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Colombia launches first-ever information technology campaign

July 25, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Proexport Colombia on Wednesday announced the launch of “Colombia Bring IT On,” a major campaign initiative aimed at promoting the growth of the country’s technology sector in the international market and raising awareness of Colombia’s competitive advantages.

Colombia's economy grows 6.4 percent, follows China as fastest growing country

July 23, 2014
BOGOTA, Colombia -- In the first quarter of 2014, Colombia’s economy grew 6.4 percent in relation to the same period last year, the government’s statistics agency, DANE, announced. Colombia’s significant growth makes it the fastest-growing economy in Latin America.

EU amends list of Caribbean nationals exempt from Schengen visa requirement

May 27, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Council has amended the list of non-European Union (EU) countries whose nationals are exempt from the Schengen area visa requirement. The Council adopted a new regulation listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas.

Regional workshop supports efforts to attract green FDI

May 21, 2014
Regional workshop supports efforts to attract green FDI BOGOTA, Colombia -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) facilitated the participation of representatives from Caribbean investment promotion agencies (IPAs) at a regional workshop on fostering the green FDI opportunity in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

OAS secretary general welcomes new achievement in peace talks in Colombia

May 19, 2014
OAS secretary general welcomes new achievement in peace talks in Colombia WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has welcomed the new achievement reached in the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the rebel group FARC, concerning the fight against drug trafficking.

Peace talks continue in Havana between Colombian government and rebels

April 29, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) rebel faction are continuing peace negotiations in Havana in an effort to find a solution to the over 60-year armed conflict prevailing in the South American nation.

Curacao eases visa policy

April 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An easing of Curacao’s visa policy will apply to people from Colombia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia and the Schengen Areas starting May 1 of this year, according to the Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro. The reason given is the growth of the economy.

Talks between Colombian government and rebel group close with accords on illegal drugs

April 1, 2014
Talks between Colombian government and rebel group close with accords on illegal drugs HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP) closed the 22nd round of talks in Havana after reaching an agreement on the issue of illegal drugs. In a communiqué issued in Havana, the head of the guerrilla delegation Ivan Marquez said...

Major money laundering network uncovered between Curacao, Aruba and Colombia

March 28, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Colombian media have reported a major money laundering operation between Curacao, Aruba and the FARC in Colombia. According to reports, about two million dollars were laundered using the illicit cigarette trade. The cigarettes, which were intercepted...

Antigua-Barbuda court fines South American drug traffickers over EC$385 million

February 22, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The director of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Lt Col. Edward Croft, has applauded a recent landmark decision by the High Court in its ruling on Wednesday February 12, 2014, against Eraquio Gonzalez...

Spying on journalists compromises coverage of Colombia peace talks, says RSF

February 20, 2014
PARIS, France (RSF) -- Press freedom organisation, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for full respect for the work of journalists on the part of President Juan Manuel Santos’ government and members of the armed forces, both acting and retired, following the latest allegations...

Caribbean islands agree to swap diesel power for renewable sources

February 14, 2014
NECKER ISLAND, BVI -- In a joint effort to unlock opportunities on scaling renewable energy projects across the Caribbean-basin, Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute has brokered commitments from the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia...

CARICOM takes steps to improve trade performance under bilateral agreements

February 10, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The establishment of effective trade facilitation offices, both at national and regional levels has been recommended as a key to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) taking greater advantage of trade agreements with third countries.

Millions will express their love with Colombian flowers on Valentine's Day

February 7, 2014
Millions will express their love with Colombian flowers on Valentine's Day BOGOTA, Colombia (PXP) -- Millions of consumers in the Caribbean will receive flowers from Colombia this Valentine’s Day, said Proexport Colombia, the Colombian government agency tasked with trade, tourism and investment. Colombia is the second largest exporter of flowers in the world.

Bahamas seeks information exchange agreement with Colombia to escape regional blacklist

January 16, 2014
Bahamas seeks information exchange agreement with Colombia to escape regional blacklist NASSAU, Bahamas -- Three months after Colombia placed The Bahamas on a blacklist, Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder confirmed that The Bahamas will now pursue a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with the Latin American country and seek ways to avert future blacklistings.

Colombia hopes to welcome more visitors than ever in 2014

December 30, 2013
Colombia hopes to welcome more visitors than ever in 2014 MIAMI, USA (PXP) -- Seasonal increases in the number of flights between North America and Colombia will allow more visitors than ever to experience that Colombia Is Magical Realism. Proexport, the government agency charged with promoting tourism, foreign investment and trade with Colombia...

Colombia strengthens regional defence partnership

December 21, 2013
BOGOTA, Colombia -- In the last two years (2012-2013), Colombia has given a high priority to the use of diplomacy in the interest of regional security strategy while actively pursuing bilateral, trilateral and multilateral agreements. The government of Juan Manuel Santos and particularly...

UN congratulates negotiating parties on Colombia peace agreement

November 8, 2013
UN congratulates negotiating parties on Colombia peace agreement BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- The United Nations on Thursday congratulated Colombia following an announcement that negotiating parties in Havana, Cuba, reached an agreement on the issue of political participation in the South American country. The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces...

Trade show displays countries' products to cruise industry's key decision makers

October 2, 2013
CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Colombia -- Tuesday marked the opening of the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Trade Show, taking place in conjunction with the FCCA Cruise Conference in the Cartegena de Indias Convention Center. Over 100 companies are represented.

Ports of the US Virgin Islands to attend cruise convention in Colombia

October 1, 2013
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Ports of the US Virgin Islands will field a strong delegation to the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show in Cartagena, Colombia this week. This gathering of industry participants, slated for September 30 to...

Colombia promotes clean energy technology and efficiency

September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- Colombia will boost the competitiveness of hotels, clinics, and hospitals while reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by tapping an innovative financing scheme for energy efficiency projects, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced.

Jamaicans, Colombians detained in Haiti on drug charges

September 14, 2013
Jamaicans, Colombians detained in Haiti on drug charges PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's anti-drug unit said on Friday that several foreigners, including Colombians and Jamaicans, have been arrested and detained for alleged illegal drug trafficking as the Caribbean nation steps up efforts to fight drug dealers.

Caribbean looks to Colombia as strategic investment partner

September 11, 2013
Caribbean looks to Colombia as strategic investment partner MIAMI, USA -- Proexport, the Colombian government agency in charge of foreign investment, trade and tourism, has revealed that Caribbean markets are seeking investment opportunities in Colombia. These markets have a particular interest in software, IT and BPO services, as well as insurance and financial services.

UWI academics speak in Colombia on shifts in regional hegemony

September 6, 2013
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Is the world witnessing a shift in supremacy among major power states? Professor W. Andy Knight, Director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) of The University of the West Indies, answer this question at Prospecta Caribe 2013.

OAS member countries discuss drug policies and other matters

June 8, 2013
ANTIGUA, Guatemala -- The representatives of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday finished expressing their points of view on the topic “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas” during the third plenary session...

OAS secretary general presents report on the drug problem in the Americas

May 18, 2013
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Friday issued a stark review of the reality experienced by the countries of the hemisphere in relation to drugs, analyzing the policies implemented in the region to this point.

OAS secretary general to present report on drug problem in the Americas to the president of Colombia

May 17, 2013
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, will deliver on Friday to the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, the "Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas," prepared by the hemispheric institution.

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