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President Santos launches crusade against drug dealing spots throughout the country

Bogotá, April 11, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State reiterated that the authorities will note ease the pace and will be relentless in their determined and forceful fight against criminal gangs.

‘Peace is the utmost commitment we can offer to our victims:’ President Santos

Bogotá, April 10, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State recalled victims’ testimonies from different parts of the country, “of so many Colombians who have lost something, who have something to mourn”, to tell them: “we are acknowledging them today.”

The State does not have the capacity to repair all victims overnight: : President Santos

Bogotá, April 9, 2014 (SIG). “We have made monumental institutional and financial efforts, efforts which the whole world acknowledges,” President Santos said on occasion of the Victims’ Day, and added that more than 350 thousand victims have received reparation.

We have kept our word with Antioquia and Colombia, says President Santos

Itagüí, April 8, 2014 (SIG). “The promises are written there and the results are stated therein,” the Head of State pointed out.

We are not coming to Buenaventura with promises, but rather with actions that are already under way: President Santos

Bogotá, April 7, 2014 (SIG). He reminded that the Cabinet Council met last Friday at the port and pointed out the Government’s commitment is not only in words but also in deeds, through physical presence.

We received the health system under intensive care and we have been recovering it: President Santos

Bogotá, April 7, 2014 (SIG). President Juan Manuel Santos stated today that his government received the health system “under intensive care” and that it’s being recovered step by step.

The Government is determined to change the situation that Buenaventura is facing: President Santos

Buenaventura, April 4, 2014 (SIG). Upon presenting a balance of the security results in this Pacific port, the Head of State pointed out that there have been no homicides in Buenaventura for 19 days.

Our great challenge ahead is peace, President Santos pointed out in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of La República newspaper

Bogotá, April 3, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State said that achieving peace will bring about positive consequences of all sorts for the country, but “from an economic point of view it’s the best possible deal.”

Homicides fell by 23 percent in the country so far this year

Cali, April 3, 2014 (SIG). President Juan Manuel Santos stated this Thursday that between January 1st and March 31st this year, homicides dropped 23 percent in the country.

Northern Ireland encouraged me to persevere in the peace process: President Santos

Bogotá, April 1st, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State thanked Northern Ireland’s support for the peace dialogues being held at Havana.

President Santos pointed out that 328 thousand jobs were created this past February

Bogotá, March 31, 2014 (SIG). The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, highlighted this Monday that 328 thousand Jobs were created in the country during the month of February.

As long as the conflict persists, I will not cease to protect all Colombians, stated President Santos

Neiva, March 29, 2014 (SIG). “I will not cease to protect all the citizens, in every corner of the country, until we manage to end the conflict,” stated the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, upon concluding a meeting with the mayors of the Department of Huila.

President of Colombia backs South America’s efforts to improve the situation in Venezuela

Bogotá, March 27, 2014 (SIG). “We are all interested in the improvement of the situation in Venezuela, we all grieve for Venezuela and we wish the situation gets back to normal,” the Colombian Head of State said.

President asks to leave the comfort of criticism aside and help in finding solutions to achieve peace

Bogotá, March 27, 2014 (SIG). “What lies ahead –if we reach the final agreement- will be a real peace building national campaign. It will be the joint achievement of a new general framework of tolerance that will teach us that there is room for us all and a country for every one of us,” the President said during the Assembly of the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce held in the county´s capital.

Transmilenio users should feel safer with the incorporation of 300 police officers, stated President Santos

Bogotá, March 26, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State announced the creation of the 155 hotline, enabled to receive reports, complaints and claims for abuses committed within the capital’s mass transport system.

President Santos announces measures to solve Bogota´s main problems

Bogotá, March 25, 2014 (SIG). Four priority fronts and nine specific actions were defined, President Santos said in explaining the results of a 5+ hour meeting of the Cabinet Council held on the holiday this Monday.

President Santos asks the peasants to carry on with the dialogues instead of resorting to extralegal actions

Tunja, March 25, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State said that a new agricultural work stoppage would cause terrible harm to the country, as well as to the farmers.

President summons Cabinet Council to analyze Bogotá’s situation

Bogotá, March 21, 2014 (SIG). The session will study which fast-track measures can be taken to benefit Bogotá and its residents.

We will not hesitate if we have to adopt tariff measures in order to protect dairy producers: President Santos

Medellín, March 20, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State voiced his support for a powdered milk plant project that would create five thousand jobs.

The despicable murder of two heroes of our country will not go unpunished: President Santos

Bogotá, March 18, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State instructed the Minister of Defense and the Military Forces to redouble their actions against the perpetrators of the double murder.

