Poised For The Future – Colombian Trade Beyond Oil An Interview with Mariana Sarasti, Vice Minister of Commerce

It’s more expensive to ship a container from Bogota to Cartagena than it is from Cartagena to Beijing.

This is how Vice Minister Sarasti outlines her department’s strategy to overcome a common Colombian phrase.

As Colombia emerges as a “Pacific Puma” poised for growth after years of conflict, Our GED team’s Samuel George spoke with Vice Minister of Commerce, Mariana Sarasti.

Colombia faces challenges with globally low oil prices, a key export and a still emerging international trade culture. Though Colombian companies face extensive tariff and non-tariff barriers, Vice Minister Sarasti discusses many of the ways that the Commerce Department is working to increase international trade with new Trans Pacific free trade agreements, support for Colombian exporters and improved transportation and bureaucratic efficiencies.

Watch the full interview below.


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