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The Embassy of Colombia in Berlin

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Address: Kurfürstenstrasse 84, 10787 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: (+49) 30 26 39 61 0

Fax: (+49) 30 26 39 61 25

E-mail: infobotschaft-kolumbiende

www.embajada-colombia.de

The Ambassador

Amb. María Lorena Gutiérrez Botero

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Amb. María Lorena Gutiérrez Botero, born on 1 September 1968 in Bogota, is a Colombian politician. She has served as Minister of Mines and Energy and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism during the presidency of Juan Manuel Santos. She is an industrial engineer and specialist in finance at the Universidad de los Andes. She obtained a Masters in Administration from the Freeman School of Business, at the University of Tulane (United States) and in the latter, a Ph.D. in administration with an emphasis in finance.

She was dean of the Faculty of Administration of the University of the Andes, professor of the area of finances, director of the undergraduate in administration and general secretary of the faculty.He has been a member of the Board of Directors of EFMD, member of the International Advisory Council of Durham University, President of the Ibero-American Sumaq Alliance, member of the Board of Directors of CLADEA and of BALAS (Business Association for Latin American Studies). At the beginning of the government of President Santos, María Lorena Gutiérrez was High Presidential Adviser for Good Government and later Secretary General of the Presidency.

Today she is the ambassador of Colombia in Germany.

History

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Germany and Colombia have enjoyed long and friendly relations due to the German businesses operating in Colombia, the scientific and academic exchange, as well as cultural institutions and development cooperation. The last visit to Colombia is by Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier in 2015, whereas the most recent visit to Germany by Colombian President Santos was in November 2014. Germany is Colombia’s principal trading partner in the European Union, and there has been a marked growth in bilateral trade in recent years. A number of major German companies have their own production facilities in Colombia.

German development cooperation with Colombia focuses on peace development and crisis prevention as well as environmental protection and resource conservation. A third priority area, sustainable economic development, was added in 2012. As for the academic relations, they are close, as is evidenced by the approximately 2600 Colombians studying at German universities, by university partnerships, exchanges of researches and lectures and cooperation under scholarship programmes. On the other hand, there is a growing number of German academics and researchers working at universities and research institutions in Colombia. Finally, the Goethe Institute offers an extensive cultural programme and numerous language courses.