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Colombia's President Iván Duque and ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim hold talks in Paris

Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, and senior government members met with ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim in Paris today for talks on further developing Colombia's transport and mobility system.  

Colombia joined the International Transport Forum in May 2021 as the organisation's 63rd member country. President Duque's delegation includes Minister of Finance José Manuel Restrepo, Minister of Transport Angela Orozco Gomez and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Carlos Eduardo Correa.

The high-level meeting explored how the ITF can support some of the Colombian government's main transport-related infrastructure projects and policy initiatives. Colombia is pursuing an ambitious infrastructure investment programme and has committed itself to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Secretary-General Kim thanked President Duque for leading Colombia’s accession to the International Transport Forum. He invited Minister of Transport Angela Orozco Gomez to the global Summit of Transport Ministers in May 2022 in Germany.

Secretary-General Young Tae Kim said:

"Colombia's strategic location at the isthmus between the Americas and the only South American country with coastlines on the Atlantic and the Pacific gives it a unique perspective with many valuable experiences from which other ITF member countries can benefit. At the same time, the ITF stands ready to support Colombia with the collective knowledge of its members to help the country to find the most suitable solutions to its transport challenges." 

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