‘In education you have to think big’, says President Santos

Bogotá, March 18, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State said that in order for Colombia to be the most educated country in Latin America in 2025, six conditions must be met, including bilingualism, teaching excellence, and more and better higher education.

‘I have instructed the ministers to continue the dialogues with peasant sectors’: President Santos

San Andrés, March 17, 2018 (SIG). “The inventory on the fulfillment of those commitments is highly positive”, the Head of State said after the Cabinet Council meeting held in en San Andrés.

The National Government responds to Buenaventura with health, education and social programs

Buenaventura, March 14, 2014 (SIG). The Vice Ministers of the Interior, Education, Transportation and Health replied to the concerns of social leaders and port authorities.

Since the first day of our government, I have found in the mayors the best partners for the country’s prosperity: President Santos

Bogotá, March 13, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State saluted the mayors in their day and stated that they are the main allies of the National Government in the task to transform and make a better country.

We are honoring the commitments acquired with the peasants: President Santos

Bogotá, March 12, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State made the statement upon concluding a four-hour meeting with the representatives of the rural sector, to review the status of the 183 agreed commitments.

Presidente saludó y dio voz de apoyo a deportistas que compiten en Juegos Suramericanos en Chile

Santiago de Chile, 11 mar (SIG). “La mejor forma de promover el deporte es a través de lo que ustedes están haciendo aquí en Chile: participando en los Sudamericanos, ganando medallas, dejando el país muy en alto”, le expresó el Presidente Santos a la misión colombiana de deportistas.

Our commitment is to defend the democratic freedoms of the Colombian people: President Santos

Bogotá, March 7, 2014 (SIG). We have told the UP that there is a democracy that offers the guarantees needed to participate without restrictions or threats, the Head of State said.

We will not provide any kind of military advantage to the Farc in this peace process

Bogotá, March 6, 2014 (SIG). President Juan Manuel Santos reiterated this Thursday that no military advantage will be provided to the Farc in the dialogue process, and only when the agreements are signed “will there be a ceasefire, and that’s when the guns will be silenced, not before.”

President Santos announces the strengthening of the stock exchange integration in The Pacific Alliance

Bogotá, March 6, 2014 (SIG). ‘The Finance Ministers have been instructed to draw a road map whereby new companies may be listed in the stock exchanges,’ the Head of State said.

´The Farc should make fewer statements and more agreements:’ Humberto de la Calle

Havana, March 6, 2014 (SIG). The head of the negotiating team stated at Havana that the statements of this guerrilla “are moving us away from the purpose of peace and reconciliation we are pursuing in these dialogues.”

We will not tolerate corruption or corrupt people: President Santos

Bogotá, March 6, 2014 (SIG). “We have prepared 116 actions in agreement with 24 National Government entities which, in coordination with the control bodies, will be carried out over the following four years,” the Head of State pointed out.

‘We are moving forward here, with our soldiers in mind:’ General (Ret.) Jorge Enrique Mora Rangel

Havana, Cuba, March 5, 2014 (SIG). Surrounded by the entire Delegation of the Colombian Government, General (r) Mora Rangel, in Havana, denied the rumors about his alleged departure from the Dialogue Table.

Over one trillion pesos of the PIPE will go the industrial sector in 2014

Bogotá, March 4, 2014 (SIG). The National Government, through Bancoldex, will inject over one trillion pesos in credits this year, aimed at strengthening industrial sector businessmen, thanks to the new resources from the Productivity and Employment Boosting Plan (PIPE, for its acronym in Spanish).

Transparency Secretary supports Emcoazar’s decision not to pay 54 billion to a company of ‘La Gata’

Bogotá, March 4, 2014 (SIG). This Tuesday, the Transparency Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic supported the decision of the Games of Chance and Gambling Enterprise of Sucre (Empresa de Juegos de Suerte y Azar de Sucre - Emcoazar), not to accept Aposucre’s claim for the department to pay them nearly 54 billion pesos as indemnification for alleged damages caused by the termination (last October) of the contract that awarded them the Chance game concession for five additional years.

More than 34 thousand employees are telecommuting from their homes, the President disclosed

Bogotá, March 3, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State said that the National Apprenticeship Service (Sena) has introduced quality changes and stated that the entity is increasingly highly regarded by the Colombian people.

President Santos calls upon the country to shift from the battle of weapons to the Battle of Flowers

Barranquilla, March 1, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State made the call during the opening of the Barranquilla Carnival, declared by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity ten years ago.

