throughout Latin America.

“… Ms. Arsht’s leadership was fundamental in the creation and development of the Colombia Peace and Prosperity Task Force, an impressive group comprising senior policymakers from current and former Administrations, the Ambassadors of Colombia and the United States, leaders of the private sector and experts from civil society.”



Last May, the Task Force – which is co-chaired by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri – provided a road map for continued bilateral strategy between Colombia and the United States.

Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, noted: 



“All eyes are on Latin America as three of the region’s largest democracies choose leaders that will guide the next stage of a rapidly and positively evolving Latin America. This is the time to double down on Latin America’s leadership – Adrienne Arsht’s vision and support make possible our Center’s ongoing efforts to move policy in the direction that will allow long-term prosperity in Latin America at a time of global uncertainty.”



During the event, Ambassador Reyes presented Ms. Arsht with Colombia’s “La Orden de San Carlos,” the highest honor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by an individual to Colombia and our close alliance with the United States. Created in 1954, the award is reserved for Colombian citizens, foreign civilians and military officers to recognize their accomplishments and contributions to Colombia in the field of diplomacy and international relations.


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