Embassy of Colombia Monthly Newsletter - February 2021

Embassy of Colombia Monthly Newsletter - February 2021
Boletín Mensual de la Embajada de Colombia | Febrero de 2021
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Colombia otorga estatus legal a 1,7 millones de migrantes venezolanos en una decisión histórica

President Iván Duque announced Colombia's decision to grant legal status to 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants who have arrived in Colombia. The announcement was made at a joint press conference with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on 8th February. UNHCR has described the gesture as the most significant humanitarian decision in the region in decades. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Blum, added that "it is a historic decision for the region and the world, based on the principles of solidarity, fraternity and equity that govern our immigration policy." There have been a number of reactions in a host of international and Irish media outlets. The announcement prompted a wide ranging discussion about the generous measure and what it means for Venezuelan refugees and Colombia.  


Smurfit Kappa announced early this year the construction of a new plant in Antioquia 

Smurfit Kappa Colombia announced the construction of a new corrugated cardboard facility in Guarne (Antioquia) to commence in the second quarter of 2021. Alvaro José Henao, president of the company in Colombia, pointed out "with a market which demands more sustainable, innovative and efficient packaging, investment in Colombia is supported by the Smurfit Kappa Group, that recognises the country´s positive development dynamic and talent”. The paper and packaging company is also investing in its paper sacks business in the Latin American market in response to growing market trends and the increasing need for environmentally sustainable products. Find out more.


Colombia to extend the bilateral cooperation with NATO until the end of 2021

Colombia, only partner of NATO in Latin America since 2017, has been developing common approaches to security challenges in areas such as intelligence-sharing, cyber defense, maritime security, the fight against corruption, and terrorism and its links to transnational organised crime. The cooperation with NATO has allowed for the reinforcing of the capabilities of the Colombian armed forces through education and training. Colombian Vice Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs Adriana Mejía, Vice Defence Minister for Strategy and Planning Jairo García, and NATO representatives decided to extend their bilateral cooperation at the end of January 2021. New areas of cooperation could potentially include resilience, interoperability and defense capability planning. Read more.

Caño Cristales | Photo by Mario Carvajal

Colombia joins the World and Tourism Council and obtains 'Safe Travels' seal

Los Llanos made it into the 52 places to fall in love with in 2021 according to The New York Times, while Colombia prepares for a new era of nature led tourism through its agency ProColombia. The government agency will work closely with World and Tourism Council to remove travel barriers, restore tourist confidence and provide a safe travel experience. It will also have the opportunity to get involved in the development of joint projects, share best practices and receive information and data from the international organization. The WTTC has granted Colombia with the 'Safe Travels' stamp designed to support the responsible and safe reopening of the tourism sector worldwide. Read more.

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