News from Colombia:
September 1, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia’s agribusiness sector generates about 6.2% of the GDP, playing a key role in the growth of the country’s economy. According to the National Statistics Department (DANE), the exports in agribusiness grew by 10% compared to 2013 and its products have reached...
August 29, 2015
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in both countries to ensure the...
July 30, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Ecopetrol SA has announced that, at a depth of 3,720 meters, the Kronos-1 well verified the presence of hydrocarbons in ultra-deepwater of the Colombian south Caribbean area. This discovery proves the geological model for an unexplored area with high hydrocarbon potential.
July 18, 2015
BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.
July 7, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “One of the challenges we face in the region is how to change the perception of the Caribbean as being that of a destination solely for vacation tourism.” This was the view from president of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), McHale Andrew.
June 5, 2015
LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...
May 13, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean set a new record high in 2014, the increase reflecting significant growth in remittance flows to Mexico (8 percent), Central America (7.4 percent) and the Caribbean (6.3 percent), linked to the recovery of the economy and...
April 23, 2015
BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- The road to peace is a complex and winding one, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday during her visit to Colombia, a country with a “unique opportunity to evolve into a society” where everyone enjoys rights equally and...
April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...
March 26, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The high ratings of global firms, the GDP growth in the last five years and the time it takes to start a new business in Colombia, are some of the factors that have made the country the ideal place to invest and do business. Procolombia, the Colombian government promotion agency...
March 20, 2015
TORONTO, Canada -- From March 20 – 26, 2015, Procolombia, the government promotion agency in charge of promoting trade, investment, tourism and country brand, will partner with Fortinos to promote Colombian fruit exports to Canada at 22 store locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
March 16, 2015
VIENNA, Austria -- The executive secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Paul Simons, last week moderated a debate held in Vienna, Austria, in the framework of the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
March 16, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has become one of the most acclaimed international tourist destinations. With its slogan "Colombia is Magical Realism," the country seeks to draw travelers by promoting its various tourism attractions according to their interests, including religious tourism.
March 6, 2015
PARIS, France (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders has condemned the murders of two journalists in Colombia in the past three weeks and reiterated its concern about the climate of impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel. The two victims were radio reporter Edgar Quintero...
March 5, 2015
PARIS, France -- The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom has denounced the killing of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar in the “strongest possible terms” and urged local authorities to do their “utmost” to bring the perpetrators to justice.
February 20, 2015
MIAMI, USA (IAPA) -- The murder of journalist Luis Peralta Cuéllar in Colombia has brought a strong protest from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), which called on the local authorities to conduct a prompt investigation of the motives, determine those responsible and bring them to justice.
February 20, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The largest trade event in 2015, the “Macrorrueda de Negocios 55” (55 Business Matchmaking Forum) from ProColombia, aims to boost the export business of Colombia by facilitating the internationalization of the Colombian energy supply in all non-mining segments.
February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.
January 31, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Thursday morning, US federal agents in coordination with Colombian law enforcement authorities simultaneously executed arrest warrants in Puerto Rico, Florida and Colombia, dismantling an international drug trafficking and money laundering organization...
January 31, 2015
FORT WORTH, USA -- Pending regulatory approval, American Airlines will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, further strengthening its position in these key markets. New service to Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ), will add a new destination to the airline's...
January 14, 2015
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Aruba has objected to the waiver of the visa requirement for Colombians visiting Curacao, minister of justice, Nelson Navarro, said. Previously, the Netherlands had objected to this petition from Curacao. Such a request by Curacao must first be approved by the Netherlands.
January 14, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia was the country brand in Latin America that had higher growth in its value compared to 2013, says the annual report of the consultancy Brand Finance, a company specializing in valuation and brand strategy firm worldwide, measuring the value of the country brand.
December 23, 2014
BOGOTA, Colombia -- In response to Colombia’s economic progress and to foster its expansion and growth, the government’s promotion agency PROCOLOMBIA will continue its efforts to connect Colombian exporters and international buyers by hosting important events in 2015.
December 20, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.
December 12, 2014
BOGOTA, Colombia (RSF) -- Journalists in Colombia threatened by the paramilitary group “Bloque Capital - Águilas Negras” were due to hold a meeting on Thursday to publicize the dangers they face. The group has given news outlets a deadline of 1 January to leave the cities where it operates.
December 2, 2014
BOGOTA, Colombia (PXP) -- Colombia will shine bright to welcome the holiday spirit. The tradition of the Festival of Lights or “Alumbrado Navideño” is celebrated every year throughout the month of December with events open to the public, including block parties, free concerts, religious traditions and...
December 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA (BGIS) -- Barbados and Colombia have taken significant steps to improve the exchange of information on arrangements with the signing of a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) recently. The Barbados-Colombia signing took place on November 25, in Washington, DC.