Colombia-UK relations

A new phase in Colombia-UK relations

As Colombia negotiates peace, so the United Kingdom negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union: both countries on the edge of huge possible change, both dealing with legal and popular opposition to those changes.
Colombian military, defence industry

Military spending: The economy of defence

One of the consequences of years of violence is that Colombia has spent decades investing in its military capacity. Marian Romero finds out more about the considerable market potential of the country’s defence industry.
workplace gender equality

Gender equality: Women working for less

The second gender equality ranking in Colombia was published last month. Laura Sharkey spoke to several women workers to understand what’s behind the numbers.
Eco Oro Colombia

Eco Oro threatens to sue Colombia over páramo

With three international mining company Eco Oro threatening to sue Colombia, Julian Kircher takes a look at a classic case of green vs gold, as environmental ethics tangle with economic expansion.
Latin America Asia Trade Links

Latin America and Asia trade links: Tigers courting jaguars

Separated by the largest water mass on the planet, Latin America and Asia are perhaps not the most obvious of business allies. Siddharth Mohan looks at the evolution of ever-increasing trade links between the two continents.
emerging markets, Robert Abad, Emerging market economies

Embracing the big picture

Emerging market economies, not least Colombia’s, are facing severe headwinds and investors – be they restaurant owners or oil magnates – are facing new challenges. Robert Abad, a seasoned emerging markets fund manager turned mentor, tells Olly West that, when doing business in the developing world, it’s important to keep things in perspective.
Ana María Ibáñez, post-peace economy

The long-term benefits of the post-peace economy

Although benefits from the signing of a peace deal will not outweigh the external pressures on the economy in the short term, the positive impact of the end of the internal conflict will be felt for decades to come.

The thorn in Ecopetrol’s side

The ambitious construction programme at Reficar, Colombia’s largest oil refinery, was initially budgeted at USD$3.89 billion, but it looks like the final bill will be over USD$8 billion – or 3.4% of the country’s GDP – sparking national outrage.
Zidres law Colombia

Sector focus: Plan Z aims to reignite agriculture

As the peace talks in Havana enter their final months, the government is intensifying its focus on rural development as it seeks to increase state presence and create hubs of economic development in some of the country’s long neglected regions. Mat Youkee explains the thinking behind the Zidres law.
Business cartels in Colombia

Crackdown on business cartels in Colombia

As business cartels come under fire from anti-corruption movements in Colombia and beyond, Laura Sharkey explores what some of the more recent price-fixing scandals...

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La Niña

La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
FILBo 2017

Somos libros at FILBo 2017

As Corferias throws open its doors for almost two weeks of bookish action, there’s talks, authors, cultural celebrations and of course books galore. Our team is on the ground to bring you the best of FILBo 2017.
Salento Colombia

The spectacular sights of Salento

Coffee is not the only reason to visit the quaint village of Salento, there are also wax palms, Willys Jeeps and hummingbirds as David Maas finds out.
FILBo 2017

FILBo 2017

Bookworms that we are, we open the pages of FILBo 2017 and say bonjour to the continent’s biggest celebration of reading. This year it's celebrating 30 years, and we ask how to get the most out of the region’s biggest book fair? Christopher Outlaw gets some expert opinions.
Champs bar Bogotá

Bogotá’s very own sports bar

”It’s the only true sports bar in Bogotá”, says Robert Garcia, the man behind Salitre-based Champs. And his claim is well founded: there may...
Santa Fe Bogotá

A portrait of Santa Fe

Once a prestigious district, home to poets, intellectuals, traders and merchants, Santa Fe is now a red light zone, home instead to strip clubs, sex workers and brothels. Fayida Jailler speaks to two artists who are working to capture the realities of Santa Fe, an area that has become synonymous with sex.

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