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Colombia has signed a free trade agreement with neighboring country Panama, the Trade Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Colombia secures FTA with Panama posted by Hannah Mead     (Photo: El Espectador Latino) Colombia has signed a free trade agreement with neighboring country Panama, the Trade Ministry announced on Tuesday.   Trade Minister Sergio Díaz-Granados Guida said that Colombia sealed the deal in the early hours of Saturday morning after a long negotiating process, which began in 2010 and involved seven rounds of talks with Panama. The agreement is expected to have a positive impact on Colombia’s economy, as Panama’s market represents a number of exportation opportunities in industrial and agricultural goods. The Central American nation’s economy experienced a 10% gr...

How many Americans have retired abroad? www.iLoveLatins.com

How Many American Retirees Live Overseas? Posted: 06/05/2013 8:04 am   Read more   Americans Abroad, Falklands War, U.S. State Department, Best Places To Retire, Live Abroad, post50, Retire Overseas, Retirees Overseas, Retire Overseas, Fifty News   1 0 2 3 GET FIFTY ALERTS: SIGN UP       How many American retirees live overseas? People ask me this question all the time. The truth is, I have no idea... and neither does anyone else. But, for the first time ever, I'm going to wager a guess: I'd put the figure at 1.4 million. How many American expats live abroad, including retirees but excluding government and military personnel? I'd ...

600 new Colombian companies have started exporting to the U.S. since the implementation of the FTA, www.iLoveLatins.com

Colombia-US trade surplus narrows despite efforts to increase growth posted by Joey O'Gorman       Colombia’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed in May as policy-makers decide to leave interest rates unchanged for the second straight month while extending dollar purchases. In the first four months of the year, the trade surplus with the U.S. was $1.394 billion, down from $3.551 billion in the same period in 2012. This follows revelations on the May anniversary of Colombia’s Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. that exports to the U.S. had dropped 13% while imports increased 15%. BACKGROUND: Colombia exports to US down 13% after implementation of FTA Colombia’...

We start our lunch with the liquid namesake, Club Colombia, a delicious lager with just enough foam. :) www.iLoveLatins.com

PHOTO: RICHARD EMBLIN Tradition at your table ON JUN 1, 2013 • BY CLAUDIA MAHEDY    0 0 0    0digg0stumble0   HOME » DINING » TRADITION AT YOUR TABLE I can think of no better place to relive the flavors of my childhood than Club Colombia. As I walk to the restaurant I remember how relatives would fondly greet us outside a house which looked very much like the corner house in the Zona Rosa with its red brick facade and circular driveway. Instead of meeting my Aunts, who passed away many years ago, we are welcomed by a waist coast maitre’d who escorts us to a table . The interior of the house is splendid. While the traditional architecture has been maintained, e...

Bogota fought off competition from Medellin and Cali to secure the title of best city in Colombia for investment,

Bogota Colombia’s most competitive city: Study posted by Hannah Mead     Bogota's official logo Bogota fought off competition from Medellin and Cali to secure the title of best city in Colombia for investment, researchers said Wednesday. In the list compiled by the Bogota-based Rosario University and the Chilean company Business Intelligence, five Colombian cities gained top-30 positions in the regional ranking. Latin America’s most competitive cities Santiago Sao Paulo Mexico City Lima Bogota Monterrey ...

Colombia OECD, a place at the top table awaits

Colombia OECD, a place at the top table awaits Colombia has begun accession talks on entering the prestigious Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it was announced Thursday. Ministers from each of the 34 member states agreed to invite Colombia to begin negotiations during the annual meeting of the organisation in Paris. It means that Colombia is set to join the elite club of 34 of the most economically developed liberal democracies in the world, including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Colombia will be the third country from Latin America after Mexico and Chile to join the organisation which was originally set up in 1961. President Santos was in jubilant mood speaking after the announcement: “It means that ...

Pacific pride, I reflect on what a privilege it was to have been able to visit this uniquely beautiful region of Colombia,

PHOTO: RICHARD EMBLIN Pacific pride BY EDWARD DAVEY    47 5 0    2digg0stumble0   HOME » FEATURES, HOMEPAGE FEATURED » PACIFIC PRIDE As whale watching season approaches, one NGO sets an example as to how best promote a region and its peoples. An inspiring community eco-tourism initiative operates in one of Colombia’s poorest, most remote and most beautiful places – Nuquí – and in the heart of the Chocó on the Pacific Coast. ‘Mano Cambiada’, an enterprise set up by Josefina Klinger and other community members in Nuquí – will look after you on arrival by plane from Medellín, arrange your accommodation in...

Waterfall to remember...Colombia, South America is full of Natural Wonders...

PHOTO: JON STIBBS Waterfall to remember ON JUN 1, 2013 • BY JON STIBBS    0 0 0    0digg0stumble0   HOME » HOMEPAGE FEATURED, TRAVEL » WATERFALL TO REMEMBER A short trip into the folds of the verdant Cordillera Oriental, which contains Bogotá, is the highest known waterfall in Colombia. However, ask most locals about La Chorrera and they’ll look at you as if you’ve stirred something long forgotten. Somehow, the 590 meters of roaring water cascading through the jungle cliffs has been erased from the collective memory of the millions of people living a mere hour’s drive away. It was an early start: bleary eyed and shambling at 6.30 am, I...

Nestled at the end of a stunning Caribbean coastline, surrounded by untamed jungle, ancient forest cities, a protected nature reserve, and the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, lies one of the world's best-kept secrets...for now.

Chill On The Riviera Maya This is one of the top beach destinations in the world according to Tripadvisor Dear Reader, Nestled at the end of a stunning Caribbean coastline, surrounded by untamed jungle, ancient forest cities, a protected nature reserve, and the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, lies one of the world's best-kept secrets...for now. Here you'll find miles of crescent-shaped, coral-sand beaches, lapped by turquoise waters. The world's second-longest coral reef hugs the seashore. You won't find high-rise condos, giant shopping malls, or screaming spring-break crowds on these tranquil beaches. Million-dollar homes and chic boutique hotels dot this coastline. Home to a protected biosphere and UNESCO world heritage site, ancient Mayan ruins a...

Running an Import-Export Business Part-Time

Running an Import-Export Business Part-Time by Judy Miranda Print  1 236     Shortly after arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Judy stepped into the home of a family of weavers. Shortly after arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I stepped into the home of a family of weavers. The room was swept and straw mats were spread over the meticulous dirt floor ready for the day’s work to get underway. I wasn’t just here to watch how these craft workers produced their renowned cloth…I was here to give it a try. So, a back-strap loom was produced and fastened around me. Next, weaver Maria sat me down on ...
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