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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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July 30, 2015- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Colombia’s vibrant capital of Bogota is hosting three competing international film festivals this year. After decades of being overshadowed by the coastal town of Cartagena, and its well-established film fest run by producer Diana Bustamante, the capital will see two new film fests launch in 2015. They join Bogocine (Oct. 20-28), led by founder Henry Laguado since 1984, which will face stiff competition for films and sponsors.

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Lollapalooza is boosting its global stage presence with a new music festival in Colombia.The festival franchise, which marks its 11th anniversary in downtown Chicago this weekend, will make its debut in Bogotá in the fall of 2016. 

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The seeds of a venture investment scene are beginning to sprout at the early stage in Latin America, and now countries like Colombia and Chile are taking steps to make sure young companies can take root.

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July 23, 2015- Press Releases - Palabras del Presidente Juan Manuel Santos en la posesión del Embajador de Colombia en Estados Unidos, Juan Carlos Pinzón Bogotá, 23 jul Tenemos unas relaciones privilegiadas con Estados Unidos es nuestro primer socio comercial, nuestro aliado estratégico en muchos frentes y juega un papel en la región y en el mundo muy marcado y de gran importancia. Las relaciones con Estados Unidos son muy importantes para Colombia, por eso quien esté al frente de la Embajada requiere una serie de virtudes, de características, de conocimientos especiales y afortunadamente Juan Carlos Pinzón tiene todas esas virtudes, conocimientos y esa experiencia. Las relaciones con Estados Unidos han sido unas relaciones bipartidistas, aquí hemos recibido por igual a delegaciones de congresistas del Partido Demócrata como congresistas del Partido Republicano. El Plan Colombia cuando se lanzó también nos tocó juntos, yo era Ministro de Hacienda, fue lanzado como una política internacional bipartidista. Hoy, todo el mundo lo reconoce, acabó de hablar hace media hora con el Presidente Clinton (Bill) y recordábamos cómo cuando él era Presidente y lanzó el Plan Colombia estuvo acompañado por el speaker del Partido Republicano, o sea, era una política bipartidista. Y 15 años más tarde, porque el Plan Colombia está cumpliendo 15 años, los responsables de esa política tanto del Partido Demócrata como del Partido Republicano pueden decir, creo que sin duda a equivocarse, sin duda alguna, que esa política bipartidista, esa iniciativa de política exterior ha sido la más exitosa que Estados Unidos haya lanzado en su historia reciente. Colombia era un país que estaba a punto de ser declarado un Estado fallido, el Plan Colombia nos ayudó muchísimo a recuperar el país y a tener hoy la Colombia que tenemos. Usted puede también sentirse muy orgulloso porque ha participado en el Plan Colombia en todas sus etapas y por eso también creo que va a tener las puertas abiertas en el Congreso y en el Gobierno americano.  
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June 11, 2015- Press Releases - Colombia to Export Fresh Goldenberries to the U.S. without Quarantine Restrictions   Washington D.C.- Colombia will now be able to export fresh goldenberries with no quarantine restrictions after Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Luis Carlos Villegas and U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture Edward Avalos signed the Operative Work Plan (OWP) as honorary witnesses.   The signing of the OWP represents the termination of a 12-year process, which began in 2003, when the United States authorized the export of goldenberries (known in Europe as Cape gooseberries) from Colombia with a series of restrictions designed to prevent the risk associated with the Mediterranean fruit fly. Those restrictions increased the cost of goldenberries, reduced their quality and hampered logistics by limiting entry to only two ports in the United States. As a result of the OWP, the goldenberries can now be exported to any port in the United States, without the need for cold quarantine treatment. It is estimated that the new measure represents a 40 percent reduction in the cost of exporting fruit to the U.S. market.   The Ministry of Trade, ProColombia, El Fondo Nacional de Fomento Hortofrutícola and the Embassy of Colombia in the United States have supported the implementation of the OWP by the ICA APHIS and ANALDEX, which will benefit the total production of gooseberries in the Colombian departments (states) of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, and will guarantee the jobs of more than 46,000 Colombians who work in the cultivation of this super fruit.   “The signing of this plan is another step in strengthening bilateral relations and realizing the benefits of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement ” said Ambassador Villegas. “Between 2013 and 2014, with quarantine restrictions, goldenberry exports from Colombia to the United States grew by 121 percent. With the signing of this agreement, we expect this growth to further multiply. Goldenberries represent the first of many Colombian agricultural products that will have access to the U.S. market in the coming years, such as the Hass avocado, peppers, melon, watermelon and mango, among others.”
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According to a new study that compares startup activity and attitudes in 44 countries across the globe, Colombia emerged as a strong leader in entrepreneurship and investment opportunity.

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June 28, 2015- Colombia in Focus Newsletters -
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Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia's ambassador to the U.S., passed through Philadelphia recently and granted an audience. 

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