Low Productivity: the Elephant in the Room in Colombia’s Minimum Wage Debate

Negotiations on the minimum wage in Colombia are fast approaching. On the one hand, unions will demand an increase above inflation to safeguard their purchasing power, which has been badly hit by the recent...

Colombia’s Coffee Output, Exports To Hit 25-year High

Colombia’s recovery in coffee output, and exports, will progress faster than had been thought this season, US officials said – but on an assumption of “normal” weather, even as ideas of La Niña grow. The...

Colombia: Is Cocoa The New Cocaine?

38,000 Colombian families will now work together as a new company called María del Campo, which will operate under a similar business model of that of coffee growers. The long-term project will be based out...

Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore Begin Free-Trade Negotiations with Pacific Alliance in Colombia

On Monday, in the city of Cali, Canada began the first round of formal negotiations to forge a free-trade agreement with the Pacific Alliance. Along with three other nations — Australia, New Zealand, and...

Avianca In A Battle For Supremacy Of South America’s Skies

Over the past couple of decades, consolidation and bankruptcies have reshaped the airline industry in North America. Historic brands such as TWA, Continental, Northwest, and US Air have gone away, with new ones like...

Colombia’s President Santos Admits that His Government Has Run out of Money

The Colombian Federation of Education Workers began a strike this week in hopes of improving wages and bonuses for educators, but Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos said he doesn’t approve. Trade union members said that...

Banco de Bogotá launchs chain of supermarket mini-branches

  Banco de Bogotá has partnered with Colombian supermarket chain La 14 to install correspondent banking locations within its stores. Each point of service, known locally as a “corresponsal,” will serve as mini-branch that allows customers to make payments, withdrawals, deposits,...

Trump ‘Aims To Slash Aid to Colombia’

  US President Donald Trump has proposed US Congress to cut economic aid to Colombia by 21.1% from $133 million to $105 million, according to Foreign Policy magazine. While this would be a sizable cut, it would...

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

TODAY COLOMBIA - In its annual outlook, a Panama-based publication recently ranked the best global locations to buy real estate this year, and two of the largest cities in Colombia — the “irresistible” Cali...

Hilton Medellín Hotel Planned to Open in Colombia’s Second City in 2019

TODAY COLOMBIA - Hilton has partnered with Colombian construction company Constructora Colpatria on a franchise license agreement to build the new multi-million hotel Hilton Medellín. According to the U.S.-based hospitality leader, the 25-story, 206-room development...

Amazon Web Services Opens Office in Bogotá

TODAY COLOMBIA - Amazon Web Services has opened its first office in Bogotá. This makes Colombia home to another Latin American office established by the online retail giant’s cloud services arm, with the first...

Colombia, Central America and the needle trade

TODAY COLOMBIA - Two Colombian textile and apparel sector companies are expanding in Central America, with the expectation of creating some new 1,700 jobs, mostly in Nicaragua, the result of a US$8 million investment...

Bogota Hit by Xenophobic Attacks on Chinese Merchants

TODAY COLOMBIA - In the heart of downtown Bogotá is the sector known as San Victorino. There the inhabitants of the Colombian capital can find all kinds of imported products at prices much lower...

Colombia, Latin America’s 4th Largest Economy: Prosperity Index

TODAY COLOMBIA - The Legatum Prosperity Index 2016 ranks Colombia as Latin America’s 4th largest economy. Overall Colombia ranks 72nd of 149 on the prosperity index., the Legatum reports says, despite positives in Colombia's economic...

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

TODAY COLOMBIA (Prensa Latina) An investigation carried out by the Public Ministry of Panama, concerning a ghost company of Odebrecht provided information for the corruption scandal that shakes Colombia, publishes today daily La Estrella...

Colombian Exports Register Major Drop in 2016 as Fuel and Manufacturing Suffer

TODAY COLOMBIA - Colombia closed 2016 with a noticeable drop in exports in 2016, according to the National administrative Department of Statistics, having gone from US 35.6 billion to US $31 billion. Fuel reportedly registered the strongest...

So How’s That Medellin Tech Hub Going?

(TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-Chronicles - Around 2011 and 2012 the city of Medellin, Colombia began trying to bill itself as the Silicon Valley of Latin America. It is a wealthy city on Latin...

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The latest threat to peace in Colombia: Congress

The peace process in Colombia has reached a new landmark. On Nov. 30, both houses of Congress approved a bill establishing an alternative criminal...

El Dorado Expansion Adds to Colombia’s Biggest Airport

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the new international wing of El Dorado the country’s most important airport. The new wing cost approximately...

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Colombia: Gold or Water?

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Colombia: People suffer high levels of violence despite peace process

Violence remains a major problem for a large part of Colombia’s population, despite the end of the conflict with the FARC-EP, according to a...