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December 1, 2015- Press Releases - Ambassador Highlights Colombia’s Transformation, Economic and Investment Opportunities in New York Washington, DC – Today, in a pair of keynote remarks in New York before U.S. business leaders and members of the investment community, Colombian Ambassador to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón discussed the nation’s remarkable transformation over the past 15 years and the economic, political and social outlook for the year ahead.    This morning, in a speech before the Colombian American Association (CAA), Ambassador Pinzón detailed how Colombia transformed over the past 15 years, restoring security and stability, strengthening democratic institutions and advancing policies that have led to significant social progress and economic growth. Ambassador Pinzón highlighted that today’s Colombia is a strong and prosperous nation thanks to the commitment of the Colombian government and Armed Forces to increasing security across the country, and because of unwavering bipartisan U.S. support.    “Colombia is a nation transformed. Our bilateral partnership – from Plan Colombia to the free trade agreement – has paved the way for Colombia to become an economic leader, closer than ever to achieving lasting peace and a model for the region and the world,” said the Ambassador before the CAA, an organization founded in 1927 to facilitate commerce and trade between the Colombia and the United States, among its other missions. “The realities of today’s Colombia are possible because of strong support from leaders like you who deeply value our partnership.”   The Ambassador later took his message to a luncheon at J.P. Morgan with investment bankers and officials from key rating agencies. Speaking before a group of approximately 30 to 40 representatives from J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, as well as Standard & Poors, Moody’s and Fitch, and other firms, Ambassador Pinzón provided an economic look ahead for 2016, and discussed Colombian industries ripe for investment. While in New York, the Ambassador met yesterday with private equity and investment firms at Allen & Company, where he talked about new opportunities to invest in Colombia.    “Even in the face of falling oil prices and the global economic slowdown, our economic outlook is promising. Colombia’s economy is one of the few in Latin America with expected GDP growth above 3 percent for this year and next,” said Ambassador Pinzón. “Colombia has been invited to become a member of the OECD, and we expect to accede between 2016 and 2017.”  
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December 1, 2015- Press Releases - Embajador de Colombia viajó a Nueva York para compartir oportunidades económicas y de inversión   Washington, DC –  El Embajador de Colombia Juan Carlos Pinzón presentó la notable transformación del país en los últimos 15 años y el panorama económico, político y social para el próximo año durante dos eventos en Nueva York que reunieron empresarios e inversionistas prestigiosas de esa ciudad.   Esta mañana, durante su discurso ante la Asociación Americana de Colombia (CAA), el Embajador Pinzón explicó cómo Colombia se ha transformado en los últimos 15 años a través de la restauración de seguridad y estabilidad, el fortalecimiento de las instituciones democráticas y las Fuerzas Armadas, la promoción de políticas que han conducido al progreso social significativo y el crecimiento económico. El Embajador Pinzón destacó que Colombia es hoy una nación fuerte y próspera gracias al compromiso del gobierno colombiano y de las Fuerzas Armadas para aumentar la seguridad en todo el país y al inquebrantable apoyo bipartidista de Estados Unidos.   “Colombia es una nación transformada. Nuestra relación bilateral – desde el Plan Colombia hasta el Tratado de libre Comercio – ha construido el camino para que Colombia se convierta en un líder económico, más cerca que nunca de lograr la paz duradera y de ser un modelo para la región y el mundo”, dijo el Embajador ante la CCA, una organización fundada en 1927 para facilitar el comercio y el intercambio entre Colombia y Estados Unidos. “La realidad de Colombia hoy es posible gracias al fuerte apoyo de líderes como ustedes que valoran profundamente nuestra relación.”    El Embajador también realizó una presentación en un evento organizado por J.P. Morgan con miembros de las principales bancas de inversión y de los principales organismos de calificación. Frente a un grupo de representantes de J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs y Bank of America, así como Standard & Poors, Moody’s y Fitch, el Embajador Pinzón presentó las perspectivas económicas del país para el 2016. Durante su viaje a Nueva York, el Embajador también se reunió con fondos de capital privado en un evento organizado por Allen & Company, para presentar las oportunidades para invertir y hacer negocios en Colombia.   “Incluso de cara a la caída de los precios del petróleo y la desaceleración económica mundial, nuestro punto de vista económico es prometedor. La economía de Colombia es uno de las pocas en América Latina con un crecimiento del PIB por encima de la media latinoamericana en este año y el próximo”, dijo el Embajador Pinzón.” Colombia ha sido invitado a ser en mimbro de la OCDE, y esperamos a que este proceso concluya entre 2016 y 2017”.   (Fin).   
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November 30, 2015- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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What’s the number one misconception about Colombia? “People think it’s written with a ‘u’,” laughed Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, during his visit to Utah earlier this month. 

