“Last year, we hit a record high for non-mining and energy exports. For example, in the agricultural sector, we have consolidated our position as a strategic country for ensuring global food security. Today, Colombia is considered one of the most important suppliers of food, not only because of our production potential and our added value, but also because of our bet on environmental sustainability and the absence of carbon emissions by 2050,” he said.

“That is why we are committed, together with the United Arab Emirates, to seizing opportunities for businesses in both countries,” he added.

Discussing the importance of the UAE to his country, the President highlighted Colombia’s growing exports to the UAE, saying the pursuit of free trade agreements is the essential foundation for bilateral trade.

“Between 2019 and 2021, non-mining and energy exports to the UAE increased by 53%. This confirms the importance of our deepening our relations by advancing in the negotiation of free trade agreements. Likewise, we are committed to ratifying the Air Services Agreement and the Double Taxation Agreement,” he said.

Concluding his speech to forum delegates, he congratulated the UAE for successfully hosting Expo 2020 Dubai and expressed his hope that Colombia will host the next edition of GBF LATAM.

Organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai, GBF LATAM 2022 brought together heads of state, ministers, government officials, business leaders and industry experts from the United Arab Emirates and from Latin America for two days of insightful and interactive sessions.

Themed Towards a Resilient Future, the forum is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.