President celebrates unemployment reduction during 41 consecutive months

Bogotá, February 28, 2014 (SIG). “41 consecutive months creating jobs, winning the battle against unemployment, and we’re out for more!”, the Head of State said after the Dane (National Statistics Department) revealed the figure for the month of January.

Elimination of the EU visa is very good for the pride of the Colombian people, President Santos said

Bogotá, February 27, 2014 (SIG The Head of State said at the Casa de Nariño that the “overwhelming majority” decision made by the European Union nations “represents that Colombia is being viewed with very different and very positive eyes.”

‘We’re increasingly positioning ourselves as a sporting powerhouse:’ President Santos

Bogotá, February 26, 2014 (SIG). “I’m sure that you will do a wonderful job,” the Head of State said upon handing the Flag to the Colombian delegation that will compete in the 10th South American Games in Chile.

‘Colombia opened its doors to the world and the world is opening its doors to Colombia’

Bogotá, February 26, 2014 (SIG). President Santos stated it, pointing out that there are now 32 countries which don’t require entry visas for Colombians to travel to their territory. And he added that he is confident that the European Parliament will promptly put an end to the cumbersome formalities required to visit the 26 European countries that belong to the so called Schengen area.

President Santos celebrates that mayors are preparing for the post-conflict

Bogotá, February 25, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State told the mayors that the National Government counts on them to build, as of now, the post-conflict conditions and to plant seeds of reconciliation rather than hatred. 

‘We’ll do everything in our reach to provide full guarantees to Aída Avella and all other candidates:’ President Santos

Bogotá, February 24, 2014 (SIG). Yesterday, the Head of State contacted the candidate of the Patriotic Union (UP), Aída Avella, “to express, on behalf of the Government and of all Colombians, our solidarity and our rejection” after the assault against her.

All of Colombia stands by its Army, Colombia as whole supports it: President Santos

Tolemaida Fort, February 23, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State reminded that, as of the inception of the Transitional Justice reform, State agents could also receive its benefits.

I will not allow our Army’s name to be tarnished: President Santos

Bogotá, February 21, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State said that the Army is one of the flagship institutions which should be protected at all costs.

‘Institutions should be defended and they must be subject to an ongoing improvement process:’ President Santos

Cartagena, February 20, 2014 (SIG). “When we make tough decisions, such as those made this week, we are always thinking of preserving the institutional order,” the Head of State said.

100 thousand free housing solutions are being built in the countryside: President Santos

Bogotá, February 19, 2014 (SIG). The President stated it at the end of the Management Dialogue held this Wednesday at the Ministry of Agriculture, where he said that free housing has a greater impact in the countryside because poverty is more concentrated in rural areas.

Defending our military institutions has been a constant in my public life: President Santos

Sincelejo, February 18, 2014 (SIG). We have to act against the internal and external enemies of our institutions with full force, the Head of State said.

The Ministry of Transportation has trebled investments during this government

Bogotá, February 17, 2014 (SIG). The sector achieved a 92 percent execution rate and investments trebled, growing from an annual average of 2.2 trillion pesos between 2002 and 2010, to an annual average of 7 trillion pesos over the past four years, which provided an evident boost to the sector.

Colombia moves forward with the European Union on cooperation for the dairy sector

Bogotá, February 17, 2014 (SIG). There will be more support on technology transfer and productive transformation topics

The Minister of Justice and the Superintendent of Notaries open Streamlining Kiosks that simplify paperwork

Bogotá – February 5, 2014 (SIG). The online paperwork screens enable users to quickly obtain Certificates of Title and lien or encumbrance history. They were presented during the Management Performance Dialogues led by President Juan Manuel Santos at the Ministry of Justice.

‘Colombia is no longer a problem country and has turned into a relevant country’: President Santos

Bogotá, February 3, 2014 (SIG). “It’s so good to be able to say that our nation’s good present is also reflected in our international relations,” the Head of State said.

We’re winning the battle against unemployment: President Santos

Zipaquirá, January 31, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State said that his Government is not yet satisfied with the unemployment indicators and stated that the average 9.6% rate recorded in 2013 is “still too high.”

President Santos urges Colombians to seek peace together

Zipaquirá, January 31, 2014 (SIG). The Head of State pointed out that “divine inspiration” strengthens him in the search for peace, which he labelled as being of “supreme value for society”.

Latin American and Caribbean countries unanimously support the peace process in Colombia

Havana, Cuba, January 29, 2014 (SIG). This was stated in item 56 of the Final Declaration of the II CELAC Summit, document signed by all the Heads of State and Government who took part in this event held at Havana (Cuba).