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The world of sculpture has carved out a new figurehead. On Wednesday, the Nasher Sculpture Center named Colombian artist Doris Salcedo the winner of the inaugural Nasher Prize, an award that will henceforth be presented annually to a living artist who has made an indelible impact on the field of sculpture.

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November 5, 2015- News Clips -  36 Hours In Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá is popping up more and more on travelers’ radar these days, thanks to its increased safety, an explosion of culinary creativity and a rapidly increasing cool quotient. 

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The Colombian Ambassador to the United States is in Utah participating in Congressman Chris Stewart’s conference on America’s Role in the World. The ambassador is on a mission to change perceptions of his fast growing country. 

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September 19, 2015- News Clips - Medellín, Colombia: A Miracle of Reinvention

I had my doubts about Medellín. Next time someone says “most dangerous city on earth”, I’ll pull a machine gun on them – that spurious claim was made over a quarter of a century ago, in Time magazine in March 1988. Like Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, Medellín is a much wealthier, safer and more fashionable city these days, and its year-round summery climate, nearby forests and bird reserves and, indeed, the fact that it hasn’t been backpackered into oblivion – unlike Cusco, say – makes it a rather more desirable destination.

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September 14, 2015- Press Releases - Embajador Pinzón felicita a Luis Alberto Moreno por reelección como Presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo Washington, DC – Hoy, el Embajador de Colombia ante los Estados Unidos Juan Carlos Pinzón, felicita a Luis Alberto Moreno por su tercera reelección como Presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). Luis Alberto Moreno es el cuarto presidente del BID y asumió la presidencia del Banco en octubre del 2005. “Extendemos nuestras felicitaciones a Luis Alberto Moreno en su reelección para servir como presidente del BID, el banco de desarrollo más importante de América Latina,” dijo el Embajador Pinzón. “Durante casi una década, el Presidente Moreno ha incrementado los recursos del Banco de manera significativa y ha traído un enfoque innovador para el desarrollo estratégico del banco implementando nuevas iniciativas de asociación del sector público y privado que han tenido un gran impacto en los países de la región”. Fundado en 1959, el BID es la principal fuente de financiación de desarrollo para América Latina y el Caribe, proporcionando préstamos, donaciones y apoyando con asistencia técnica e investigación a los países de la región. Como Presidente, Moreno es el Director Ejecutivo y representante legal del BID, y gestiona la operación diaria del banco. Hoy el Presidente Moreno fue reelegido por la Junta de Gobernadores por un periodo de 5 años. Antes de entrar al Banco, el Presidente Moreno fue Embajador de Colombia ante los Estados Unidos por siete años. Antes de servir como Embajador, ocupó importantes cargos en los sectores público y privado de Colombia, incluyendo Ministro de Desarrollo Económico, Presidente del Instituto de Fomento Industrial y gestor de políticas de inversión social. Además ha sido asesor de importantes empresas colombianas y de inversionistas extranjeros. “El voto de hoy es un testimonio de la visión y el liderazgo del Presidente del BID y Colombia no podría estar más orgulloso de sus logros. "
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September 14, 2015- Press Releases - Ambassador Pinzón Welcomes Re-election of IDB President Moreno to Third Term Washington, DC – Today, Colombian Ambassador to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón welcomed news that Luis Alberto Moreno was elected to serve a third term as president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Moreno, who is Colombian, is the IDB’s fourth president and assumed the presidency of the Bank in October 2005. “We extend our congratulations to Luis Alberto Moreno on his re-election to serve as president of Latin America’s most important development bank – the IDB,” said Ambassador Pinzón. “For nearly a decade, President Moreno has not only significantly increased the Bank’s resources, but he has also brought an innovative approach to the Bank’s strategic development by embarking on new public and private sector partnership initiatives that have made an impact on the ground in countries in the region.” Founded in 1959, the IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, providing loans, grants, technical assistance and research. As president, Moreno is the IDB’s chief executive officer and legal representative, and is responsible for the Bank’s day-to-day business – managing its operations and administration. He was re-elected by the Board of Governors today to a 5-year term. Before joining the Bank, Moreno was Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. Prior to serving as Ambassador, Moreno held various positions in Colombia’s public and private sectors, including Minister of Economic Development, President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, manager of social investment policies, and an advisor to major Colombian companies and foreign investors. “Today’s vote is a testament to IDB President Moreno’s vision and leadership, and Colombia could not be more proud of his accomplishments.”
