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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.