Monday, May 29, 2017

Colombia’s gross domestic product (“PIB” in Spanish initials) dipped to a 2.5% annual rate in first quarter (1Q) 2016, according to the national government’s economic statistics agency (Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística, DANE).


Antioquia Governor Luis Perez announced June 15 that legal issues have now been resolved with the COP$1.8 trillion (US$603 million), 9.8-kilometers-long “Toyo Tunnel” project that will link Medellin to new freight ports in Uraba (Caribbean coast).


Medellin-based electric power transmission giant ISA and Medellin-based multinational foods producer Grupo Nutresa both recently won debt-ratings upgrades from Wall Street bond rater Fitch Ratings.


Medellin continues to host a growing number of companies seeking high-tech and bilingual candidates, as indicated in a recent flurry of LinkedIn postings.


Medellin-based Bancolombia – Colombia’s largest bank with a growing international presence – on May 23 announced that its first quarter (1Q) 2016 net income fell 37% year-on-year (y-o-y), to COP$397 billion (US$129 million), reflecting the impact of Colombia’s slowing economy.


Medellin-based Grupo Exito – now Colombia’s biggest private-sector company and a leading multinational retailer in the largest South American markets – on May 27 reported that its first quarter (1Q) 2016 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) soared 234% year-on-year (y-o-y), to COP$502 billion (US$163 million).


Medellin-based ISA – operator of Colombia’s national electric power transmission network – announced May 2 that its first quarter (1Q) 2016 net income rose 31.3% year-on-year (y-o-y), to COP$192 billion (US$65 million).


Medellin-based multinational food producer Grupo Nutresa announced April 29 that its first quarter (1Q) 2016 sales jumped 21.9% year-on-year (y-o-y), to COP$2.1 trillion (US$738 million).


In a new campaign aiming to slash water and land pollution caused by reckless disposal of plastic grocery bags, Medellin-based retail giant Exito is teaming-up with Colombia’s Environment Ministry and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to promote broader adoption of reusable grocery bags.


The multi-billion-dollar business of gold mining in Antioquia has suffered enormously from decades of violence, land invasions, murders, extortions, environmental destruction, illegal and “informal” mining, as well as the intromission of guerrilla and “paramilitary” groups.


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