Bogotá, October 10 (EFE). – The President of Colombia, Ivan Duque, will visit the United States on October 11-12 with the aim of promoting economic revitalization and investment and his proposal to trade debt for the results of combating climate change. Official sources said Sunday.
The president will travel to Washington and New York, where he will meet with CEOs of multilateral organizations, investment banks and business people from the United States to seek more resources for “social programs, development and revitalization,” as well as “increasing investment in the country.”
The agenda in Washington
On Monday in Washington, Duque will meet World Bank President David Malpass and officials from the American Chamber of Commerce.
He will also participate in a “space for discussion and analysis” moderated by the Executive Vice President and Director of International Affairs at the American Chamber of Commerce, Myron Brilliant.
He will also meet with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva. With the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Clavier Carone, and with representatives from the Howard Buffett Foundation, which has supported Colombia in humanitarian demining.
Duque concludes his visit to Washington on Tuesday morning with a meeting with the Secretary of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, at the headquarters of that institution.
Meetings in New York
The President will travel to New York after meeting with Almagro and will meet with Goldman Sachs executives, as well as participate in an open forum with Group Head of Infrastructure in Latin America, Fernando Bravo, and Chief Financial Officer Stephen Scherr.
He will also conduct interviews with JP Morgan Chase directors and with representatives and members of the Board of Directors of the Association of the Americas – Council of the Americas (AS/COA), which will mark him as “Insigne Gold” for “Leadership in Columbia”.
Duke’s climate proposal
On September 21 at the United Nations General Assembly, Duque proposed that all expenditures and investments for “structural climate action” be excluded from the fiscal deficit as a tool to address the climate crisis after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I suggest to the international community that, for a period of time and with the support of the International Monetary Fund, a base be established by which all expenditures and investments in structural climate action can be placed outside the traditional line of measuring the fiscal deficit,” the President said at the time, and according to the Presidency of the Republic he would endorse it on this trip .EFE
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