Council of Ministers of Colombia

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Colombia is composed of the most senior appointed politicians of the executive branch of the Government of Colombia. Members of the Cabinet are generally the heads of a Ministry Department. The existence of the Cabinet dates back to the first President Simon Bolivar. These members were appointed in order to advise the President and are therefore required to assist him in his duties as stated by the Colombian Constitution.

Current CabinetEdit

The Cabinet of President Iván Duque Márquez.[1]

Office Incumbent Image Term began
President of the Republic
Iván Duque Márquez   August 7, 2018
Vice President of the Republic
Marta Lucía Ramírez   August 7, 2018
Minister of the Interior
Alicia Arango   February 13, 2020
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Claudia Blum Capurro de Barberi   November 12, 2019
Minister of Finance and Public Credit
Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera   August 7, 2018
Minister of Justice and Law
Margarita Cabello Blanco   May 16, 2019
Minister of National Defense
Carlos Holmes Trujillo   November 12, 2019
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Rodolfo Enrique Zea   February 24, 2020
Minister of Health and Social Protection
Fernando Ruiz Gomez   March 3, 2020
Minister of Labour
Ángel Custodio Cabrera   February 27, 2020
Minister of Mines and Energy
Diego Mesa Puyo   July 1, 2020
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
José Manuel Restrepo Abondano   August 7, 2018
Minister of National Education
María Victoria Angulo   August 7, 2018
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Ricardo Lozano Picón   August 7, 2018
Minister of Housing, City and Territory
Jonathan Malagón   August 7, 2018
Minister of Information Technologies and Communications
Karen Abudinen   May 4, 2020
Minister of Transport
Ángela María Orozco   August 7, 2018
Minister of Culture
Carmen Vásquez Camacho   August 7, 2018
Minister of the Sport
Ernesto Lucena Barrero   September 16, 2019


19th centuryEdit

In the Constitution of 1821, Simón Bolívar created a Cabinet composed of five secretariats:

  • Secretariat of the Interior
  • Secretariat of the Exterior
  • Secretariat of War and Navy
  • Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit

With time, areas of some secretariats were given to new institutions; in the mid-19th century, when the Secretariat of Trade was created, this deprived the Secretariat of the Exterior (then renamed Foreign Affairs) of that function.

In 1886, President Rafael Núñez changed their nomenclature from secretariats to ministries, and created new ones, so, in the beginning of the 20th century, after the Thousand Days War, the Council of ministers was composed of:

  • Ministry of the Government
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of War
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of the Treasury
  • 1894 - The Ministry of Justice is disbanded.

The Secretary of Trade disappeared; its assignments were transferred to the Vice Ministry of Development, under the control of the Minister of Finance.

20th centuryEdit

Ministries by the end of the 20th Century
  • Ministry of the Interior
  • Ministry of Finance and Public Credit
  • Ministry of Justice and Law
  • Ministry of National Defence
  • Ministry of Health and Social Security
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ministry of Foreign Trade
  • Ministry of National Education
  • Ministry of Mines and Energy
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Communications
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Economic Development
  • Ministry of Culture

21st CenturyEdit


During the first administration of President Álvaro Uribe, Congress and the President passed Law 790 of 2002, which modified the existing ministries by merging and reducing their number to 13. In accordance with Article 7, the Ministries in order and precedence were then thus:


Timeline of the Council of MinistersEdit

Abbreviations used: Agr./Liv. - Agriculture and Livestock; Env./Hous./Terr. - Environment, housing and territorial development; Ind./Lab. - Industry and Labour; ICT - Information and communication technologies; Lab./Hyg./Soc. - Labour, hygiene and social protection.


  1. ^ "Iván Duque Márquez". Retrieved September 28, 2019.