LAN pilots in Colombia refuse overtime to press labor dispute

Unionized pilots at the Colombian subsidiary of Chilean airline LAN LAN.SN said on Friday they would refuse to work overtime amid a labor dispute, after a similar protest by pilots at Colombian airline Avianca ended this week with a pay increase.

The Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (Acdac) said LAN’s 34 unionized pilots in Colombia would refuse overtime complaining that anti-union policies at the company meant fewer than 20 percent of around 200 pilots were union members

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Colombia peace talks: Farc points to ‘modest progress’

Colombia’s main rebel group, the Farc, says it has achieved “modest progress” in peace negotiations with the government.

As another round of talks resumed in Cuba, chief Farc negotiator Ivan Marquez said the agreements reached so far amount to a 25-page document.

They include deals on land reform, a key issue for the rebels, who began their armed struggle in the early 1960s in rural areas of Colombia.

The talks were launched in November

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Colombian government ‘ready to reintegrate rebels’

Colombia has said it is ready to reintegrate thousands of demobilised rebels into society, as peace talks between Farc rebels and government negotiators enter their 15th round.

The Colombian Agency for Reintegration (ACR) director said the body could look after double the number of demobilised rebels it currently mentored.

Director Alejandro Eder told the BBC it had an “emergency reaction plan”.

According to Mr Eder, the ACR is ready to receive up to 40,000 ex-combatants

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The Silicon Valleys of Latin America: A tale of 3 nations

Conrad Egusa is the co-founder of Espacio, the co-owner of Colombia Reports, and is currently a mentor at The Founder Institute.

In 2012, the Wall Street Journal and Citi announced their finalists for the most innovative “City of the Year” contest: New York, Tel Aviv, and a surprising third selection, Medellin, Colombia.

The city of Medellin, which Time Magazine 20 years ago referred to as the “coke capital of the world” and 10 years ago had a homicide rate 12 times that of Chicago, was selected as the winner.

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Santos pide a los colombianos oídos sordos a las especulaciones sobre el proceso de paz

El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, pidió hoy a sus compatriotas hacer oídos sordos a todo lo que se dice del proceso de paz con la guerrilla FARC por fuera de la mesa de negociación en La Habana.

El mandatario se refirió a las especulaciones en torno a los diálogos de paz en un discurso que dio en la localidad de Soacha, en las afueras de Bogotá, donde recomendó a los colombianos que sigan los consejos del expresidente sudafricano Nelson Mandela quien, según Santos, decía que en una negociación hay que atenerse a lo que se habla en la mesa.

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Latin America’s Pacific Alliance liberalizes trade

The presidents of ColombiaPeru and Chile, and Mexico‘s minister of economy agreed on Wednesday to liberalize 92 percent of their countries’ goods and services as part of the nascent regional economic integration bloc, The Pacific Alliance.

“We have just reached an agreement to liberalize trade between the four countries for 92 percent of the goods, and we are going to reach 99 percent in three to seven years,” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera toldbusiness representatives attending the first Pacific Alliance Summit.

Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile are on the path of free trade and consolidation to strengthen their economies and create a more seamless and easier environment to do business.

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AT&T to expand in Latin America with America Movil deal

AT&T will be able to do business in 15 countries, including Argentina, Chile and Colombia, through connections with America Movil networks, according to a representative for AT&T.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal will also extend AT&T’s reach to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

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