Ministry of Foreign Trade (Colombia)

The Ministry of Foreign Trade also known as Mincomex, was a national executive ministry of the Government of Colombia in charge of foreign trade issues in order to improve the Economy of Colombia. It was merged with the Ministry of Economic Development to form the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

Ministry of Foreign Trade
Ministerio de Comercio Exterior
Ministry overview
Formed16 January 1991 (1991-01-16)[1]
Dissolved27 December 2002 (2002-12-27)[2]
Superseding agency
HeadquartersCalle 28 № 13A-15
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Annual budgetCOP$27,925,844,083 (2000)[3]
COP$30,328,981,093 (1999)[4]
COP$25,410,712,564 (1998)[5]
Child agencies
Key document
  • Law 7 of 1991[1]


Order Period Ministers of Foreign Trade
1st 1991-1994 Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
2nd 1994-1995 Daniel Mazuera Gómez
3rd 1995-1996 Luis Alfredo Ramos Botero
4th 1996-1997 Morris Harf Meyer
5th 1997-1998 Carlos Ronderos Torres
6th 1998-2002 Marta Lucía Ramírez
7th 2002-2002 Ángela María Orozco Gómez

Foreign Relations of ColombiaEdit

Colombia seeks diplomatic and commercial relations with all countries, regardless of their ideologies or political or economic systems. For this reason, the Colombian economy is very open, relying on international trade and following the guidelines given by the international law.[6]

Regional relations remain good despite occasional issues with neighbors, especially regarding spillover from Colombia's armed conflict, including cross-border guerrilla crossings, the flow of refugees, and the spread of drug crops. These issues are of particular concern to the bordering countries of Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. For example, Ecuador has closed its main border crossing with Colombia every night since August 2002, when evidence emerged that Colombian guerrillas and paramilitaries were asserting control over Ecuador's border communities. On May 1, 2004, Ecuador placed further stringent visa restrictions on Colombians seeking to enter Ecuador. Relations with Nicaragua and Venezuela have been strained over territorial disputes. Bilateral committees are negotiating the dispute with Venezuela over waters in the Gulf of Venezuela. Other issues with Venezuela include the presence of illegal undocumented Colombians in Venezuela, and activities of Colombian narcotics traffickers, and Venezuela's support for the Guerrillas in Colombia.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Ley 7 de 1991" [Law 7 of 1991] (PDF) (in Spanish). Congress of Colombia. 1991-01-16. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  2. ^ "Ley 790 de 2002" [Law 790 of 2002] (PDF) (in Spanish). Congress of Colombia. 2002-12-27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  3. ^ "Informe Ejecución Presupuestal de Gastos Vigencia 2000" [Expenditure Budget Execution Report Term 2000] (PDF) (in Spanish). Bogotá: Ministry of Foreign Trade. 2000-12-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 June 2001. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Informe de Ejecución Presupuestal: Ministerio de Comercio Exterior-Vigencia 1999" [Budget Execution Report: Ministry of Foreign Trade-Effective 1999] (PDF) (in Spanish). Bogotá: Ministry of Foreign Trade. 2000-12-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  5. ^ "Informe Ejecución Presupuestal de Gastos Vigencia 1998" [Expenditure Budget Execution Report Term 1998] (PDF) (in Spanish). Bogotá: Ministry of Foreign Trade. 2000-12-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2001-06-18. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
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  7. ^ "International law | Definition, History, Characteristics, Examples, & Facts".