September 11, 2014- News Clips - "In Colombia, Coffee Is King"

In Colombia, there is an export grown that is prized the world over for its quality and energizing properties. That crop is, of course, coffee.

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September 12, 2014- News Clips - "36 Hours in Cartagena, Colombia"

From afar, Cartagena’s skyline is deceptive. Its white towers rise above the Caribbean from a peninsula of tan sand and concrete, making it look like a bigger, beachier metropolis than it is. But with fewer than a million people, Cartagena is a sliver of the size of Rio de Janeiro or Los Angeles.

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September 8, 2014- News Clips - "From Failed State to Tourist Haven"

… So many countries in this summer of war can only dream of one day becoming Colombia. It is a nation far from perfect, with plenty of conflicts and problems, but on the mend and coming up.

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Technology must be leveraged as a key tool for fighting poverty and helping spur businesses that can boost the social inclusion of very low-income Colombians, who make up 30.6 percent of the population, the deputy information and communications technology minister said.

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August 30, 2014- News Clips - "Colombia Revisited"

ARRIVING in the one-time murder capital of the world is far less terrifying than expected. My first, breathtaking, taste of the new Medellin is from the 17th-storey rooftop bar Envy, its glass walls framing a valley of skyscrapers glimmering against the lofty silhouettes of the lower Andes. This sparkling amphitheatre looks like a vast fireworks display, frozen in mid air.

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Cement company Argos became the first national business in Colombia’s history to win the prestigious Social Responsibility Award, recognizing the company’s “successful implementation of activities that generate positive effects in society, the economy, and the environment.”

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August 29, 2014- News Clips - "Colombia, Open and Ready for Business"

Once they’ve cracked Brazil and Mexico, many fashion executives are now looking to Colombia, South America’s third biggest economy, to help boost their balance sheets as the country shakes off its violent image.

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Colombia’s avocado industry could double over the next decade and offer strong competition to the likes of Chile and Peru should it gain access to the U.S. market, according to global producer and exporter Westfalia.

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August 21, 2014- News Clips - "Inside the Coffee Renaissance in Colombia"

On a Saturday afternoon in Bogotá’s upscale Parque de la 93 neighborhood, a line of people extends out the front door of the country's first Starbucks. The cafe, a three floor, 2,700-square-foot space, opened just last month and is an impressive celebration of Colombian coffee. It’s the first Starbucks in the world to serve only locally sourced beans, offered in five varieties. A 19-foot mural, painted in coffee pigment and acrylic by Colombian artist Luis Carlos Cifuentes, depicts the brand’s Siren mermaid, swimming underneath the first shipment of Colombian coffee that the company ordered in 1971.

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The City of Eternal Spring creates economic growth supported by a modern, effective and flexible IT infrastructure. Software AG (FRA: SOW) acknowledged today multiple awards received by Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in regenerating the municipality and the role IT played in driving economic growth and social inclusion. Amongst other awards, Medellin was acknowledged as “Innovative City of the Year” by the Urban Land Institute and received the United Nations sustainable transport award.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday began his second term with a call for unity among his countrymen with an eye toward building a new country enjoying peace, equality and education.

