Frontera Energy disclosed that since Friday, November 10th, a group of employees from metal-mechanical companies, serving as contractors in the CPE-6 field operated by the company in the municipality of Puerto Gaitán (Meta), has blockaded the site.
Working in Ecopetrol’s supplier program, Lina Aroca has generated spaces for training and economic development for indigenous communities, LGBT, victims of the conflict, women, and people with disabilities.
The lightest peace news month in 2023 meant Colombians focused on other issues, specifically the regional elections that took place on the 29th of October. These could impact President Gustavo Petro’s ability to implement whatever agreements he manages to achieve. UPDATE: On Thursday, November 2, 2023 the High Peace Commissioner Danilo Rueda reported that the ELN were responsible for the kidnapping of Luis Manuel Diaz, father of Colombian international footballer Luis Diaz. This violates the spirit if not the letter of the peace talks (which Rueda’s social media post highlights) so for now we can only say that the impact on the process is unpredictable.
This rather succinct but perhaps unpleasant phrase came from an unidentified French cabinet minister, quoted in a The Telegraph article on Great Britain’s broken infrastructure planning process. It seems Colombia’s peers also have great problems with prior consultation and no good solutions.
One of the most frustrating aspects of working in the Colombian countryside is the unclear boundaries of “prior consultation”. The constitution and international agreements require ethnic minorities to be consulted on issues that affect them – like infrastructure or resource development – but Congress has never dared to pass a law that regulates what this means. This is partially because such a law would itself have to be consulted before passage and there is a reasonable expectation that the affected minorities prefer the current ambiguity. Without a legal framework, work has progressed based on decrees and administrative procedures. Recently, the State Council nullified one of the fundamental decrees. The team at Brigard Urrutia wrote an opinion on the implications for oil and gas companies.
In a bid to contribute to the reconstruction of social fabric and improve living conditions in municipalities hardest hit by armed conflict and poverty, the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART) has extended an invitation to the nation’s companies.