Law 827 2003

Original Language Title: LEY 827 de 2003

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LAW 827 (July 10) 2003 Official Journal No. 45.248, on July 14, 2003 public power - legislative branch by means of which authorizes the Revolving Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to take the annual contribution of the Colombian Council of cooperation in the Pacific (Colpecc) to the Board of Pacific economic cooperation (PECC).
THE Congress of COLOMBIA Decree: Article 1. authorize is the Revolving Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to cancel the annual contribution of the Colombian Council for cooperation in the Pacific (Colpecc) to the Board of Pacific economic cooperation, (PECC).

Article 2nd. This law governs the date of its publication.
The President of the honorable Senate of the Republic, LUIS ALFREDO RAMOS BOTERO.
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate of the Republic, EMILIO RAMON OTERO DAJUD.
The President of the honorable House of representatives WILLIAM VELEZ MESA.
The Secretary General of the honorable House of representatives, ANGELINO LIZCANO RIVERA.
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA - NATIONAL GOVERNMENT PUBLISHED AND ENFORCED.
Given in Bogotá, D. C., on July 10, 2003.
ÁLVARO URIBE VÉLEZ the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the functions of the Office of the Foreign Minister, CLEMENCIA FORERO UCROS.
The Minister of finance and public credit, ALBERTO CARRASQUILLA BARRERA.
PROJECT of law 197 of 2001 Senate which is autoriza to the Revolving Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take the annual contribution of the Colombian Council for cooperation in the Pacific, Colpecc, the Council's Pacific economic cooperation, PECC.
COLOMBIA CONGRESS DECREES: ARTICLE 1A. Authorize is the Revolving Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to cancel the annual contribution of the Colombian Council of cooperation in the Pacific (Colpecc) to the Board of Pacific economic cooperation (PECC).