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September 11, 2014- Press Releases - Ambassador Visits Massachusetts and Rhode Island to Expand Colombia-New England Business Ties Announces Boston and Medellín to Become Sister Cities Boston, MA – This week Colombian Ambassador to the United States Luis Carlos Villegas visited cities and towns throughout New England to promote the expansion of business, investment and cultural ties between Colombia and the region. In addition, during his visit, the Boston City Council and its counterpart organization, the Council of Medellín, announced their intent to make Boston and Medellín sister cities. In its announcement, the Council of Medellín stated: “The Council of Medellín manifests the interest of establishing the city of Boston of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America, as a sister city of Medellín in the Department of Antioquia, Republic of Colombia. [A partnership] that may lead to permanent goals for collaboration in the financial, cultural, social, university, science, technical and business field, as well as a common international solidarity.” In its resolution, the Boston City Council echoed this message and also noted, “The City of Medellín, Antioquia, Republic of Colombia, is a city of 2.5 million people, which has many similarities and shares a common bond with the city of Boston.” “Our two cities are leaders in the area of innovation and technology, and we are excited to launch this newest phase of our partnership. Strengthening the ties that bind Medellín and Boston, and more broadly Colombia and New England, is critical to our shared goals to increase economic growth and create jobs,” said Ambassador Villegas. “Colombia has experienced record levels of investment and growth, and key to our success has been the expansion of not only our commercial ties throughout the world and across the United States, but also building common ground on issues like innovation and technology, education and culture.” In meetings with government officials and business leaders in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Ambassador discussed the many opportunities that exist in Colombia for local companies and industries, with a particular focus on the transportation, technology, innovation and banking sectors. The Ambassador’s visit, which began on Monday and concluded yesterday afternoon, is part of his months-long effort to visit all 12 U.S. cities where Colombia has consulates. The visits have two primary objectives – to maximize outreach to Colombians in the United States, as well as to raise awareness about the realities of today’s Colombia, including the country’s vibrant environment for doing business. Here are the highlights of his visit:  Monday, September 8: The Ambassador spoke with students and academic leaders at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and then met with members of the Colombian community living in Central Falls and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. While in Central Falls, Ambassador Villegas met with Mayor James Diossa and discussed issues of importance to the local Colombian community, as well as strategies to expand commercial ties. Following his visit to Rhode Island, the Ambassador participated in a meeting with the New England Association for Colombian Children, a non-profit organization that supports social initiatives for local Colombian youth.  Tuesday, September 9: As a follow-up to the February 2013 Massachusetts–Colombia Innovation Partnership Mission, Ambassador Villegas met with Governor Deval Patrick, who led the delegation of the commonwealth’s leading business, academic and government officials. The trade mission has already helped to increase opportunities for entrepreneurship. For example, Innpulsa Colombia and MassChallenge join forces to run intensive boot camps for Colombian entrepreneurs annually, and last year five Colombian startups were accepted into the MassChallenge accelerator. With a focus on innovation, the Ambassador also spoke with the Governor about Colombia’s Vive Digital (Live Digital) II Plan – a $10 billion nationwide effort to propel Colombia forward in becoming a world leader in the development of applications to reduce poverty and increase transparency and efficiency in government. The Ambassador also met with leaders of MassTech and the Clean Energy Center and Life Sciences Center, as well as with the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and MassPort.  Wednesday, September 10: The Ambassador’s visit concluded with a series of meetings, including with John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the city of Boston, and startups at MassChallenge. He also spoke before a group of business leaders during an investment lunch organized by Proexport, Colombia’s export, tourism and foreign investment agency. ### Get to know Colombia. Learn more at www.colombiaemb.org.  
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September 4, 2014- Press Releases - Rodrigo Botero Montoya es condecorado con la Orden de San Carlos en el grado de Gran Cruz Washington, D.C.- El Embajador de Colombia en Estados Unidos, Luis Carlos Villegas, informó que el Presidente Juan Manuel Santos y su Canciller María Ángela Holguín han otorgado la Orden de San Carlos en el Grado de Gran Cruz, al economista antioqueño y doctor en historia Rodrigo Botero Montoya, en reconocimiento a su relevante contribución en la difusión de la solidez de la economía colombiana en ámbitos internacionales, y por su reconocimiento en círculos académicos de los Estados Unidos y Europa. Esta condecoración será impuesta por el Embajador Luis Carlos Villegas, durante una ceremonia en el Consulado de Colombia en Boston, Massachusetts el 9 de septiembre. El Embajador Villegas destacó la importancia de este honor, ya que reconoce ‘el compromiso de toda la vida del Doctor Botero con una Colombia moderna, internacional e integrada a las grandes corrientes de pensamiento y de crecimiento económico.” El Doctor Botero fue fundador y el primer Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación para la Educación Superior y el Desarrollo (Fedesarrollo), considerado hoy en día como uno de los centros de pensamiento más influyentes en América Latina. Igualmente ha sido forjador de una tecnocracia pública y privada en Colombia de clase mundial La larga trayectoria del Doctor Botero en el sector público de Colombia incluye los cargos de Coordinador de la Comisión Independiente de Gasto Público; Secretario Económico de la Presidencia de Carlos Lleras Restrepo; Ministro de Hacienda y Crédito Público durante el gobierno del Presidente Alfonso López Michelsen; Consejero Económico de la Embajada de Colombia en Washington y Director Ejecutivo de la Corporación Autónoma de los Valles del Magdalena y Sinú (CVM). Así mismo, fundó y dirigió las revistas Coyuntura Económica y Estrategia Económica y Financiera y ha publicado libros como La Comunidad Económica Caribe-Andina, Reflexiones sobre la Modernización de España, Ambivalent Embrace, America’s Trouble Relations with Spain from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War, y el Discreto Encanto de la Social Democracia. Se ha desempeñado como miembro de diferentes espacios académicos y empresariales como la Comisión Brandt sobre Problemas del Desarrollo Internacional, la Junta Directiva de la Fundación Ford, el Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, el Diálogo Interamericano, el Banco de la República y Carvajal. Así mismo ha trabajado como asesor de varias empresas colombianas y estadounidenses. El Doctor Botero obtuvo su maestría y doctorado en la Universidad de Harvard, universidad a la que estuvo vinculado durante muchos años como investigador, conferencista y vocero académico del progreso económico de Colombia en los últimos años. La orden de San Carlos ha sido instituida por el Gobierno Nacional con el fin de honrar y enaltecer a aquellos ciudadanos colombianos y extranjeros que han enaltecido el nombre de Colombia y han contribuido a su proyección en el escenario internacional.  
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September 2, 2014- Press Releases - Presentación de Edmar Castañeda Washington, DC- En el marco del Plan de Promoción de Colombia en el Exterior que coordina el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, la Embajada de Colombia en Estados Unidos en colaboración con la junta directiva del Festival de Jazz de DC, se complace en informar que Edmar Castañeda se presentará en la Residencia del Embajador de Colombia en Washington DC, Luis Carlos Villegas, el día 4 de septiembre de 2014 a las 6:30p.m. como parte de la Young Fishman Artist Series (Serie Fishman de Artistas Jóvenes). Edmar Castañeda nació en la ciudad de Bogotá en 1978 donde desde pequeño desarrolló su amor por la música a través de clases de joropo y del arpa llanera. Se ha notado por expertos que los movimientos folclóricos extraídos de nuestra tierra le han dado un toque especial a su magnífico talento por tocar el arpa. Periódicos como el New York Times han calificado su talento como “un mundo en sí mismo.” Hoy en día, Edmar Castañeda es un reconocido arpista y compositor internacional. Ha tocado en lugares prestigiosos como The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts y, además de sus reconocimientos, se ha comprometido con la sociedad para divulgar y enseñar sobre el asombroso conocimiento que posee. Jazz DC es una organización cuya finalidad es ofrecer programas educativos y conciertos de jazz presentando tanto talento local como talento nacional e internacional durante todo el año, y es la organización detrás del festival de Jazz más importante de la ciudad.
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Over the last four years, Colombia has achieved significant political, economic and

