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Free advice for the next president

In 2014, Colombians will elect a new president even if the new president is the present one, Juan Manuel Santos. There are a range of candidates from the far left to the right but President Santos is currently leading the polls.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Inner Circle Monthly Report for December 2013

This month the centerpiece is a debate between Pacific Rubiales José Francisco Arata and environmentalist Juan Pablo Ruiz Soto on the issue of whether extractive industries are incompatible with sound environmental management: well worth reading.

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

The great debate: extraction versus environment

Hydrocarbons Colombia organized a debate on environmental management in the hydrocarbons industry between two Colombian heavyweights: environmentalist Juan Pablo Ruiz Soto (the only Colombian to have climbed Mount Everest) and Jose Francisco Arata, president of Colombia’s largest entirely shareholder-owned oil company, Pacific Rubiales.

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Inner Circle Monthly Report for November 2013

Our Inner Circle Monthly Report for November 2013 marks the start of our second year of operation.

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Comparing prior consultation processes – Canada vs Colombia

The Canada-Colombia Chamber of Commerce held a session recently at the University Sergio Arboleda with experts from both countries on the controversial topic of prior community consultation, and how they are applied in each country.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

MinMinas publishes unconventional draft

The Colombian government’s long awaited draft decree on unconventional hydrocarbons was published last Thursday and companies will have until October 29th to comment.

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Peace closer or further away? Summary for October 13, 2013

This week the report from the peace talks was mostly smiles and mutual backslapping with both the Farc and former senator Piedad Cordoba praising the results achieved to date.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Inner Circle Monthly Report for October 2013

Gasoline pricing is a hot topic in Colombia these days so this month we take up the issue. Luis Ernesto Mejía’s article this month succinctly deals with the major reasons why arbitrarily setting fuel prices based on misguided populism or a misunderstanding of opportunity cost will cause more harm than good.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We rate the new Santos cabinet

Regulation and PolicyOn the evening of Monday, September 2, 2013 the entire cabinet of President Juan Manuel Santos tendered their resignations, in the height of the agricultural crisis, so that he would be free to name new players if required.

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Inner Circle Monthly Report for September 2013

This month we have three interviews with important figures in the industry.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013