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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.

Colombia moves closer to circus animal ban

May 9, 2013
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The Colombian Senate’s Fifth Committee has approved a draft bill to end the use of animals in traveling circuses. The 8 to 1 committee vote (4 absent) sends the Bill to the plenary session and was welcomed by Animal Defenders...

Colombia peace talks make progress in Cuba

May 6, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Peace talks in Havana between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the government of Colombia made important advances, according to both delegations.

Venezuela president alleges plot as opposition goes to court

May 4, 2013
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Recently elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that former president of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, was plotting to kill him. "Uribe is behind a plot to kill me," Maduro said on national television.

Colombia peace talks resumed in Havana

April 25, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The parties involved in the Colombia peace talks underway in Cuba, resumed talks on Tuesday with the commitment to advance a solution for the social and armed conflict in that country.

Commentary: The US war on communism, drugs, and terrorism in Colombia

April 20, 2013
On Thursday, September 6, 2012, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, rejected a proposed bilateral ceasefire by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels aimed at bringing an end to Colombia’s decades of armed conflict.

Cartagena to host 20th annual cruise conference and trade show

April 16, 2013
PEMBROKE PINES, USA -- The historic city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, will set the stage for the 20th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show, taking place September 30 - October 4, 2013.

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