Venezuela: The keys to opening the border with Colombia – Government – Politics

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Although the president-elect assured that it is a long process, the idea is to fully restore the human rights of the population that inhabits the Colombian-Venezuelan border; cooperation for the pacification of both territories and cheaper agricultural inputs. “It can be an immediate objective today if we want to fight hunger both in Venezuela and in Colombia,” Petro said.

The Cucuteños president specified that he will accompany Petro and his cabinet in the border opening, with the aim of strengthening education, health and access to home public services in Cúcuta and its metropolitan area.

Yáñez affirmed that after the closure of the borders, the economic losses and nearly 5,000 jobs have been very great. For example, one of the most affected sectors was the International Trade “which a few years ago reached 7,000 million dollars, where Cúcuta was the epicenter of at least 70 percent of that operation,” he explained.

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There are more than two million inhabitants between Táchira (Venezuela) and Norte de Santander who were affected by the frequent closures of border crossings

For him, the opening implies a gradual and progressive process that requires multiple conversations and dialogues between authorities of both countries.

“These are positive reactions given that this border was affected for 7 years by continuous border closures. There are more than two million inhabitants between Táchira (Venezuela) and Norte de Santander who were affected by the frequent closures of border crossings,” said Bautista.

In his turn, the mayor of Bucaramanga and president of Asocapitales, Juan Carlos Cárdenas, stated that he welcomes this announcement.

He pointed out that there is a market that has historically been important for the border departments (Santander, Norte de Santander, Arauca, Cesar, La Guajira), which is why he sees them as an opportunity to reactivate the economy and prepare capacities and understand short-term needs. and medium term.

For the Federation of Chambers and Associations of Commerce and Production of Venezuela (Fedecamaras), the activity on the border has already begun to be activated and therefore the same should happen at the national level.

“It has generated a positive expectation. We are called to build a common destiny. We believe that one of the fastest things is for consular relations to be resumed,” emphasizes Carlos Fernández, president of Fedecamaras, in a conversation with EL TIEMPO.

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Russián lamented that due to the deterioration of relations, the closure of the border and the economic crisis, Colombian companies have closed in Venezuela, of which as of this date there is no record of how many exist. In Cavecol, Avianca, Alpina and Mazda converged, to name a few of those based in Colombia.

Currently, of the 87 companies that make up Cavecol, at least 10 are from New Granada. Russián also insists that trust is important to restore trade and review existing agreements such as Partial Scope Agreement number 28, which was signed by both countries.

At the regional level, the authorities have paved the way for a year and a half in 34 working groups between unions, customs authorities and public order and security, to reactivate the border and favor the economy, tourism and binational families on the border.

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