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

Colombia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
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
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
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...
Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru
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
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Support for the development and evaluation of productive projects to reinstate former members of the Farc-EP
The national government, through the Agency for the Reinstatement and Normalization aims to reinstate the ex-combatants of the FARC-EP into civilian life and thus supports the development of productive projects with an average investment of 8 million per ex-combatant, which will allow them to generate legal income. To guarantee the success of the...

News

Colombia, Peru
25.03.2020
Latin America: challenges in urban transport due to nanoparticles
One of the main causes of air pollution is vehicle traffic. Vehicles emit ultra-small, highly toxic nanoparticles. Swisscontact has many years’ experience in transport and environmental projects. As part of the Climate and Clean Air in Latin American Cities (CALAC+) programme, Swisscontact is collaborating with local decision-makers in Latin...
Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
10.12.2019
Training in Development of Inclusive Market Systems for 'Habitat for Humanity'
Swisscontact holds a training course on the Development of Inclusive Market Systems in San José, Costa Rica, from 9th to 13th December 2019. The workshop is conducted for Habitat for Humanity officials from Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile and Peru and is facilitated by Swisscontact's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sven Gehlhaar,...
Peru, Colombia
23.10.2019
1st Latin American Conference on nanoparticle emissions
The 1st Latin American Conference on nanoparticle emissions from internal combustion engines was held from 15 to 17 October in Mexico City. The organization was in charge of the Secretariat of the Environment of the Government of Mexico City (SEDEMA), an effort supported by the Program Climate and Clean Air in Latin American Cities - Plus (CALAC+).
Representante en Colombia
Cecilia Rivera

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