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A Progressive Agenda

On August 7, 2018, President Iván Duque took the helm of a nation that has recently undergone great change and experienced significant progress. President Duque is continuing to move Colombia forward on the path to prosperity through domestic policies that promote economic growth, national unity and social development.

President Duque, 42-year-old senator, is the youngest President in Colombia's recent history.  He appointed a cabinet consisting largely of known technocrats, with the same number of women and men.

                         Photo: President Duque and members of the new cabinet

Minister of Agriculture: Andrés Valencia

Minister of Defence: 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

Click here to read the Possession's speech of the President of the Republic of Colombia

Lines of action
  • The main pillars proposed by President Duque: Legality, Entrepreneurship and Equality will usher a new era in Colombia and will demand a great amount of time, resources and leadership in Colombia - as well as the continued support of the United States.
  • The Goverment of President Duque is focusing on three broad lines of action:

 

1. Legality

 

Based on the premise that security and justice act as guarantees for the application of the law, in order to defeat violence.

Fight against drugs: The Government will tackle this scourge as one of the top priorities of the current administration with an emphasis in reversing the recent upward trend of illicit crops and cocaine production. Also, pressure will be put on all links in the drug trafficking chain, from small farmers involved in the first stage of production – cultivation – to the criminals and organized crime networks that are benefitting the most financially from these illicit activities.

Corruption: Proposed bill in Congress, immediately after being sworn in, with measures to strengthen the fight against corruption and corrupt practices, including longer jail sentences, sanctions against companies, owners and managers who engage in corrupt practices with public officials, banning them from state contracts.

Justice: The Government intends to submit a proposal to Congress concerning justice reform in order to address critical challenges such as prison overcrowding, lengthy processes, and obsolete technology, among others.

 

2. Entrepreneurship

 

President Duque plans to make entrepreneurship the basis of Colombia’s economic and social progress. In his words, “Colombia must be a country where micro, small, medium and large companies progress in a sustainable manner to generate quality jobs.”

In terms of policies, a program of economic reactivation will be launched, including a tax reform lowering taxes for job creators/employment generators; structural reforms aimed at cuts on public spending, efficiency measures, electronic invoicing, and improving control systems.
 
Also, reforms will be undertaken with a view to eliminate unnecessary procedures and expediting legal requirements, consolidating a country climate with the best regional conditions for attracting new ventures and investments in the fields of technology, services, B-companies, creative industries, tourism, agribusiness, among others.
 
The government will encourage the Orange Economy to promote artistic and cultural enterprises.
 
In terms of rural areas, the plan is to promote the integration of small producers with agroindustry development; investments triggered by incentives to generate permanent jobs and by a foreign trade policy that opens markets.
 
Investments in infrastructure projects required to enhance the country’s competitiveness, creating conditions for larger investments and conductivity.
 
 
3. Equality
 
 
The government is committed to eradicate extreme poverty in the coming years, defeating exclusion, and bridging the gaps between the rich and poor, including in terms of distant regions and how that impacts their access to service and public goods.
 
To that effect, public policies will be implemented aimed at labor formalization and the provision or stimuli to providers of education, health, culture, sports, housing, mobility, security and public services to populations in need, with a particular focus on indigenous and Afro Colombian communities.
 
Country building (“Construyendo País”):  President Duque intends to travel to the regions and localities frequently, in order to hold workshops with the communities and listen to their needs and the challenges they face directly, with a view to identifying timely and integral (interagency) solutions to address them.
 
 
Venezuela

 

  • President Duque has made clear the importance and need to restore democracy in Venezuela immediately.
  • As one of the oldest democracies in the hemisphere, Colombia values democratic principles, and we will act with firmness and responsibility in helping the people of Venezuela resolve this crisis in a peaceful way.
  • Colombia will act, firmly and responsibly, to help them do so.
  • We are part of the Lima Group and along with Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, we closely follow developments in Venezuela. In the latest statement of August 11, we requested an independent and transparent investigation into the events that took place August 4 in Venezuela, and firmly condemned and rejected the violation of due process and international norms with regard to justice procurement and respect for human rights.

 

Useful Links

Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism 
Colombia Travel