Friday, October 2, 2009

I'm off to Colombia

If you are worried about investing in tropical trees in Colombia, don't be. President Alvaro Uribe, now completing his second term in office, has done an amazing job of stabilizing Colombia. The country is now rated with Brazil and Chile as one of the top Latin American economies. In fact, Business Week magazine has rated Colombia one of the top 3 investment jurisdictions in the world. There are still problems with drug traffickers, thanks to the insatiable demand for drugs in the USA and Canada, but these days those problems have been isolated by the Colombian armed forces along the Ecuadoran border in the country's South. Most tree planting occurs in the interior and out in the eastern plains, or llano of Colombia, well away from the coca growing areas.

I am flying into Bogotá, the capital, an exciting and modern city of 8 million. I am  going to be meeting with the world-renowned Omacha Foundation and their executive director, Fernando Trujillo, Ph.D.. I am also meeting with the local Kubota representative to talk about getting more tree planting equipment on the job. Numerous airlines fly into Bogotá's Eldorado airport, but I usually take Taca, as they seem to offer excellent service with connections throughout Central and South America, the USA and up into Toronto, Canada. On Monday morning I'm catching the local Satena flight to Puerto Carreño in the eastern departamento or province of Vichada, some 55 KM from the plantation. Puerto Carreño is a spectacular town on the banks of the mighty Orinoco River, just across from Venezuela.

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