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Colombia seeks to boost Emirati investment in Colombia and strengthen trade

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, María Lorena Gutiérrez, assured today in Abu Dhabi that one of the objectives of the two-day visit that President Juan began today Manuel Santos to the Arab Emirates is "to strengthen commercial relations and boost the Emirati investment in Colombia".

Abu Dhabi, Nov 11 (EFE) .- The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, María Lorena Gutiérrez, assured today in Abu Dhabi that one of the objectives of the two-day visit President Juan Manuel Santos began today in the United Arab Emirates is "to strengthen trade relations and boost the Emirati investment in Colombia."

"There are many opportunities to increase our trade, the president will sign two very important agreements, a double taxation agreement and an investment agreement; They have this kind of relationship with the Arab Emirates, "the minister said.

In a statement to a group of journalists, the minister announced" the good news that the avocado (Colombian) will be arriving in the Emirates for the first time. "

According to the minister, the first shipments of the product have already left Colombia and their arrival is scheduled for around 15 In addition, he said that they have "great prospects for beef and fruit."

Gutiérrez considered that the Emirates is a country that can "serve them well for the export in the field of agro-industry and also for them to invest in Colombia. "

Currently, the Arab Emirates has investments in Colombian territory in oil and mining, although the Colombian government expects "to move towards agricultural issues, especially".

The Colombian minister also highlighted the importance of the tourism sector in relations bilaterals.

"More and more Colombians are coming to the UAE and what we want is for them to go to Colombia, which is part of the promotion we are doing here", He said.

He also emphasized his efforts to attract "investment in infrastructure."

"We want (Emiratis) to invest, especially in the field of ecotourism and tourism and nature to have hotels of other ranges for different tourists that can travel to Colombia, "he said.

The Colombian president landed today at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport, accompanied by his wife and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, María Ángela Holguín; Minas, Germán Arce, among other authorities.

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