President Santos is optimistic regarding Colombia’s participation in the World Cup in Brazil

Bogotá, January 28, 2014 (SIG). During the visit of the World Cup Trophy to the Casa de Nariño, the Head of State reiterated that this sport unites the country because if fills it with optimism and said that this was the feeling he saw in Radamel Falcao García when he visited him last Saturday in Portugal to wish him a prompt recovery.

The Government of Honduras decorated President Santos for his support for that country’s readmission to the OAS and for his help in the fight against drug trafficking

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 27, 2014 (SIG). Upon receiving the decoration, President Santos stated that the Government of Colombia is willing to continue supporting Honduras in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.

In 2014 all the country’s municipalities will be connected to the Internet: President Santos

Bogotá, January 2, 2014 (SIG). “Internet connections in Colombia have trebled in three years”, the Head of State said.

‘We hope that 2014 will be the year of peace:’ President Santos

Bogotá, December 30, 2013 (SIG). “This effort is not only of this government, it’s not only of this President; it’s an effort of all Colombians.”

´Peace is not achieved with the arrogance of revenge but rather with the humbleness of reconciliation’: President Santos

Bogotá, December 24, 2013 (SIG). “We plead for Colombia: Peace to all men and women of good will”, said the Head of State in his Christmas message to the Colombian people.

‘Not one more burnt child tonight or during the holiday season!’, the Head of State asked in his Christmas greeting to the Colombian people

Bogotá, December 24, 2013 (SIG). He reminded that a law was enacted last week providing drastic penalties for those who drive while intoxicated. “No more drunk drivers behind the wheel! Let’s not play with the lives of others!” the President said.

Remarks by President Juan Manuel Santos, in his Christmas greeting

Bogotá, December 24, 2013 (SIG). Over these days, Colombian families have gathered around a manger like this one and around the messages that Christmas brings to us. The manger is much more than the representation of a birth that changed the history of the world.

The Minister of Agriculture launched a card to reduce the costs of agricultural inputs at Corabastos

Bogotá, December 24, 2013 (SIG). The Banco Agrario will provide services starting at six in the morning from Monday to Friday, and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.

‘The new Colombia, the prosperous and reconciled Colombia we have dreamed so much, is starting to become a reality’: President Santos

Bogotá, December 23, 2013 (SIG). Upon sending his Christmas and New Year’s message to all Colombians residing abroad, President Juan Manuel Santos stated that the reconciled and prosperous country “is starting to become a reality.”

Greeting from President Juan Manuel Santos to Colombians resident abroad

Bogotá, December 23, 2013 (SIG). Dear compatriots who live abroad: the country is missed more than ever during Christmas, and that’s why I want to send you, on behalf of 47 million Colombians, a heartfelt greeting to all of you who are beyond our borders.

President Santos highlighted the results of the social policy

Bogotá, December 20, 2013 (SIG). In an interview with Vibra Bogotá radio station, the Head of State highlighted gratuitous education for boys and girls from grades zero through 11 and stated that over the last three years the inequality trends have been broken.

Remarks by President Juan Manuel Santos upon sanctioning the Law creating the Stamp in favor of the National University and other Colombian State Universities

Bogotá, December 20, 2013 (SIG). The Head of State pointed out that thanks to the law enacted this Friday, 5 trillion Colombian pesos will be allocated to public universities; and he stated that during this Administration, over 7 trillion Colombian pesos have been destined to Higher Education.

Remarks by President Juan Manuel Santos upon sanctioning the Law creating the Stamp in favor of the National University and other Colombian State Universities

Bogotá, December 20, 2013 (SIG). It’s a pleasure and an honor, Dr. Ignacio Mantilla (Rector of the National University), to be here at this event. As you stated, there’s something historical to it. Presidents don’t come to this auditorium every day. They don’t come to the National University every day. I’m very pleased to be here at the University, in this auditorium. And moreover, for an event as the one we celebrate today.

‘No more drunk drivers in the streets, no more victims of the criminal alcohol + gasoline cocktail’: President Santos

Bogotá, December 19, 2013 (SIG). Upon signing the ‘Law on driving under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances’, the Head of State instructed the Ministry of Transportation and the National Police to start the prompt and effective application of the measures “as of this coming weekend”.

President Santos announces price controls for 334 additional medicines

Bogotá, December 18, 2013 (SIG). “We’re speaking about several medicines sold at pharmacies and drugstores; hence, this measure will directly alleviate the out of pocket expenses of the Colombian people”, the Head of State said. On average, prices will be reduced by 40 percent. This measure will provide the system with savings worth an additional 200 billion Colombian pesos.

