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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...

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Colombian journalist

March 5, 2015
UNESCO chief condemns killing of Colombian journalist 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.

Press association outraged at journalist's murder in Colombia

February 20, 2015
Press association outraged at journalist's murder in Colombia 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.

Colombian trade event attracts 3,700 entrepreneurs to Bogota

February 20, 2015
Colombian trade event attracts 3,700 entrepreneurs to Bogota 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.

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland 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.

Simultaneous drug trafficking and money laundering arrests in Puerto Rico, Florida and Colombia

January 31, 2015
Simultaneous drug trafficking and money laundering arrests in Puerto Rico, Florida and Colombia 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...

American Airlines adds six new routes to Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America

January 31, 2015
American Airlines adds six new routes to Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America 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...

Aruba opposes Curacao's request for visa exemption for Colombians

January 14, 2015
Aruba opposes Curacao's request for visa exemption for Colombians 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.

Colombia: the fastest growing country brand value in Latin America

January 14, 2015
Colombia: the fastest growing country brand value in Latin America 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.

Colombia brings new opportunities for 2015

December 23, 2014
Colombia brings new opportunities for 2015 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.

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report 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.

Colombian journalists meet to protest threats from criminal gangs

December 12, 2014
Colombian journalists meet to protest threats from criminal gangs 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.

Colombia lights up for Christmas

December 2, 2014
Colombia lights up for Christmas 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...

Barbados signs tax agreement with Colombia

December 1, 2014
Barbados signs tax agreement with Colombia 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.

Colombian energy industry offers Caribbean investors high potential for near-term gains

November 19, 2014
Colombian energy industry offers Caribbean investors high potential for near-term gains 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.

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey 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.

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