social reforms. These changes have allowed Colombia to become a regional leader with

more opportunities, sustained economic growth and greater social investment, focusing

its efforts on pursuing peace and prosperity for all. The country is experiencing a historic

moment: the creation of a New Colombia, with peace, equity and education...

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In the 1990s, who would have thought that a city renowned for drug trafficking and lawlessness could become one of the most innovative and burgeoning metropolises in the world? Today, Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city and its industrial capital, is a microcosm of the remarkable transformation that has taken place all over Colombia. Named the 2013 "Innovative City of the Year" by Citi, the Urban Institute and The Wall Street Journal, Medellín now represents the future of metropolitan living - a shining  example of how urban design can advance social cohesion and sustainable development.

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August 1, 2014- News Clips - Magic Realism in Colombia

The storied city of Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast is not the easiest place to get to know, especially for those who’ve read Gabriel García Márquez. They will arrive with great expectations of a city rich in detail, characters and – hopefully – moments of magic realism. What they will find is a stunningly preserved, almost 500-year-old seaside fortress with such a mesmerising tourist veneer of pastel piles and tempting shopfronts that it can be hard to glimpse beyond it to the passions that lie beneath.

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Colombia's central bank increased its main interest rates for a fourth straight month Thursday and raised its 2014 economic growth forecast, saying the better-than-expected economic activity seen between January and March will probably continue throughout the year.

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Scoop. Colombia’s economy "está en fuego." It’s growing at 6.4 percent compared to the same period last year. Impressive? So much so that it makes it the world’s second fastest growing economy behind China.

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Moody's Investors Service MCO +1.40% on Monday upgraded Colombia's government bond rating one notch to Baa2, citing the country's robust growth rates and potential growth as the nation embarks on a $25 billion infrastructure plan.

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Thousands of people draped in yellow danced to accordion-heavy tunes and savored plates of plantains, arepas and sausages. Chants of “Viva Colombia” rang throughout the 45th independence day festival hosted by Hackensack-based Club Colombia USA, from the morning Mass to the afternoon live performances held at Overpeck County Park.

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July 25, 2014- Editorials - Cafe olé: Colombia's Rise Offers Lessons

It looks like Juan Valdez, symbol of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, will have to make room for 20-somethings in green aprons with Starbucks opening in Colombia this month. The first of 50 planned locations in the South American country, it is a sign of a booming middle class in a nation on the rise. Oil production has nearly doubled over the past decade, and the economy has maintained consistent growth.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Tuesday with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling for accelerated bilateral trade talks and more investment by the Asian economic powerhouse. Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace, Santos noted that Japan was the biggest Asian investor in Colombia.

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