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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.

Commentary: Opportunist or visionary for peace: Comprehending Colombia's president

November 13, 2014
Commentary: Opportunist or visionary for peace: Comprehending Colombia's president 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.

Barbados and Colombia to open tax treaty talks

November 8, 2014
Barbados and Colombia to open tax treaty talks 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.

Colombia responds to international market demand for construction materials

September 16, 2014
Colombia responds to international market demand for construction materials 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...

Colombian women's network receives annual UN refugee award

September 15, 2014
Colombian women's network receives annual UN refugee award 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).

Colombia's Cartagena on track to be next business and leisure hub in Latin America

September 4, 2014
Colombia's Cartagena on track to be next business and leisure hub in Latin America 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...

Cartagena: Newest hotspot for luxury weddings

August 14, 2014
Cartagena: Newest hotspot for luxury weddings 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.

Colombia launches first-ever information technology campaign

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.

Colombia's economy grows 6.4 percent, follows China as fastest growing country

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.

EU amends list of Caribbean nationals exempt from Schengen visa requirement

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.

Regional workshop supports efforts to attract green FDI

May 21, 2014
Regional workshop supports efforts to attract green FDI 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).

OAS secretary general welcomes new achievement in peace talks in Colombia

May 19, 2014
OAS secretary general welcomes new achievement in peace talks in Colombia 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.

Peace talks continue in Havana between Colombian government and rebels

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.

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.

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