‘We have appointed the best team to defend Colombia against new claims from Nicaragua:’ President Santos

Bogotá, December 17, 2013 (SIG). “We have the best team of attorneys; I trust the concepts I’ve heard from them regarding the claims we are facing. I’m certain that we’ll be successful”, the Head of State declared in an interview with La W Radio.

Barroso calls upon the Farc to rise to the occasion of Colombia’s historical moment

Bogotá, December 12, 2013 (SIG). “I wanted to come and personally state the European Union’s support for this process and for the reforms started under the leadership of President Santos.”

A stable and long-lasting peace will be guaranteed by justice, stated the President of the Republic

Bogotá, December 11, 2013 (SIG). “Because Justice is an incalculable value we never cease to pursue as a society, and it’s a condition for peace,” the Head of State said during the Forum on Justice Reformed, summoned by the Congress of the Republic.

‘There’s no better guarantee for the well-being of a Nation... than to free it from the chain of violence!’: President Santos

Bogotá, December 10, 2013 (SIG). During the launching of the Comprehensive Human Rights Policy Proposal, the Head of State asserted that dialogue and reconciliation are the tools that will lead to the construction of a New Colombia.

Mandela’s legacy will live on with us, says President Santos

Bogotá, December 6, 2013 (SIG). The Head of State said this Friday that the death of the South African leader “is a loss for the entire world”. President Santos praised the “example of tolerance” given by Mandela.

President Santos and Tony Blair agree on the need for all Colombians to be united in order to achieve peace

Valledupar, December 5, 2013 (SIG). “We (in the UK) achieved peace because the people, as a whole, said: ‘Enough is enough, there has to be a better way’, and political issues were set aside to foster economic and social improvement”, stated former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Colombia wants to turn into a developed country: President Santos

Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 (SIG). The Head of State additionally stated that the Government’s aim is for Colombia to be “relevant country on a worldwide scale, rich in biodiversity, natural resources and human capital.”

President Obama congratulates President Santos for the “brave” efforts in the peace process

Washington, DC, December 3, 2013 (SIG). The President of the United States, Barack Obama, congratulated President Juan Manuel Santos today for the “brave efforts” of the Colombian Head of State in the peace process currently underway between the National Government and the FARC guerrillas.

The cultural industry is one of ‘the most useful for a country that is seeking peace’: President Santos

Bogotá, November 28, 2013 (SIG). "That is what we want in Colombia: more music, more books, more shows, more Colombians producing culture and employment; because with economies such as this ‘Orange Economy’, our future can be not the one fate had in store for us, but we can actually build the future we all desire”, the Head of State said.

‘The time has come for an all-out effort for peace:’ Humberto de la Calle, Head of the Colombian Government Delegation

Bogotá, November 19, 2013 (SIG). The official spokesman of the National Government’s Delegation at the dialogues in Havana submitted a report on the achievements over one year of the peace process.

The Head of State remembered the blows inflicted by the National Police against the Medellín and Cali cartels, as well as those against the successors of the big drug lords and members of criminal gangs.

Bogotá, November 6, 2013 (SIG). The Head of State remembered the blows inflicted by the National Police against the Medellín and Cali cartels, as well as those against the successors of the big drug lords and members of criminal gangs.

President asks bankers to lower credit costs in general for Colombians

Bogotá, October 23, 2013 (SIG). “Household consumption would continue growing, and the economy along with it,” the Head of State said.

Banking service access via mobile phones is a real technological revolution: President Santos

Neiva, October 16, 2013. (SIG). The Head of State said that remote access to banking services has reached 1,098 of Colombia’s 1,102 municipalities, thus becoming the Latin American country with the most bank correspondents.

Caldas is receiving nearly 44 billion pesos in tertiary roads: President Santos

Villamaría, Caldas, October 3, 2013 (SIG). The resources allocated to the department will benefit more than 25 municipalities, among them Villamaría, which secured investments worth 2 billion pesos for the construction of tertiary roads.

President Santos asks to pay no attention to what is said outside of the peace dialogues’ table

Soacha, Cundinamarca, September 27, 2013 (SIG). “I hope we could move faster, but we’re moving, and we´re heading in the right direction”, the Head of State said in relation to the peace dialogues being held in Havana.

President Santos launched high speed Internet in Providencia

Providencia, September 19, 2013 (SIG). "We have to think about education, about training human capital and providing the necessary basic services. And in facilitating that which is changing the world: technology,” the Head of State pointed out.

If we want true peace, we must conciliate ends that seem incompatible at first sight: President Santos

Medellín, September 18, 2013 (SIG). This is what transitional justice is about; about seeking “a comprehensive strategy that will simultaneously enable the maximum possible satisfaction of the victims’ rights and the achievement of a stable and long-lasting peace”, the Head of Stated pointed out.

