MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Bogotá (Dec 14/20). President Iván Duque affirmed that the document signed today with the OECD, which facilitates the accompaniment of the organization in the reactivation agenda, means a fundamental difference for the new generations of Colombians.
Indeed, the President, who on Monday signed with the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Ángel Gurría, a letter of intent to promote the country’s recovery, indicated that the public policies of the country should harmonize with international best practices.
“Colombia has arrived in these 60 years as a member of the Organization and with this agreement that we signed today, we hope that this safe, inclusive and clean reactivation agenda will make a historic difference for the new generations of Colombians,” he said.
The Head of State stressed that the signed document “is not a declaration of good intentions, it is a path to action.”
He pointed out that in “these tough months of the pandemic” the country managed to double the number of intensive care units to about 11 thousand and that through a gradual process 95% of the economy is in operation, along with 92 % of those affected by covid-19 have recovered.
He indicated that the new ‘Commitment to Colombia’, launched in July, is “a clear and genuine invitation” for us to achieve investments of close to 59 billion dollars and that aim to generate close to 2 million jobs.
He highlighted that the budget for 2021 has historical increases in areas such as health, education, culture, sports, the environment, water and sanitation and tertiary roads.
He emphasized that “this reactivation is not for us to go back to how we were before, but rather to envision a better future.”
He expressed that this reactivation must be inclusive, that “eliminate gaps and salary barriers between men and women” and also call for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to create decent jobs.
Likewise, he asserted that the reactivation must be sustainable and clean, and recalled that Colombia set the goals of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 51 percent by 2030, and of being a carbon neutral country by 2050.
Likewise, he referred to the ambitious energy transition where “we will go from 0.2% of our matrix that we had in 2018 in non-conventional renewable energy to more than 14% in 2022”.
He argued that the reactivation also has to be digital and in this field he stressed that there are 17 digital inclusion and development projects that have this commitment.
He stated that they also want “an increasingly agile regulatory system, more pro-investment, more pro-competitive, and with a vision of integration where we increase intra-regional trade and trade with the rest of the world.”
Finally, he said that “that agenda that we want to work together with the OECD” seeks – as the Organization’s own motto says – “to better policies, better lives.”
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