Embassy of Colombia Monthly Newsletter | December, 2021

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Embassy of Colombia Monthly Newsletter | December, 2021

The OECD projected Colombia's economic growth in 2021 will be 9.5% 

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) highlighted Colombia's economic performance, and projected that GDP growth will be 9.5% this year and 5.5% in 2022. In its recent economic outlook report, the organization also indicated that Colombia will be among the world's countries with a higher growth this year, and identified private consumption, the distribution of vaccines and the strength of raw material prices as the main drivers of this performance.

We invite you to read the profile of Ireland-Colombia trade and business links in the Winter Issue of the IBEC magazine Europe & Global Focus.


A Journey on Peace Implementation: Building on Achievements and Sharing Experiences panel discussion 

On 13th December, the Embassy of Colombia in Ireland, in collaboration with The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, presented the panel discussion A Journey on Implementation of the 2016 Peace Agreement in Colombia: Building on Achievements and Sharing ExperiencesPanelists included Presidential Counsellor for Stabilization and Consolidation, Emilio José Archila Peñalosa; EU Special Representative for Human Rights and EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia, Eamon Gilmore; and Assistant Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Irish Ambassador to the UN (designate), Fergal Mythen. The discussion was opened by Glencree CEO Naoimh McNamee, with welcome remarks by Colombian Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Patricia Cortés Ortiz, and moderated by Glencree Community & Political Programme Manager, Pat Hynes. Watch the event again.


Colombia becomes a full member of the International Cocoa Organisation

In December Colombia became a full member of the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO). Welcoming the news, the ICCO Executive Director Michel Arrion said “We are pleased to welcome Colombia as the 52nd Member of the ICCO. Colombia’s membership is tangible proof of our shared commitment to achieve a more sustainable world cocoa economy through enhanced cooperation between exporting and importing countries”. During its stay in Colombia, the ICCO delegation also had the opportunity to liaise with relevant Colombian associations, such as Fedecacao, which played a key role in the completion of this process, and with private sector representatives, as well as visiting one of the main cocoa producing regions in the country.


We invite you to celebrate Christmas with the colours of Colombian traditional crafts

With a call to position Colombian crafts at the highest level of intellectual property, and consider artisans as small exporters, President Iván Duque opened on 7th December the thirty-first Expoartesanias fair, which, in person, expects more than 60,000 visitors in 2021. "We have to position craftsmanship at the highest level of intellectual property, because they are hours of talent.” mentioned President Duque in its opening speech.

This year, the Embassy of Colombia in Ireland paid homage to wood and tamo, one of Colombia's craft in the form of Christmas cards. At the start of December, we also held a special screening of Disney's Encanto with over 150 guests, a celebration of these colourful crafts, gastronomy and Colombian charm still available in cinemas!  

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