The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, visits Colombia for the inauguration of President Iván Duque.

Ivan Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia; Marcel Lebleu, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Colombia; The Honourable Scott Brison President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. (Photo: Presidency of Colombia)

Ivan Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia; Marcel Lebleu, Ambassador
of Canada to the Republic of Colombia; The Honourable Scott Brison President of the
Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. (Photo: Presidency of Colombia)

 

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, between August 7 and 9, 2018, to attend the inauguration ceremony of Colombia’s President Iván Duque Márquez and Vice President Marta Lucia Ramírez.

In addition to attending the inauguration ceremony, Minister Brison had the opportunity to meet with Carlos Holmes Trujillo García, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to underline Canada and Colombia’s growing bilateral relationship.  Minister Brison also highlighted common interests in the region, including the promotion of democracy, human rights and gender equality, and our will to address the crisis in Venezuela.

Minister Brison also met with Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, José Manuel Restrepo, Minister of Trade and Tourism, María Fernanda Suárez, Minister of Mines and Energy, and Felipe Buitrago Restrepo, High Counsellor for Strategic Issues, to discuss shared priorities in the areas of trade, governance and transparency.

During meetings with cabinet ministers of Colombia and with representatives of the Canadian private sector, the Minister discussed the countries’ strong trade and investment ties, which include Canada’s ongoing negotiations toward a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance.  Minister Brison used the occasion to remind his audience that the Canada-Colombia FTA was the first one signed by Colombia with an OECD country (2011).