$5 mn for cocoa fields renovation

The Ministry of Agriculture announced two cocoa plantation programs in Colombia. With $2 million (Co$ 7. 5 billion), the first one seeks to directly support the renovation of 4,000 hectares of cocoa. The second one, with $3.5 million, aims to fund credit lines for renovation. These programs will be carried out in collaboration with the national federation of cocoa growers (Fedecacao). Today, Colombia produces 63,416 tons of cocoa in 188,000 hectares, benefiting 52,000 families in 422 municipalities.

Drummond is certified as an authorised economic operator (AEO) in Colombia

After four years of audits, the multinational coal producer Drummond was certified in Colombia as an authorized economic operator (AEO) by the national tax and customs agency (DIAN) and the Anti-Narcotics Police. This certification is led by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and seeks an agile, transparent and safe trade. According to Drummond, it will … Continue reading Drummond is certified as an authorised economic operator (AEO) in Colombia

Colombia to produce 12% of energy from renewable sources by 2023

To increase to 12% the share of energy from non-conventional renewable sources, diverse companies plan to increase their green investments. In 2021, Celcia is investing about $349 million (Co$ 1.3 trillion). EPM announced plans to invest between $500 million and $1.5 billion in 40 different projects in the longer term. By 2026 the central government expects 6,180 MW from no conventional sources

Central government secures $5.5 bn for major urban transport projects

The central government of Colombia has secured funds for the three most important railway projects for urban transport in Colombia. The Bogotá Metro, the Regiotram de Occidente in Bogotás metrepolitian area and the Avenida 80 light metro in Medellín. The central government will pay 70% of the total cost of each project while the local governments the other 30%.

Renewable energy projects to benefit local municipalities

The Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia issued several regulations on electricity royalties from non-conventional renewable projects. Generation plants with a total installed power capacity higher than 10,000 KW will transfer 1% of their gross energy sales to local municipalities. For projects with a capacity larger than 20% of the average national generation capacity, the transfer rate will be 2%. In detail, 40% of the value will go to municipal governments and the other 60% to local ethnic communities. Yet, the government is expected to provide further information on the latter.

Gradual tax on coal and gas

The tax bill proposal contemplates a gradual carbon tax on coal and natural gas in Colombia. It starts with a grace period valid until 2024. After that year, a 20% tax will take place and will increase by 20 percentage points yearly until the proposed tax rate is fully applied in 2027. According to the minister of energy, Diego Mesa, this gradualness allows thermal agents to incorporate clean technologies to reduce their CO2 emissions.

FDI falls by 42.1%, Central Bank

In the first quarter of 2021, inward foreign direct investment in Colombia totalled $ 1. 6 billion, while in the same period last year, it was $ 2.85 billion, revealed the Colombian central bank. The oil, hydrocarbons and mining sector continues to attract most of the investment. This year so far, it amounts to $ 1. 14 billion. Conversely, the central bank reported an increase in outward investment in the same time, from $713 million to $ 1.07 billion.

Colombian government rejects giants Coca-Cola and Bavaria merger proposal

The Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) of Colombia rejected the integration proposal between two of the largest companies in the local beverage industry: Bavaria and Coca-Cola. In 2019, both companies reported almost $2 billion (Co$ 7.1 trillion) in sales. In the proposal, the companies sought to create an exclusive alliance to jointly distribute their products and supplies. According to the SIC, this merger would limit the consumers' decision-making and create entry barriers to other companies.

Colombia pledges to half GHG emissions by 2050

In the ongoing 2021 Climate Summit, Colombia's president Ivan Duque reaffirmed the goal to reduce by 51% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To do so, Colombia will invest, among other strategies, in cleaner urban and freight transport policies. Mr Duque also encouraged other global leaders to sign this new environment protection agreement, which has been signed by 84 countries so far.