OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October


23/10/2013 - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will formally launch Colombia’s OECD accession process during a public event in Bogotá on 25 October 2013 with President Juan Manuel Santos and members of his government in Bogotá. While in Bogotá, Mr Gurría will also present new OECD analysis on improving Colombia’s economy and business environment.




Mr Gurría will present the recently approved Roadmap for the Colombian accession process during a public event beginning at 10:30. He will detail the path to accession and explain how the process will benefit both Colombia and the OECD.


The event, which is Open to the Media, will take place in the Salon Bolivar at the Presidential Palace. For further information, journalists should contact Ana Maria Duran, head of international press in the Colombian Presidency:  (tel. + 571 562-9300,, or Lawrence Speer in the OECD Media Office (tel. +33 6  0739 3972;




Later that day, at 15:00, Mr Gurría and Rolf Alter, Director of the OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate will present new studies on Colombia’s innovation policies, regulations and public governance system. The reports present the current state of play in each area and offer concrete, detailed proposals for reforms that will improve public policies and the business environment.


Mr Gurria will place the new Innovation Policy Review, Regulatory Reform Review and Public Governance Review into the wider context of Colombia’s path to OECD membership. The event, which is open to Media, which will take place at the Salon Rojo of the Hotel Tequendama.


Commenting on the reports will be officials from the Colombian Presidency, the National Planning Department, DNP and  the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, Colciencias.


Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic versions of the Innovation Policy Review, Regulatory Reform Review and Public Governance Review, by e-mail and under embargo, the day before release. The studies will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive copies under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the reports by e-mail, under embargo, or to obtain a password to access the OECD password-protected website should be sent by e-mail to


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