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September 11, 2015- Press Releases - Colombia to Host High-Level U.S. Trade Mission Sept. 15-18   Washington, DC – Today, Colombian Ambassador to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón, joined U.S. Ambassador David Thorne and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of the Americas Jodi Bond, for a press conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss the U.S. business community’s upcoming trade mission to Colombia. The delegation, which includes some of the largest companies in the world, will travel to Colombia from September 15 through September 18. Led by Ambassador David Thorne and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the mission will provide U.S. business leaders with an opportunity to establish and advance dialogue and commercial connections through meetings with Colombian business leaders and government officials. “This trade mission comes at a perfect time for Colombia. Especially during times of global economic slowdown, it is important for us to continue working with the United States to create business opportunities in our country. Led by one of the highest-ranking members of the State Department and the Chamber, this mission sends an important signal to international markets that Colombia is for a great country to do business,” said Ambassador Pinzón. “By maximizing trade and investment between the United States and Colombia, we are not only increasing economic growth and supporting jobs in both countries, we are also taking important steps toward strengthening and diversifying our bilateral partnership.” The trip, which marks the first time in over a decade that a high-ranking State Department official has led a trade mission to Colombia, symbolizes the strides the country has made in increasing opportunities for business and investment across every sector of the economy. Despite economic slowdown around the world, Colombia continues to be a leader in Latin America with a GDP growth rate well above the regional average. In 2014, Colombia attracted more than $15 billion in foreign direct investment – an increase of 167 percent vs. 2010.    
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September 11, 2015- Press Releases - Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon Presents Credentials to President Barack Obama    Washington, DC — Today, Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzon, presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House. Pinzon most recently served as Colombia’s Minister of Defense, a cabinet position he held in the Santos Administration for almost four years. “Colombians are proud and thankful to have in the United States, not only a friend, but also our strongest ally,” said Ambassador Pinzon after the ceremony. “At times of international turmoil and uncertainty, the strategic partnership between Colombia and the United States rises as a beam of hope and represents a successful example of cooperation for stability, prosperity and peace. It will be my priority as Ambassador to deepen and strengthen our partnership to benefit our people, our Hemisphere and the world.” A native of Bogotá, Pinzon has served as a leader in both the public and private sector, including in his most recent position as Minister of Defense. Throughout his career, Pinzon has accumulated specialized experience relating to international relations, economics, public policy and strategic studies, as well as national and regional defense issues in Colombia. His past experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to President Juan Manuel Santos; Vice Minister of Defense; Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank; Vice President of the Colombian Banking Association; Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Citigroup; Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Finance; and Economist for Colombia at Citigroup, among other positions. An economist, Pinzon holds a Master of Science in Economics from the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and he was awarded a scholarship to receive his master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has also completed advanced courses in international relations and strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, and in science and technology at Harvard University, and in 2011, the World Economic Forum selected him as a Young Global Leader.
