The ANH held its event to receive bids in the Colombia Round 2021. With 30 blocks receiving bids (and with these bids almost certain to result in contracts), this was a tremendous success compared to any assignment process dating back to 2012 which had assigned 49 (not all of which ever were worked). The 2014 Round awarded 26. That of 2019 only 11. The top bidder was Parex.
Colombia has been discussing presidential pre-candidate Gustavo Petro’s controversial proposal to halt oil exploration if he becomes president. Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) Diego Mesa spoke about this issue.