Colombia protests continue in Bogota

People march in Colombia's capital Bogota, amid a wave of daily protests that have been taking place since April 28. The anti-government demonstrations are fuelled by ongoing violence and economic hardship - which have been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Colombia unrest: Widespread protests continue

Protests continue across Colombia, with dozens of people dead and hundreds injured since they began on 28 April The demonstrations were originally against tax reforms that its government said would be key to handling the country's economic crisis – reforms its president has since withdrawn. But the protest movement has grown to include calls for improvements to the country's pension, health and education systems.

Moody’s warns Colombia about tax reform withdrawal

Moody has warned Colombia's credit rating outlook after the government withdrew its tax reform from Congress. According to Renzo Merino, senior vice president and analyst at Moody's Colombia, this situation increases uncertainty about the government's ability to consolidate its fiscal balance in the medium term. It also affects other socioeconomic concerns, increasing the need to expand the current budgetary capacity to provide greater social programs to the population. Moody's said it would reassess some of the items it considered last year to give the current negative outlook for Colombia.

Colombian PMI reaches highest value in six months

The Private Managers Index (PMI) survey measured by Banco Davivienda increased by 1.6 percentage points compared to the previous month. It rose from 52.4 in March 2021 to 54 in April 2021. This latest result lies above 50.8 points, the average measure calculated by Davivienda in the long term. The Increase in local demand and succesfull merchandising strategies are among the various factors that Davivienda found as growth drivers.

More than 50,000 restaurants have closed down due to Covid-19

According to the Colombian Association of Restaurants, Acodres, around 50,000 restaurants have permanently closed since the covid-19 pandemic started 15 months ago. As of March 2021, Acodres recorded 48,900 closures, and preliminary results reveal that 470 restaurants closed in April 2021. The association also informed that 17% of Colombian restaurants are currently operating on weekends only.

Colombian Peso the most devaluated currency in the world

After the Colombian government withdrew yesterday its tax reform bill and the Minister of Finance, Alberto Carrasquilla, presented its resignation, the Colombian peso (COP) became the most devalued emerging currency this year by falling 10.21% against the US dollar. Over the past five days alone, amid social unrest and violent protests nationwide, the Colombia currency has devaluated by Co$ 99.95 against the US Dollar, amounting to a total of Co$384.13 this year. Yesterday it hit a six month high of Co$ 3,813.64 per one USD.

Codensa’s net profit up by 20%

The energy distributor Enel-Codensa's net profit increased by 20% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period last year. It reached a net profit of $62 million (Co$ 230,639 billion). Its operating also increased by 3.7% to $392 million (Co$ 1.46 trillion). These results are correlated to the recent increase in the base of assets approved by the national government in 2020, informed Enel-Condensa.

Colombian’s sovereign bond spread widens by 20%

Colombia’s dollar bonds are being priced as though they were already junk as investors bet that the government will fail to raise taxes enough for the country to cling onto its investment-grade credit rating. With investors pricing in a high likelihood of a ratings downgrade, the country’s average sovereign bond spread has widened by 20 … Continue reading Colombian’s sovereign bond spread widens by 20%

New tax bill proposal lowers revenues to $5.3bn-4.8bn

After most political parties in Congress dismissed the Government tax bill reform, the Government has changed its proposal to reach a consensus. The Ministry of Finance announced the first revision to the original project, lowering expected revenues from $6.1 billion (Co$ 23.4 trillion) to between $5.3 (Co$20 trillion) and $4.8 (Co$18 trillion). It also informed that tax on public services will no longer be in the new bill.