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September 11, 2015- Press Releases - Embajador de Colombia Juan Carlos Pinzón presenta credenciales al Presidente Obama Washington, DC – Juan Carlos Pinzón, Embajador de Colombia en Estados Unidos, presentó hoy sus cartas credenciales al Presidente Barack Obama durante una ceremonia en la Casa Blanca a la que también asistió su esposa Pilar y sus dos hijos. "Los colombianos están orgullosos y agradecidos de tener en los Estados Unidos, no sólo un amigo, sino también nuestro aliado más fuerte", dijo el Embajador Pinzón al término de la ceremonia. "En tiempos de crisis e incertidumbre internacional, la relación estratégica entre Colombia y Estados Unidos es una luz de esperanza y representa un ejemplo exitoso de la cooperación para la estabilidad, la prosperidad y la paz. Será mi prioridad como Embajador, profundizar y fortalecer esta alianza en beneficio de nuestros pueblos, el hemisferio y el mundo.” “Lo más importante”, continuó Pinzón “es que las iniciativas de cooperación entre los dos países tengan un impacto directo en la vida de los colombianos; que permitan incrementar la inversión en distintos sectores, aumentar los niveles de empleo en todo el territorio nacional, y mejorar la cobertura y la calidad de la educación para todos los jóvenes, lo que se traduce en prosperidad para el país.” Incluyendo su posición más reciente como Ministro de Defensa, Pinzón se ha destacado como líder en los sectores público y privado. A lo largo de su carrera, ha acumulado experiencia especializada en relaciones internacionales, economía, política pública y estudios estratégicos, así como temas de defensa nacional y regional en Colombia. Pinzón se ha desempeñado como viceministro de Defensa y Secretario General de la Presidencia de la República. Antes de eso, ocupó cargos como Asesor Principal del Director Ejecutivo del Banco Mundial, Vicepresidente de la Asociación Bancaria de Colombia, Vicepresidente Asesor de la Banca de Inversión de Citigroup, Secretario Privado y Director de Equipo del Ministerio de Hacienda, entre otros cargos. Nacido en Bogotá, Pinzón tiene una Maestría en Economía de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá y se le concedió una beca para recibir su Maestría en Políticas Públicas de la Escuela Woodrow Wilson de Asuntos Públicos e Internacionales de la Universidad de Princeton. También completó cursos avanzados en Relaciones Internacionales y Estudios Estratégicos de la Universidad Johns Hopkins, y en Ciencia y Tecnología en la Universidad de Harvard. En 2011, el Foro Económico Mundial lo eligió como Joven Líder Global. (FIN).  
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September 10, 2015- Press Releases - Delegación comercial viajará de Estados Unidos a Colombia la próxima semana   El Embajador Juan Carlos Pinzón, Jodi Bond, Vicepresidente para las Américas de la Cámara de Comercio de EEUU y el Embajador David Thorne, Asesor Especial para Asuntos Económicos y Comerciales del Secretario de Estado John Kerry, anunciaron hoy durante una rueda de prensa que una delegación de más 20 de las más grandes compañías estadounidenses viajará a Colombia la próxima semana.    Esta delegación, liderada conjuntamente por el Departamento de Estado y la Cámara de Comercio, sostendrá reuniones con representantes del gobierno nacional para identificar oportunidades de negocios e inversión en Colombia.   "Es un momento propicio, en tiempos de desaceleración económica internacional, trabajar con Estados Unidos para crear oportunidades de negocios y comercio en Colombia  y esta misión es prueba de que los empresarios ven a Colombia como uno de los mejores países para hacer negocios”, explicó el Embajador Pinzón. "En este momento de coyuntura, es importante resaltar que uno de los funcionarios de más alto nivel del Departamento de Estado está liderando una misión a Colombia para estrechar aún más los sólidos lazos económicos entre los dos países".    (Fin). 
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Colombia’s economy expanded more than expected in the second quarter, as a boom in the construction industry prevented a deeper slowdown in the broader economy amid falling commodities prices.

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August 18, 2015- News Clips - There's Hope for Colombia. Yes, Colombia

From Argentina to Brazil to Mexico to Venezuela, the largest Latin American economies are suffering from collapsing commodities prices, slowing or lost growth and widening corruption scandals. Then there's Colombia. It has its share of trouble too. Oil is its chief export, and the 14-month crude-price collapse has pushed the peso down 37 percent and the COLCAP stock index down 53 percent. Obscured by these devastated markets, though, there's evidence to suggest that Colombia, with a population greater than Spain's and more land than France, is the dark horse among international investors.

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August 12, 2015- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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A government agency under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, ProColombia is benefiting from an integrated approach, being responsive to investors and even how social media is helping revolutionize the way you get ideas about places to go.

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