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The President of Colombia and the US authorities talk about infrastructure projects

The President of Colombia and the US authorities talk about infrastructure projects

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USA, Colombia, Evan Duque

BOGOTO (Sputnik) – The President of Colombia met in Bogota with officials from the US National Security Council and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), as well as with the country’s ambassador, Philip Goldberg, to discuss infrastructure projects focused on climate change, transportation and connectivity.

“This visit has many purposes, but it involves something very important, which is the coordination and detailed work of our government with the government of the United States in terms of financing development and implementing a continental agenda,” Duque told the press. The end of the meeting, at the Nariño Palace, the seat of government.

According to Duque, during the meeting, four main axes were discussed, including supporting climate action towards carbon neutrality with resources and searching for a strategy that seeks to finance investments in the field of health.

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“The interest in bringing North American companies to Colombia to produce vaccines, not only against COVID-19, but also against other diseases, and also the arrival of North American companies that can provide technologies that help us improve in all indications,” Duque said.

He added that he discussed with US representatives the path towards moving to a more digital society, because “the goal is to have 70% of Colombia with high-speed internet by August 2022.”

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In this regard, he said, “not only investment from the United States is required, but also strategic alliances with Colombian companies.”

Duque noted that the fourth element they discussed was about gender equality and financing policies for women entrepreneurs, so that they could get to “the depth of Colombia and also integrate this project with value chains.”

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He stressed that the meeting is part of a strategy the United States calls B3W, Build Back Better, which means to build back better, and to reflect on these four issues to bring them together.