Colombia

Colombia's challenges to improve its competitiveness are multidimensional and diverse. The economy is still highly dependent on natural resources, with 80% of exports concentrated in mining and energy. On the other hand, Colombia benefits little from international trade since only 10 companies account for 65% of total exports, while investment in inclusion and diversity remains very low. In this sense, the strengthening of value chains, through facilitation and training, is seen as a necessity to achieve inclusive economic, social and environmental development. 
Colombia

Facts and figures

  • Area: 1,141,748 km²
  • Population: 48,300,000
  • Capital: Bogotá

Swisscontact in Colombia

  • since 2010

Projects

Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru
Green cities
Climate and Clean Air project in Latin American Cities Plus (CALAC+)
The Paris Climate Agreement adopted in December 2015 provides a clear signal from countries towards reducing emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts within the transport sector.Thanks to its management and technical expertise, Switzerland contributes significantly to the transformation of cleaner transport in Latin American cities,...
Colombia
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
Colombia: Safe, healthy, and sustainable construction in poor neighbourhoods (Construya)
Three quarters of all Colombians reside in cities, many in densely populated and illegally constructed poor neighbourhoods. Many residents have built their homes on their own steam, with little money or experience and without official approvals. The living spaces are often precarious, construction quality is lacking, and the homes are particularly...
Colombia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Colombia + Competitiva - Strengthening the Competitiveness of the Private Sector
The Programme aims to support Colombia in its systematic efforts to improve the competitiveness of its private sector in the framework of the National System of Competitiveness, Science, Technology and Innovation and its Productive Development Policy.
"Colombia + Competitiva" follows a programmatic and systemic approach with clear ownership of the...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade facilitation, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...
Colombia
Sustainable tourism
Promoting Sustainable Nature Tourism
The project aims to utilise nature tourism in order to generate alternative income for local communities and mitigate deforestation and conserve biodiversity in the Santa Marta region.

News

Peru, Colombia, Chile, Mexico
Green cities
06.12.2021
Second Latin American Conference on nanoparticle emissions
In 2019, the first Latin American Conference on Nanoparticle Emissions was held, raising great interest in the region. This led to the Climate and Clean Air programme CALAC+ managing the creation of a technical working group that elaborated documents which allow Latin American cities to adopt standards and policies with regard to clean air.
Peru, Colombia
17.11.2021
Swisscontact shares experience in safe construction
From November 16th to 19th Swisscontact participates in the international event "Europe Housing Forum - Building foundations for the future of affordable housing", sharing its experience with projects in safe construction. 
Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
16.09.2021
Digital tools used in skills development projects in Latin America
In Latin America, Swisscontact has been supporting the development of digital solutions in its skills development projects to facilitate access to training and job opportunities. Youth living in poor rural areas of Guatemala are offered vocational guidance through a web portal. Applications developed in Bolivia support young people and technical professionals in finding suitable training or employment opportunities. In Colombia, the training offer that improves construction practices in informal housing was extended by a virtual platform in 2020. 
Representante en Colombia
Sven Gehlhaar

Swisscontact in Colombia

Swisscontact has been working in Colombia since 2010. We have implemented programs and projects aimed at inclusive economic, social and environmental development, through the following lines of work: 

  • Competitiveness 
  • Internationalisation 
  • Improvement of housing conditions in informal settlements 
  • Strengthening of value chains (specialty cacao, sustainable tourism, natural ingredients for cosmetics, sustainable construction) 
  • Opportunities for the vulnerable population (demobilised population) 
  • Energy efficiency 

In recent years, Swisscontact has established a solid network of public and private partners and a strong coordination with different international cooperation organizations. Based on this, we have implemented interventions at different levels: from public policies for innovation, competitiveness and quality of the capacity development system; to supporting value chains at the subnational level and improving the quality of life of the population at risk. 

Contact

Swisscontact Colombia
Dirección: Carrera 48 # 93-51 (Barrio La Castellana)
Bogotá