Diapositiva 1 - Embajada de Colombia en Bélgica

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Diapositiva 1 - Embajada de Colombia en Bélgica
No 18
Photograph awarded 1st place in the contest “Colombia Revela” 2014
THE NETHERLANDS:
THE MOST DYNAMIC
MARKET IN NON-RESIDENT
FOREIGN VISITORS TO
COLOMBIA.
According to recent data from
Procolombia, Dutch tourism in Colombia
increased by 66% during the 2013-2014
period, thus becoming the leading
country in terms of upward variation of
non-resident foreigners visiting our nation.
These statistics evidence the progress in
our good bilateral and trade relationship,
as well as the fruits of the Colombia’s
participation, over the last five years, at
the Vakantiebeurs, one of the most
important tourism fairs in the Netherlands.
The return of KLM airline to Colombia will
surely further contribute to the promotion
of tourism, one of the most relevant
sectors for energizing growth in the
country’s economy.
http://www.colombia.travel/en
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CHALLENGES FOR THE
COLOMBIAN DAIRY
SECTOR
Colombia is the fourth largest milk
producer in Latin America after Brazil,
Mexico and Argentina. The policy of the
Colombian National Government for this
sector
is
focused
on
improving
competitiveness
by
developing
strategies and tools that allow for
lowering
production
costs
and
increasing productivity, with a view to
deepening and diversifying domestic
and foreign markets.
In light of the above, the Netherlands
Enterprise Agency - RVO, ascribed to
the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
carried out a sector study in our country
in order to identify opportunities for
collaboration and transfer of knowledge
and technology to the Colombian dairy
sector.
Likewise, economic growth and a
growing
middle-income
population
entail an increasing domestic demand
for high-quality dairy products. To meet
this demand, the Colombian dairy sector
must undergo a modernization process.
This provides opportunities for Dutch
companies.
Given the importance of the event for
our country and for this sector, a
delegation of the Embassy of Colombia
in the Kingdom of the Netherlands
attended the presentation of the study
which took place on 26 March in RVO
offices.
One of the greatest opportunities
emerging from the report produced by
RVO is the enormous scale potential to
be derived from improvements in
pasture
management
for
milk
production.
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WOMEN IN KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
IN THE FIELD OF LAW:
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
On the occasion of International
Women’s Day 2015, the Embassy of
Colombia was proud to co-host, along
with 15 other Embassies in the
Netherlands, the event Women in Key
Leadership Positions in the Field of Law:
Global Perspectives, held on 10 March
at the Sociëteit De Witte, in The Hague.
The distinguished panelists were H.E.
President (ret.) Dorit Beinisch, The
Supreme Court of Israel; H.E. Prosecutor
Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal
Court; H.E. Judge Joan E. Donoghue,
International Court of Justice; H.E. Prof.
María Teresa Infante, Ambassador of
Chile to the Netherlands; and Dr.
Liesbeth Lijnzaad, The Legal Adviser of
the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.
Mrs.
Corinne
DettmeijerVermeulen, Dutch National Rapporteur
on
Trafficking
in
Human
Beings
and Sexual Violence against Children in
The Netherlands, was the moderator of
the event.
In front of a 250-plus audience, the
panelists
engaged
in a candid
exchange on their remarkable careers.
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In
an
environment
marked
by
camaraderie, they offered insights into
their unique perspectives on varied legal
issues and career challenges, shared
their views on their most significant
experiences
and
achievements,
generously answered questions from the
audience and shared valuable advice
to those embarking on a career in
international law.
Fuente: PUM Holanda.
Fuente: PUM.
THE NETHERLANDS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST IMPORTER
OF CACAO, REPRESENTS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
FOR OUR PRODUCT
The Netherlands is one of the main
centres for import, re-export and
worldwide distribution of cacao. The
cacao traders in this country distribute
the product to companies and buyers,
mainly in Europe. Hence, a delegation
of the Embassy of Colombia and
Procolombia participated in different
activities that took place during the
Chocoa Fair.
Chocoa is an annual event, unique in
the world. It brings together chocolate
lovers, traders, buyers, connoisseurs and
chefs in the Netherlands, thus building a
bridge between the production and the
consumption of chocolate.
One of the main objectives of
promoting our cacao is focused on the
need to identify potential markets and
consumers of fine or flavour cacao. This
will allow us to have a realistic approach
to potential strategic partners for the
commercialization of Colombian beans.
