Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on 28 June 2017 the contribution by Australia of $500,000 in de-mining assistance to Colombia, the second most heavily mined country in the world after Afghanistan.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on 27 June 2017 the appointment of Ms Sophie Davies as Australia's first resident Ambassador to Colombia and officially opened Australia's first Embassy in Bogota.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo announced on 27 June 2017 that he would travel to Cali, Colombia to attend the 12th Presidential Summit of the Pacific Alliance. The Pacific Alliance comprises Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru and is a significant trading bloc. Members collectively account for 37 per cent of Latin America’s population, 227 million consumers, and 35 per cent of Latin America’s nominal GDP, USD 1.865 trillion in 2015.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on 25 June 2017 that she would travel to open Australia’s new embassy in Bogotá and meet President Santos and Foreign Minister Holguín to strengthen our bilateral relationship. This will be the first visit to Colombia by an Australian Foreign Minister in over 20 years.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on 10 March 2017 that the Australian Government will open an Embassy in Colombia. Colombia is the fourth largest economy in Latin America and enjoys the highest growth rate of the major economies in the region.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo participated in the Pacific Alliance High Level Dialogue in March 2017. Mr Ciobo explored options to deepen our trade and investment relationship with Latin America. The Dialogue brought together Pacific Alliance countries of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement countries, China and South Korea.