Category archives for Economics

Poverty is a vicious circle

There are many ideas of poverty.  I was grown as a poor kid in a Medellín´s commune (poor and violent), but it does not make me an authorized voice to say what poverty is at all.  Sociologists, policy designers and other scientists study poverty, so they can make more exact definitions.  But some people suggest […]

Rajoy became Obama’s bellboy

The incident of a presidential aircraft forced down in Europe this week touches the height of absurdity and damages the image of standing democracies of countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and, of course, United States of America, culmen democratia. Although the pink South American bloque made by Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia is not my favorite one, […]

Cambodia targets Chinese tourism

Cambodia is targeting Chinese tourism and it is planning already the construction of a Chinese town in Phnom Penh. Chinese are flooding the planet not only for business or migration, but also they are becoming consecrated travelers. Cambodia sees it as an opportunity to welcome more international visitors not only to its millennial temples, but […]

Working for a Christmas Gift

1,6 million children work in Colombia The 12th of June was marked by the SIMPOC as the International Day for the Elimination of Child Labor in a reality that can be astonishing in the world. To say how many children work in the five continents is difficult because in many nations the phenomenon has not […]

Argentina has the best schools of economy in LatAm

The best schools of economy in Latin America are in Argentina, according with the research of AmericaEconomía. The 2009 ranking of the best schools of economy in the region measured three dimensions: actions in the support of social labor, the size in the number of graduates and the professional success reached by its more outstanding […]

Costa Rica with the best place for living in LatAm

According with a recent study of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Costa Rica was perceived as the best place to live in Latin American and the Caribbeans. It has the best standard of life, economical situation, and the best national system of health and education, according with its own people. The results, published also by […]

Colombia will become destiny of migration

There have been only two big groups of foreign migration into Colombia since the 16th century: the Spaniards that led a conquest over the territory and migrated by different groups over the next 300 years, and the Arabs since the 19th century. Other groups of migrations have been less notice and rapidly integrated to the […]

Unemployment, the crisis legacy

Unemployment is the first evident consequence of the global financial crisis, accordint to the Economic Commision for Latin America and the Caribbean region (CEPAL). When economic is reduced, the numbers in unemployment grow naturally. In Latin America, unemployment was 7.5 percent in 2008, while it grew to 9 percent during the first four months of […]

Medellín, Model City for What

It seems that to state Medellín as “Model City of Development”, according with the IDB considerations, is difficult to accept for many. Moreover, Colombia has been chocked by some events that seem to defeat that optimistic vision of an improvement in security: young guns in the cities, paramilitary groups are back and the so call […]

Chávez in Iran

The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, arrived to Tehran to pay a “strategic visit” in order to tie political and economical links with the ayatollahs’ regime. He will visit China and Japan after. Chávez will meet president Mahmud Ahmadineyad, a radical conservative that has visited Venezuela as well and some other Latin American nations. Iran, […]

Colombia, luxury destination according to US travel guide

If in past decades it was crazy to think in Colombia as a tourist destination, things are changing. The interest for the South American nation is growing, especially in US and Europe that used to regard Colombia as a pariah country and a dangerous spot. But is it true that Colombia is a safe place […]

Lula and Obama, Latin America and USA

For many observers the meeting of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Washington with US president Barack Obama was the first important encounter among US and Latin America during the government of the new president at the White House. Undoubtedly, Lula became one of the most representative political leaders of the region and […]

We keep our workers in time of crisis, said Latin American magnates

Cartagena de Indias. The richest men of Latin America came to this city in what they call “Parents and Sons Meeting” this week. They intend to discuss immediate actions to prevent the effects of the global recession in the region. But what is interesting is the type of language they are using: to face it […]

Medellín, Art and Development

Medellín is ready for great challenges again, this time different to those of violence that made its name internationally infamous. The city of Juanes, Fernando Botero and Camilo Villegas is showing its face as a model of development. At least it is recognized by the Inter American Development Bank that decided to have Medellín as […]

Welcome to Colombia without visa, said President Uribe

Does your country ask visa to Colombians? Then, Colombia does not ask visa to you Bogotá. President Álvaro Uribe said today in Corferias that Colombia will facilitate the coming of international tourism for example abolishing visas. His statement was given during the opening of the 28th Tourist Exposition of the Colombian Association of Travel and […]

Palmira ready for a country of fashion

If Colombia has a fame of having very beautiful women, we can not ignore that Colombia is a Latin American center of fashion, thanks to its development in the textile industry since the beginning of the 20th century. Of course, the industries were settled in big cities like Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla, but it […]

World leaders looking solutions for crisis

By Albeiro Rodas | Art by Haro Asia | ColPass. While many stand to wait a magician act from new US president Obama to resolve the most irresponsible financial crisis of the modern times, political leaders look for solutions in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland in the annual World Economic Forum that will end tomorrow. There have been […]

Alo President? – ¿Sí Presidente? Obama called Uribe

Uribe in Europe to participate in the World Economic Forum The possibilities of a meeting between Obama and Uribe became almost a myth. The first ally of Bush in the Western Hemisphere and the new president of the United States that has opposed the approval of the free trade agreement with Colombia due to unsatisfied […]

The world will witness the transformation of Colombia by Medellín

Interview to Mateo Restrepo, Manager of the Assembly of Governors of DIB Medellín is getting ready for the Assembly of Governors of the Development Inter-American Bank, DIB, between 27 and 31rst of March. It is expected the assistance of about 4 thousand international experts to the second largest economical city of Colombia in Plaza Mayor, […]

Chile should be First World for 2020

Chile should be a country of the so called First World for 2020. At least it is the will of the government of president Michele Bachelet. It was in 2008 when the Minister of Public Works launched a challenging project in infrastructures to develop the country with the year 2020 in mind: the country should […]

A friendly press conference between two controversial presidents

Cartagena | ColPas. The meeting of the two most controversial presidents of Latin America in Cartagena de Indias was rather friendly. Even if journalists touched hot subjects like the Farc hostages that broke relations between Chávez and Uribe since November 2007 or the issue of the reelection that both leaders are looking. But the most […]

Colombia and Venezuela set up fund to finance micro and small enterprises

Cartagena | ColPas. The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela announced the creation of a fund to finance micro and small enterprises as a measure to face the the global recession. The fund will start with resources for 200 million dollars with an equal participation of both countries.

Colombian flowers for St. Valentine

Americans will give Colombian flowers in St. Valentine day again. About two million boxes will leave the South American country to reach the US markets this week, according to reports of Asocolflores to Caracol broadcasting.

What Uribe and Chávez will talk in Cartagena

The two most famous presidents of the Americas will meet in Cartagena de Indias at the end of this month. On 24th January Álvaro Uribe of Colombia and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela will have a meeting to discuss the effects of the financial crisis in the two South American nations.