It is also necessary to identify trends and
opportunities in
the various potential
http://www.cbi.eu/About%2520
markets, as well
as the international
CBI/subweb/integrated-countrycompetition that
our national cacao
programme-colombia-/294359
sector faces in terms of cacao variety
and quality.
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NEW DUTCH
SUSTAINABLE
WATER TECHNOLOGY
FOR COLOMBIA
the Corporation for the Sustainable
Development of the Archipelago of San
Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina
CORALINA,
the
water
and
environmental authority for the island,
considered it essential to set in place a
sustainable system for water and
electricity production.
Solteq Energy, a Dutch innovative startup, developed a new type of windmill
which converts wind energy into high
pressure which, in turn, is channeled to
a desalination unit (reverse osmosis) to
produce fresh water. Since wind energy
is not constant, excess energy will be
used to produce electricity as well.
The Netherlands are installing a windmill
that produces both water and electricity on
the Colombian island of Johnny Cay.
The Colombian island, close to San Andrés,
receives 350.000 tourists per year. Therefore,
On behalf of the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign
Affairs,
the
Netherlands
Enterprise Agency – RVO provides a
financial contribution to the Johnny Cay
project through its Transition Facility
program.
EVENT TO WELCOME TO THE NETHERLANDS THE
BENEFICIARIES OF COLFUTURO SCHOLARSHIPS
By means of a conference offered by
professor Mario Chacón from New York
University in Abu Dhabi, last 25 March the
Embassy of Colombia welcomed to the
Netherlands
the
beneficiaries
of
Scholarships granted by the Foundation
for the Future of Colombia – COLFUTURO
in order to carry out master or doctoral
studies in this country.
The interesting conference was followed
by a pleasant cocktail.
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CBI EVENT FOR DUTCH COMPANIES
interested in importing colombian products
Representatives of the Embassy of
Colombia in the Netherlands participated
in the event organized by the Dutch
Centre for the Promotion of Imports from
Developing Countries – CBI (for its
acronym in Dutch) on 16 March 2015. The
purpose of the event was to convene
various Dutch importers interested in
establishing or strengthening business
relationships with Colombia, by learning
about new
possibilities relating to
Colombian products and services.
During the 5-hour long event, experiences
were shared among Dutch importers,
information on Colombian companies in
the CBI program was provided and further
cooperation opportunities were explored.
The Embassy of
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Colombia
distributed
copies of the flyer “Colombia” to the
attendees, offering a general overview
of the financial stability and commercial
dynamism of our country.
http://www.cbi.eu/About%2520CBI/subweb/inte
grated-country-programme-colombia-/294359
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DIANA ALARCÓN, JULIANA NIÑO Y JAIME A. PEÑA
Business Bridge is a consortium of business consultants in The Netherlands and in
Colombia, specialized in bilateral relations between these two countries, which
provides services for commercial and cooperation projects. Business Bridge works with
companies and governmental in both States. In the Netherlands, the pillars of the
organization are Diana Alarcón and Juliana Niño, two Colombian professionals who
have been living and working in this country for many years. Business Bridge’s pillar in
Colombia is Jaime Andrés Peña, a consultant with 12 years of business consulting
experience in various sectors. Together, these Colombian professionals form a mirror
structure that allows the company to provide an integral support to organizations both
in Colombia and in The Netherlands.
Although the consortium was officially formed at the end of 2013, it started concrete
activities in the beginning of 2014. At that time, Juliana and Diana had just finished
working together with a team of experts on a multi-sector value chain analysis study
commissioned by the Dutch government organization CBI (Centre for the Promotion of
Imports from Developing Countries). Their collaboration was positive and evidenced
skills and areas of expertise that were complementary for both of them. Shortly after
the end of the CBI project, they engaged together with their Colombian partners, and
with Colombian association in the fruit and vegetables’ sectors - ASOHOFRUCOL, on a
new project to promote the opportunities offered by the European market to
Colombian fruit producers.
Having reinforced their complementarity and work compatibility through these
projects, Diana and Juliana agreed to become partners officially and initiated
together a number of projects in various sectors both in Colombia and in the
Netherlands. One of these projects was the fact-finding study commissioned by the
Dutch government organization RVO (the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) on the
Colombian dairy sector and the opportunities it offers to the Netherlands. The results of
this study and the opportunities identified will be presented at the end of March to the
Dutch sector during a seminar to be offered by RVO in The Hague.
The team became complete when Jaime Andrés joined it as partner at the end of
2014. At this moment, the consortium is performing and structuring projects in various
sectors such as BPO (Business Processing Outsourcing), dairy, aquaculture and clean
energy.
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