Executive Briefing: The U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement has received significant attention in the U.S. news media this year. Therefore, it is important to understand what the U.S.–Colombia agreement is designed to do, why U.S. businesses support it, why there is opposition to it, and how it relates to other trade agreements involving the U.S. and other Latin American countries. Opens in PDF.
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Regulatory Agency Sites
The Communications Regulation Commission, also known as Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC), regulates communications by promoting fair competition, issuing regulations and permits to operators, determining standards for equipment, monitoring services, and resolving conflicts among consumers and operators. The site contains information about the CRC, its ongoing projects, the telecommunications industry as a whole, and citizen services. Recent press releases and other important notices are also available. Only available in Spanish.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, also known as Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural, is in charge of the safety, development, and productivity of the agricultural industry in Colombia. The site provides information regarding the organization's regulations and programs. Only available in Spanish.
The National Institute of Health, also known as Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), is responsible for the medical research and regulation of the Colombian healthcare industry. This site contains information on public services and educational resources for the public. Mostly available in Spanish, although there are some pages available in English.
The Supervisory Agency of Finance, also known as Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia, is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the entire financial services industry in Colombia. This site provides a list of regulations, recent financial news sorted by sector, a data and reports library, and information for consumers and supervised institutions.
The Colombian Space Commission, also known as Comisión Colombiana del Espacio (CCE), strengthens Colombia's knowledge of the Earth and outer space by means of modern technologies and information provided by missions on communications, Earth observation, and satellite navigation. The CCE website contains information about the commission's various areas of regulation as well as a listing of upcoming events. A library of publications contains publications about geographic analysis, science and technology, satellite navigation, and agency documents. Site is only available in Spanish.
The Bogota Chamber of Commerce, also known as Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, supports the entrepreneurial sectors and collaborates with the Colombian national government in the regulation of the business community. The site includes information regarding the procedure of starting a business, strengthening of business, and business registration and renewal. It also contains research about the economic climate of Bogota.
The Colombian Venezuelan Chamber, also known as Cámara Colombo Venezolana, is an economic integration chamber and a private organization with a goal to strengthen trade and investment between Colombia and Venezuela. Publications and economic research articles on business issues in both countries are provided on the site. There are also categories for events within the organization and services for businesses in the two countries. Only available in Spanish.