President Santos swore four magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice into office

Bogotá, September 17, 2013 (SIG). Luis Armando Tolosa Villabona took office as member of the Civil Appeals Chamber; Gustavo Hernando López Agarra and Clara Cecilia Dueñas Quevedo, of the Labor Appeals Chamber; and Eugenio Fernández Carlier, of the Criminal Appeals Chamber.

Conpes approves funds that will provide broadband connection for all of the country’s municipalities

Bogotá, September 16, 2013 (SIG). President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the Council on National Economic and Social Policy (Conpes) approved additional funds this Monday for one trillion pesos in order to complete broadband connection for all the municipalities and reach the country’s most remote regions, as well as to install 4,200 Live Digital kiosks in rural zones aimed at reducing the digital gap.

‘I refuse to conceive an international justice system that blocks the path of a nation that is seeking to bring a conflict to an end’: President Santos

Cartagena, September 13, 2013 (SIG). The Head of State reiterated that he will submit this highly important topic for the country to discussion, at the United Nations General Assembly: that justice does not turn into an obstacle for peace.

Press Release

Bogotá, September 2, 2013 (SIG). At the Cabinet Council held today at the Casa de Nariño, the entire cabinet, including ministers, senior presidential advisors and secretaries, stated their full support for the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos.

Likewise, the members of the Cabinet Council made their posts available to the President, so as to enable him to freely decide any changes he may deem convenient.

Issued at Bogotá, on the second day of the month of September, 2013.

Thank you.

“Peace, it’s now or never. The conditions to reach a peace agreement are in place,” stated President Santos

Bogotá, August 27, 2013 (SIG). “Peace, it’s now or never. The conditions to reach a peace agreement are in place,” stated President Santos

President Santos sanctions law promoting credit access for small businesses

Bogotá, August 21, 2013 (SIG). Small businesses may obtain credits supported by personal property and market securities or futures, product of their work (asset collateral).

The Military Forces we have today are the best in our 200 years as an independent republic: President Santos

Tolemaida Fortress, August 5, 2013 (SIG). “Our Military Forces’ character is remarkable in all respects! Their determined frame of mind is restated on a daily basis!” said the Head of State.

The determination to have a more modern country has started to pay off: President Santos

Bogotá, August 1, 2013 (SIG). The Head of State highlighted that the management of the public finances has improved in public spending matters by focusing resources based on priorities aimed at reducing inequality and structuring a healthy, stable and competitive economy.

‘The time has come for us, as Colombians, to build memories based on the truth:’ President Santos

Bogotá, July 24 (SIG). During the delivery of the Report of the Historical Memory Center, the Head of State declared that this document “is a first window to the truth we owe to the victims in this country.” 

President Santos expects to agree rules of the game for working together with his Venezuelan counterpart

Puerto Carreño, July 22 (SIG). “We were one country, now we are two. But we can work together in many aspects as if we were one country. We are brother countries; we breathe the same air; we have the same culture, the same history; we have the same problems. That is why we are compelled to understand each other and work in a coordinated manner. And that’s what I’m going to look for this afternoon with President Maduro,” he said.

'Colombia’s Firemen begin a new history today’: President Santos

Bogotá, July 19 (SIG). In the investiture of the National Firemen Director, the President highlighted the firemen’s task and reiterated the Government’s support for this emergency response body.

President Santos states that a new coffee growers stoppage ‘would be tremendously unfair and counterproductive’

Pereira July 17 (SIG). The President urged those who would be promoting this stoppage “not to be manipulated, not to be influenced by interests alien to those of the coffee growers”.

The generous hand of the State receives you with all the guarantees we’ve promised, the President said to demobilized ELN members

Cali, July 16 (SIG). Thus stated President Juan Manuel Santos to the 30 ELN guerrilla members who demobilized this Tuesday.

Budget execution is running at a fast pace this year: Government

Bogotá, July 15 (SIG). As of last June 30th, 35.2 percent has been executed. This figure is 14 percentage points above the execution over the first semester of 2012. The report was given by the Minister of Finance, Mauricio Cárdenas, upon delivering the conclusions of the Council of Ministers and the Conpes (National Council on Economic and Social Policy), whose sessions were held this Monday at the Casa de Nariño. .

'We value the release of corporal Carlos Fabián Huertas as a gesture in the right direction by the ELN': President Santos

Bogotá, July 5 (SIG).

