In the past two years, coca production in Colombia has increased by 50%, and in areas where the drug is produced, killings of local political activists are escalating even more rapidly. Last year alone saw a 45% increase. The killings mostly occur in areas that were at war from 1964 to 2016, when FARC rebels …

Colombia is preparing to present a bill that could radically change its currency by proposing to reduce the peso per thousand units. President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday, via a statement from his office, that the Colombian Congress will vote on March 16 on whether or not to delete three zeros in the peso. …

How have low oil prices affected the Colombian economy? MA: While it is true that the Colombian economy has traditionally been strongly influenced by oil prices, in recent times the country has entered a period of diversification. Between 2013 and 2014, oil exports fell by almost 50%, from $ 60 billion per year to around …

The Council, by a new resolution, decided that the United Nations Verification Mission, on a temporary basis until January 9, 2018, “will verify the respect of the temporary, bilateral and national ceasefire with the ELN at the levels national, regional and local “. “[It shall also] strive to prevent incidents through better coordination between the …

The Colombian government on Thursday pledged that it would quickly implement a peace deal after Congress approved an amended deal with Marxist rebels two months after voters rejected the original deal in a referendum. The lower house unanimously approved the new deal on Wednesday evening, a day after the Senate gave its support. “Now we …

“[The Secretary-General] commends the parties for their determination to end this long-standing conflict. He congratulates all those who have constructively participated in the dialogue that led to the new agreement, “said a statement released this evening by a UN spokesperson, who noted that the new agreement was reached as a result. broad consultations with the …

Santos, who announced the new deal in a televised address Tuesday night, said the signed pact should be submitted to Congress for approval. Santos’ coalition holds the balance of power in Congress, so the deal is likely to pass. A peace deal negotiated earlier this year with FARC rebels was narrowly defeated by Colombian voters. …

The Colombian government and left-wing rebels said they would sign a modified peace deal on Thursday despite strong resistance from former President Alvaro Uribe. The signing ceremony promises to be more subdued than the heavily symbolic one that several heads of state attended in September in the colonial city of Cartagena. Reflecting the darker mood …

Colombian police guard Electricaribe’s main offices.Hugo Penso (EFE) More information The Colombian government has temporarily taken control of the ailing electricity distribution company Electricaribe, 85.38% owned by the Spanish electricity company Gas Natural Fenosa. Tuesday’s decision by the Superintendency of Residential Utilities, or SSP, Colombia’s utility regulator, was aimed at ensuring continuity of electricity supply …