News from Colombia:
September 16, 2014
MEDELLIN, Colombia -- The construction materials industry in Colombia has responded to the needs of international markets as it offers quality, value-added logistics and trade advantages. The Expocamacol Fair 2014 was proof of this, as Colombian exporters responded to the specific demands...
September 15, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland -- A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
September 4, 2014
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Cartagena de Indias, the picturesque colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, is experiencing major growth in investment and international arrivals, leading to huge gains in tourism and business development, according to Proexport Colombia, the country's trade...
August 14, 2014
CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Colombia -- Cartagena de Indias is recognized as one of the most beautiful and best preserved ancient cities of America. Today, the walled city opens its doors to thousands of Colombians and foreigners who wish to have the wedding of their dreams in a destination full of magic and charm.
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.
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.
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.
May 21, 2014
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).
May 19, 2014
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2014
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
February 7, 2014
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.
January 16, 2014
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.
December 30, 2013
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...
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...
November 8, 2013
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...
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.
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...
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.
September 14, 2013
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.
September 11, 2013
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.