News from Colombia:
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.
November 19, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Over the past decade, Colombia has become a leader in the energy sector of Latin America, creating an ideal opportunity for Caribbean investors looking to tap into an emerging energy hub. The sector has a potential to generate billions in the next 20 years and create tens of thousands of jobs.
November 15, 2014
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.
November 13, 2014
Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, 2010-present, celebrated his second successful presidential campaign on June 15. Perhaps much of his victory can be attributed to his persistent advocacy for peaceful negotiations, initiated on August 27, 2012, with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
November 8, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados and Colombia are in the process of determining the next steps for launching talks on a tax treaty. Minister of industry, international business, commerce and small business development, Donville Inniss, made this disclosure recently.
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.