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Panama Papers law firm accused of helping Colombians evade taxes on $20bn

May 20, 2016
Panama Papers law firm accused of helping Colombians evade taxes on $20bn MIAMI, USA -- The Colombian ministry of finance, after a visit to the Bogotá offices of Mossack and Fonseca, has alleged that the Panama Papers law firm and other Panamanian offshore specialists assisted Colombian nationals in evading taxes upon approximately $20 billion.

Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure

April 16, 2016
Colombian and Venezuelan smugglers detained in $32 million cocaine seizure SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and the USS Shamal successfully interdicted more than 1,110 kilograms of cocaine and detained four suspected smugglers in international waters in the Caribbean Sea on April 7. The suspected smugglers...

World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean

March 17, 2016
World Happiness Report 2016 update shows significantly more inequality in Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on Wednesday in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20, and shows that two regions – the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean...

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

Ally of former president directs efforts to unseat Panamanian government from Colombia

February 13, 2016
Ally of former president directs efforts to unseat Panamanian government from Colombia MIAMI, USA -- Salomón Shamah, the former Panamanian minister of tourism, under the former government of Ricardo Martinelli, is reportedly directing an operation the goal of which is the resignation of the current Varela administration or, failing that, initiating a coup d'état in Panama.

Colombia National Aviary takes flight in Cartagena

February 11, 2016
Colombia National Aviary takes flight in Cartagena CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Travellers who venture to the resort destination of historic Cartagena have a new attraction to visit. After exploring the UNESCO walled city, head to the National Aviary, which opened last week. Owner and developer Rafael Vieira spent the last ten years...

Obama acknowledges Cuba role in Colombian peace talks

January 26, 2016
Obama acknowledges Cuba role in Colombian peace talks HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- US President Barack Obama thanked the Cuban government for hosting the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) guerrillas. Obama made his statement to Bogota’s El Tiempo newspaper in which he said that...

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms

January 4, 2016
Commentary: Two hundred years ago, Haiti received Simon Bolivar with open arms December 28, 2015, marked the 200th anniversary (December 28, 1815) of the visit by Simon Bolivar to Les Cayes, Haiti, seeking assistance from Alexander Petion, president of Haiti, in his quest to liberate Latin America from Spain colonial rule and its world order of slavery.

Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises

November 21, 2015
Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises During this year (2015) two major territorial and border issues flared up between Venezuela and its neighbours to the east and west. In May, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro issued a decree claiming almost all of Guyana’s maritime space as well as portion of Colombia’s offshore waters.

Avianca to connect Bogota with Barbados

October 31, 2015
Avianca to connect Bogota with Barbados BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Thousands of South Americans keen on taking a holiday in the Eastern Caribbean island of Barbados will have a new non-stop option via Avianca from December 2. The new Bogotá to Bridgetown direct flights, with flying time of just three hours and 10 minutes, will be operated on...

Colombia continues to strengthen as a world-class event destination

September 17, 2015
Colombia continues to strengthen as a world-class event destination BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Over the last decade, Colombia has emerged as an important world class event destination. In 2014, according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), with 150 meetings held, the country ranked as the third meeting destination in South America.

UN chief offers 'good offices' support in Colombia-Venezuela border dispute

September 14, 2015
UN chief offers 'good offices' support in Colombia-Venezuela border dispute NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed to the foreign ministers of Colombia and Venezuela that he “trusted” their countries would address the border challenges they faced through constructive dialogue, and offered his “good offices” mediation services.

Colombia, a strategic ally for the Caribbean agribusiness industry

September 1, 2015
Colombia, a strategic ally for the Caribbean agribusiness industry 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...

Colombia and Venezuela called on to resolve border situation through dialogue

August 29, 2015
Colombia and Venezuela called on to resolve border situation through dialogue 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...

Important hydrocarbon discovery made in Colombian Caribbean ultra-deepwater

July 30, 2015
Important hydrocarbon discovery made in Colombian Caribbean ultra-deepwater 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.

Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

July 18, 2015
Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market 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.

Changing the international perception of the Caribbean from tourism

July 7, 2015
Changing the international perception of the Caribbean from tourism 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.

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean 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...

Record-breaking remittances received in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2014

May 13, 2015
Record-breaking remittances received in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2014 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...

UN deputy rights chief says 'peace is the only option' for Colombia

April 23, 2015
UN deputy rights chief says 'peace is the only option' for Colombia 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...

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

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...

Colombia seeks more investment from the Caribbean

March 26, 2015
Colombia seeks more investment from the Caribbean 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...

Colombia features exotic fruit exports to Canada

March 20, 2015
Colombia features exotic fruit exports to Canada 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.

OAS member states highlight importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug related offenders

March 16, 2015
OAS member states highlight importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug related offenders 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.

Colombia offers unique experiences in religious tourism during Holy Week

March 16, 2015
Colombia offers unique experiences in religious tourism during Holy Week 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.

Two Colombian journalists murdered in past three weeks

March 6, 2015
Two Colombian journalists murdered in past three weeks 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...

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