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Colombia

(last updated: 24.05.2013)


The Republic of Colombia recognised Estonia with Estonia’s admittance into the League of Nations on 22.09.1921. Colombia was amid the founding members of the League of Nations. Colombia was among the most rapid to re-recognise the independence of the Republic of Estonia, notifying of it on 6 September 1991.

Estonia and Colombia established diplomatic relations on 23 March 1994. Clemencia Forero Ucros was appointed the first Ambassador of Colombia to Estonia. In the beginning the communication with Colombia took place through the embassies in Stockholm, but as of the year 2002 through Warsaw. The current ambassador Victoria Gonzalez Ariza presented her credentials to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on 11 October 2012.

Agreements, bilateral meetings

On 6 May 2013, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet signed an agreement  between the foreign ministries for a visa waiver for diplomatic passports while in Bogota on a visit.

On 25 May 2013 Urmas Paet was on a visit to the Republic of Colombia, where he had a meeting with Foreign Minister of Colombia Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar.

On 6 January 2013 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Foreign Minister of Colombia Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar in Chile, within the framework of the EL-CELAC summit.

On 26 September 2008, Estonian Foreign Minister U. Paet met with Columbian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez Merizalde within the framework of the UN General Assembly.

On 2 February 2006, Colombian Foreign Minister Carolina Barco was on an official visit in Estonia; in the course of the visit meetings with President Arnold Rüütel, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Foreign Minister Urmas Paet took place.

On 29 May 2004, in Guadalajara in the framework of the EU – Latin America and Caribbean Summit the meeting of Prime Minister Juhan Parts with Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez took place.

Economic relations

TRADE

Estonia’s trade with Colombia is relatively modest, but has seen growth since the year 2011.

Trade within the years 2006-2012 (in EUR):

Year Export Import
2006 66 264 393 780
2007 48 467 141 135
2008 286 736 5 710
2009 154 799 1 594
2010 165 042 5 959
2011 1 255 833 8 139
2012 (half year) 401 334 7 467

Source: Statistical Office of Estonia

 

Main articles of export in  2011:

  • Machinery and equipment (water turbines, water wheels and their regulators) – 64.8%
  • Metals and metal products (iron and steel constructions; other products) – 11.7%
  • Medical and measurement equipment (aerometers and other measuring equipment used in liquids)– 10.1%

Main articles of import in 2011:

  • Textiles (clothing, knitted) – 100%

 INVESTMENTS

There are no reciprocal investments between Estonia and Colombia.

Culture

Several works of Gabriel García Márquez (born 6 March 1928), the most well-known Colombian writer and the 1982 Nobel Prize laureate in literature, have been translated into Estonian: “One Hundred Years of Solitude" (translated by Aita Kurfeldt), “The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor” (Ruth Lias), "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (Ruth Lias), "Love in the Time of Cholera" (Marin Mõttus), "The Autumn of the Patriarch" (Ruth Lias). On 28 January 2006 the premiere of “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, a production based on themes in his creative works, took place at the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu.

Estonian musician and conductor Olav Roots (1910 Uderna-1974 Bogotá) was for 22 years the conductor of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.

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