President declares frontal war against smugglers’ organizations, networks and properties

Buenaventura, June 26 (SIG). “You are a highly valuable target, you have just been included in that high value list”, the Head of State warned those who are part of the country’s smuggling organizations and networks.

Government announces measures to strengthen security in Buenaventura

Buenaventura, June 26 (SIG). The President stated that 10 Dijin investigators will be designated to support the investigation of forced disappearances in Buenaventura. Additionally, the security quadrants will be increased by 12 in that city, reaching 52 Police quadrants.

President Santos asks the people of Cali to report crimes in order for Law Enforcement to be more effective

Cali, June 25 (SIG). “In general terms the security topics continues to move forward” in Cali and Valle del Cauca, the President said upon concluding the meeting on the matter held this Tuesday in the department’s capital.

President of the Republic congratulates the National Police for capturing five assassins of the DEA agent

Cali, June 25 (SIG). President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the National Police this Tuesday for capturing five people charged with the murder of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) James Terry Watson, occurred last Friday in Bogotá, under the modality known as ‘millionaire trip'.

President Santos handed Cali the administration of its public enterprises

Cali, June 25 (SIG). The President stated that the 1 trillion peso debts that Emcali will pay the Nation are resources that will be reinvested in the development of water and sewage services for Cali.

Government reiterates its willingness to dialogue with Catatumbo peasants, but without de facto pressures

Bogotá, June 24 (SIG). The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Carrillo Flórez, stated this Monday that the National Government “reiterates today, as always, its willingness to dialogue without de facto pressures,” referring to the peasant march affecting the Catatumbo region (Norte de Santander).

President Santos requested the removal of the Article of the Penitentiary Code which established criteria for authorizing interviews with detainees

Bogotá, june 20 (SIG). “I have been a journalist my whole life and I have been a staunch defender of the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press,” said the President of the Republic and stated that the last thing he wants “is this Government being accused of being restrictive on freedom of expression matters.”

President Santos raises Colombia’s potential for the development of alternative sources of clean energy

Bogotá, june 18 (SIG). During the First Regional Forum of the 3GF - Global Green Growth Initiative, he stated that Colombia is exploring options such as wind, solar and geothermal energy.

President Santos invited Israeli entrepreneurs to invest in Colombia

Tel Aviv, June 12 (SIG). "Together we can create a huge synergy. We have many things that you need and you have many things that we need,” stated the Colombian President during his meeting this Wednesday with Israeli businessmen.

Great Britain’s Prime Minister states his support for the peace process

London, june 6 (SIG). President Juan Manuel Santos, after his meeting with Great Britain’s Prime Minister, stated that they spoke about peace, science and technology and economic matters.

President celebrates the eradication of ‘run down areas’ in 20 cities and orders 25 additional interventions

Bogotá, june 5 (SIG). In this first phase 1,641 people were captured and 98 properties were confiscated with the intent to expropriate

Colombia’s admission to the OECD is ‘an acknowledgement of the Government’s and the country’s achievements’: President Santos

Bogotá, may 30 (SIG). The Head of State highlighted that Colombia’s invitation to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), "is a reflection of the country’s transformation and a message in support of the tasks we have been undertaking."

New direct-loading coal port in Ciénaga ‘symbolizes our commitment to the environment, competitiveness and development’: President Santos

Ciénaga, Magdalena, May 29 (SIG). "We can extract mineral resources without destroying the environment," the Head of State said during the opening of the new coal export port in Ciénaga, Magdalena.

The Pacific Alliance is the new economic and development engine for Latin America and the Caribbean: President Santos

Cali, 23 may (SIG). "It is, first and foremost, an alliance for the well-being of 210 million people who inhabit our countries and –in a broader view- for the well-being of the whole region,” the President stated upon opening the VII Summit of the Pacific Alliance in Cali.

‘We have surpassed the one million houses promised during the campaign': President Santos.

Cali, 22 may (SIG). • During the handing over of 500 free houses in Cali, the President presented a balance of the social policy on housing.

• The Head of State also highlighted the approval by the Ministry of the Environment for the construction of the second generation of housing macro-projects.

The Pacific Alliance is a huge development opportunity for Colombia: President Santos

Bogotá, May 21 (SIG). “There will also be more tourism: cultural tourism; adventure and nature tourism; sun and beach, and this is another employment and income source for the country’s Afro population”, the Head of State.

Labor agreement between the National Government and public employees is ready

Bogotá, May 15 (SIG). • Salaries for year 2013 will be increased by 3.44 percent.

• The agreement, which will be formalized at the Presidency of the Republic, will remain in force until December 31, 2014.

