Colombia and Japan—Colombia, a Country of Growing Opportunities


H.E. Mr. Gabriel DUQUE
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to Japan

As the new Ambassador of Colombia to Japan, I feel honored to have the opportunity to represent my country, and to contribute in strengthening the relationship between our two countries. I would like to express my special greetings to the Japanese people, as well as to the Diplomatic Corps based in Japan, for the warm welcome I have received.

I am convinced that Colombia and Japan have a very solid, rich and friendly diplomatic relationship, under the shared values of democracy, peace building and the respect for the rule of law. Moreover, we are now in the final stage of negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a legal framework or bridge, that will increase trade and investment opportunities, adding greater dynamism and diversification to our current economic relation.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few aspects of my country. Talking about the economy, Colombia has a very favorable environment, characterized by a stable economic growth, one of the highest in the region, and good macroeconomic management. In addition, the country has a dynamic and well-educated, young population, with more than 55% under 30 years old. Located in the center of the Americas and with coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Colombia is also recognized as a logistic hub, offering great connectivity to the North American, South American and Caribbean markets.

Regarding our natural richness, we are recognized as one of the 14 megadiverse countries in the world. Colombia is first worldwide in orchids, exotic birds and coffee quality. Among other expressions, the country’s biodiversity can be experienced through its natural richness, gastronomy and unique touristic attractions.

The current government, under the leadership of President Juan Santos, has taken important steps towards the establishment of a long-lasting peace. The government has demonstrated its commitment to peace with the negotiations it has undertaken during the last 4 years with the FARC guerilla group. Besides the willingness of the government, the negotiations also reflect the strength of Colombia’s institutions and the opportunities of democratic participation that allow our citizens to decide together the future of the country. After the plebiscite celebrated on October 2nd, the government has expressed its willingness to maintain a dialogue with all the political forces, so that we can together, continue building an all-inclusive and uniting peace for the country. Let this be our chance to express gratitude to the international community for its support during all these years and for its constant commitment throughout the process.

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