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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Oct. 6/20). Taking into account the adverse effects generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a diplomacy strategy to support the economic and social reactivation of the country, which includes work in bilateral and multilateral relations, in cooperation, and in migration and border policies.

Chancellor Claudia Blum stressed that “foreign policy also plays a determining role in the reactivation of the country, given that a pandemic requires global responses, and no country can overcome its effects in isolation.

On the International Cooperation front, with the UN Colombia system of agencies, the Response Framework to the Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 was structured. This Framework should mobilize cooperation resources for USD122 million and USD50 million are already funded.

Additionally, in international cooperation to address Venezuelan migration in the framework of COVID, donors and international agencies have financed 126 million dollars for Colombia in the Regional Response Plan that covers 17 countries. Greater efforts will be required to meet the funding goals of this plan.

At the multilateral level, the Ministry participates in the initiatives for cooperation and coordination of economic, border and reactivation policies that are being defined in organizations such as Prosur, Alianza del Pacífico, CAN, OAS, UN, ECLAC and OECD, among others.

At the bilateral level, Minister Blum reported that in all scheduled meetings agendas are promoted to prioritize economic and trade issues. During the month of October, these issues will be addressed in the dialogues scheduled with the United States, Europe, Chile, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Denmark.

Additionally, the laws of treaties that contribute to the economy and investments in the country are promoted in Congress, with countries such as France, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Likewise, the Chancellor expressed the importance of the bills on border development and on comprehensive immigration policy, which will contribute to reducing gaps in border areas and the socioeconomic integration of foreign migrants in the country and of Colombians who return for reasons of the pandemic.

Regarding border issues, in addition, both the Border 2021 Plan programs and the binational plans with Ecuador and Peru will focus on complementary initiatives for health care and reactivation in these areas.

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