‘Relations between Germany and Colombia are at their best moment:’ President Santos

Bogotá, May 10 (SIG). The Colombian Head of State also highlighted Colombian-German cooperation in science, technology, innovation, education, training, trade and investment.

Nothing is going to be negotiated at the table with the Farc in relation to the future of the Military Forces: President Santos

Bogotá, May 9 (SIG). If there are judicial benefits for the Farc, there will also be benefits for the Military Forces, the Head of State points out.

Colombia’s image is at a very high level today and the country is much respected, stated former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Bogotá, May 2 (SIG). Colombia’s image is at a very high level today and the country is much respected, stated former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

President Santos announces the construction of a supplemental airport for Bogotá in Madrid, Cundinamarca

Bogotá, April 26 (SIG). "That is why we are taking the pertinent measures to avoid that situation and the first phase of those measures was to move everything related to commercial aviation and what is called State aviation, that is, the Government’s and the Military Forces’ aviation to another airport that will be located nearby. It will be in Madrid, Cundinamarca," the Head of State explained.

President of Portugal offers support for the peace process in Colombia

Bogotá, April 16 (SIG).• “Colombia will always count on Portugal, as it can count on the support of all the European Union countries, to achieve progress towards peace as quickly as possible,” asserted the Portuguese Head of State.

Government launched the Productivity and Employment Drive Plan

Bogotá, April 15 (SIG).• The Plan envisages investments exceeding 5 trillion pesos and is estimated to create around 350 thousand new jobs during its execution period.

Ambassador of Portugal in Colombia presented credential letters to President Santos

Bogotá, April 11 (SIG). Mr. Joao Manuel Mendes Ribeiro de Almeida, Ambassador of Portugal in Colombia, presented his credential letters to President Juan Manuel Santos this Thursday. 

‘Today all Colombians, regardless of how they think, are united around peace’: President Santos

Bogotá, April 9 (SIG). • "We are moving forward at Havana, and with the support of the Colombian people, we'll move faster in order to enjoy, as quickly as possible, the fruits of peace", the Head of State assured.

‘The time to heal the wounds has come’: President Santos

Bogotá, April 8 (SIG). More than 85 thousand of the 160 thousand victims administratively indemnified by the State now have a Comprehensive  Attention, Assistance and Reparation Plan.

The enemies of peace are making up stories to poison the process: President Santos

The Governor of La Guajira, Juan Francisco Gómez, denied versions about an attack against him. He stated that it's not true that he was evacuated by law enforcement and that he was not in Barrancas but in Maicao.

President Santos labels the economy’s 4 percent growth in 2012 as good news

Bogotá, March 21 (SIG). "It fills us with optimism to keep on building a fairer, more modern and safer country”, the President stated.

In this Government we have delivered natural gas to 960 thousand families: President Santos

San Basilio de Palenque, Bolívar, March 20 (SIG). San Basilio de Palenque will have Internet connection, the President announced.

“The bills filed today should transform the health system model:” President Santos

Bogotá, March 19 (SIG). The President said this Tuesday, upon filing the bills of the statutory and ordinary health laws before the Secretary of the Senate.

President Santos highlights the full support of the National Unity Table for the Legislative Agenda

Bogotá, March 18 (SIG). Upon concluding the Cabinet Council held this Monday at the Casa de Nariño, President Juan Manuel Santos considered that the Health Reform project has a “very important scope towards improving this service for Colombians.”

Reforms and improvements to the coffee sector’s institutions are not ruled out: President Santos

• The Head of State informed that a high level independent commission was convened to submit proposals.

342 families from San Vicente del Caguán received land titles

• President Santos pointed out that 1.6 million hectares have been handed over to peasants throughout the national territory during the course of this administration. “In this Government we're determined and we're committed," he said.

‘As long as I see the counterpart is willing to reach an agreement, I'm not going to leave the table, I will persevere’: President Santos

• “This is a difficult decision made by the Government -I made it-, to negotiate in the midst of the conflict", the Head of State explained in light of the attacks and kidnappings by the Farc.

President reiterates the need for public authorities to work together

• “We must work together, in harmony, in order to bring about these reforms and actually achieve all the things we have to build", the President said in the induction into office of Pedro Octavio Munar as magistrate of the Administrative Chamber of the Superior Council for the Judiciary.

President Santos announces assistance package for the coffee growing sector

• The Government will allot 150 billion additional pesos this year for the payment of the Coffee Grower Income Support (AIC).

'If the willingness is there, I trust we will achieve peace this year:' President Santos

• The Head of State pointed out that with the implementation of the Victims and Land Restitution Laws, among others, peace is also being built.

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