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Investment in Colombia

  • The top three global risk rating firms - Standard and Poor's, Moody's, and Fitch - guarantee that Colombia is a safe place to invest, providing the country with investment grade.
  • Colombia riched US$ 16.7 Million in foreign investment during 2012, increasing 11% compared with 2011.
  • According to JP Morgan, Colombia is and will be the second most appealing country for investment in Latin America over the next three years.
  • Additionally, in a comparison of 183 countries, the World Bank (Doing Business 2011) described Colombia as the fifth country in the world and the first in Latin America in protecting investors.
  • The country is one of the most competitive investment areas in Latin America, offering incentives such as: 15% income tax, no customs contributions (VAT, tariffs), an application of benefits in international commercial agreements, and the possibility of participating in the local marketplace.
  • The government is committed to the development of incentives for research and development: incentives on salaries and for training and a tax deduction of up to 175% for companies investing in R&D projects. Profits from innovative projects do not generate taxes and equipment imported for the execution of this activity is also free from VAT charges.
  • In 2011 the Colombian GDP experienced a 5.9% growth compared to the previous year, reaching US$249.9 billion.
  • With almost 46.9 million inhabitants, Colombia is the third largest country in Latin America, 24th in the world in terms of population, and the second largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world.
  • The GDP per capita has doubled in the last six years, reaching US$10,000 in 2012.
  • According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Colombia is currently positioned as the 28th economy in the world.
  • Colombia has signed 11 free trade agreements with 47 countries, facilitating preferential access to over 1.5 billion consumers (EE.UU, Canada, European Union, EFTA, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brasil, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, among others).
  • In 8 years, exports have quadrupled, reaching approximately US$ 57 billion in 2011.
  • According to the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Colombia is the second country in terms of qualified labor, and the country with the most effective work relations and regulations in place, therefore not representing a major obstacle for business activities in the region.



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