Institutional Investor | 3/17/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia's New Frontier
Mar 17 -- As bankers and policymakers prepare to assemble for the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank later this month, the location of the gathering — Medellín — speaks volumes about the political and economic transformation of the host nation, Colombia.
That Colombia can hardly be found today. The country has enjoyed an unprecedented economic boom in recent years, thanks to the tough security policies and pro-market stance of the government of President Álvaro Uribe. Since first being elected in 2002, Uribe has used billions of dollars in U.S. aid to crack down on drug-funded insurgents and regain control over much of the country’s territory. The greatly enhanced security, combined with the government’s fiscal discipline and business- and trade-friendly policies, has attracted a surge of foreign investment. The economy has enjoyed its strongest performance in 50 years, with growth jumping to a peak of 7 percent in 2007.
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