ARTICLE 2A. This law governs the date of its publication.
Given in Bogotá, D. C., to the...
Presented to the honorable Congress of the Republic by the undersigned Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of finance and public credit.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, GUILLERMO FERNANDEZ DE SOTO.
The Minister of finance and public credit, JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERON.
EXHIBITION of motives Honourable senators and representatives: on behalf of the national Government and in compliance with the provisions in articles 150 and 226 of the Constitution of the Republic of Colombia, have the honour to submit to your consideration the Bill by means of which is authorized to the Revolving Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take the contribution of Colombian Cooperation Council in the Pacific , Colpecc, on the Board of Pacific economic cooperation, PECC.
The Colombian Government is interested to promote the inclusion of real country in the economic dynamics of the Pacific Rim, emphasizing the sustained increase in economic relations with the countries of East Asia, in cooperation with international agencies operating in the region, under the recognition that the continent of greater extension and population has had a significant economic takeoff and has with countries such as Japan and China within the most powerful economies in the world. No one escapes leading position geoeconomic occupying the Pacific basin in the current international system.
COLOMBIA in the basin of the Pacific to through a greater inclusion of Colombia in the Pacific basin generates more diversification of markets and products, facilitates access to new technologies driving the development of the Colombian Pacific coast, in harmony with the mandate expressed in article 226 of our Constitution: "the State shall promote the internationalization of political relations economic, social and ecological on grounds of equity, reciprocity and national convenience".
The Asia Pacific region became in a short period in development and economic growth pole, at epicenter of trade and investment at the international level, cutting-edge technology and true scenario of integration, economic cooperation and open regionalism. According to projections from the World Bank for the year 2010, East Asia, the fastest growing of the basin region, will represent 34.6% of world GDP and 39% of global trade.
The definition of the Pacific basin is varied. Geographically it corresponds to countries that have as a common denominator to be located on the same ocean. However, the axis of its existence is the important process of interrelationship, interdependence and economic and commercial cooperation between the countries bordering the Pacific, generating the formation of a dynamic and increasingly open region.
Asia Pacific countries have exercised a sort of modern integration: flexible, agile, eminently commercial character and with a constant participation of the private sector in response to the need for affordable, quality conform to the irruption of political and economic power in East Asia.
To the cold war and the high level of regional economic interdependence, the focus of global attention has changed the political and ideological rivalry towards inter-dependence and post-conflict economic and commercial, sharing the idea of a more free and undistorted trade to maximize benefits for the region.
Council of economic cooperation in the Pacific, PECC Pacific economic cooperation, PECC Board, came at the initiative of Japan and Australia, in the first Conference on economic cooperation in the Pacific, held in Canberra in 1980 under the recognition of the broad prospects of cooperation and international exchange for the Nations of the Pacific rim and has established itself as a non-governmental organization tripartite, devoted to promoting economic cooperation in the Pacific rim.
The PECC has the function to provide economic opportunities and also the difficulties that may arise for business and Government initiatives in the field of economic and commercial integration. In this way it has become a promoter of policies and research on the economic dynamics of the Pacific basin.
The PECC brings together the most senior officials of Governments, with national and international academics and entrepreneurs committed to free trade and the promotion of open trade, in order to share perspectives and experiences for concerted and consensual answers to regional economic problems.
The PECC comprises the economies of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Korea, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Philippines, of the Pacific Islands Forum, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Viet Nam and participate in quality of partners France, by their territories in the Pacific Ocean, and Mongolia. The PECC uses the term "economies" to accommodate situations such as that of Hong Kong and Taiwan, without having to give them international recognition as sovereign States.
The composition of the committees of the various economies is tripartite. Senior executives from business, academia and Government are participating in the national committees. This composition seeks the maximum result from the contribution that makes each of these sectors for the best use of the dynamics of the Pacific basin. The tripartite scheme aims to a development of the economic dynamics of the region promoted by the company, with the support of the Government and with the ingredient of academic analysis.
For this reason, the PECC was not created by Treaty and does not set quotas as it is the case of the international agencies, but each National Committee makes an annual contribution.
Several Member States make their contributions to the PECC from the budget of the ministries of Foreign Affairs.
The PECC works beginning with a low level of institutionalization and a reduced administrative apparatus. The structure of the PECC is minimal, includes a General Assembly every two years, a General Secretariat in Singapore, a Standing Committee is the Executive Body, consisting of 25 committees of economies that are part of the PECC, and two institutional members with limited capacity. The structure also includes coordinating group, which is composed by the coordinators of the working groups and generates the work plan of the PECC. Each working group is made up of representatives of the economies members who wish to participate.
The goal of the ECCP is the promote the growth and economic development in the Pacific region. Within this objective context, the PECC has the following specific objectives:-help the members to tackle globalisation successfully.
-Prevent the autarky of the economies - fight against the isolationist mentality and maintain the thrust of the opening, including the open regionalism.
-Promote, through informal, non-exclusive, and multilateral consultations regional growth.
-Sharing the costs and benefits of cooperation.
-To promote discussions and the studies aimed to seek pragmatic and consensus policies.
Strengthen the system of multilateral trade, regional liberalization, trade facilitation, and cooperation for the development of all economies taking part in PECC.

The PECC has a recognized trajectory of study and analysis of issues such as trade policy, financial markets, sectors, agriculture, mining and services.
The PECC objectives are mainly achieved through the programs of the following groups of work, - task forces - and forums: Science and technology, energy, financial markets, forum for food and agriculture, human talent, minerals, projections and economic structures, sustainable cities, information industry and telecommunications, tourism, trade policy, and transport.
These working groups create a highly favorable Dynamics for the inclusion of different economies in the Pacific Rim, forming a mechanism useful and economical access to the benefits of economic growth in the basin for the Colombian case. These groups, task forces (task groups) and forums organized seminars and workshops, lead studies and publish its conclusions and recommendations for the benefit of the Pacific community. In this sense, it is necessary to continue working to achieve a greater awareness of the different national sectors on the importance of the dynamic inclusion of Colombia in the Pacific basin.
The PECC has been consolidated as a non-governmental, tripartite and dedicated organization to promote economic cooperation in the Pacific rim. In this way it has become a promoter of policies and research, serving as a catalyst for economic development in the region.
In the context of globalization the PECC has helped, through the interaction of various Member economies, to formulate long-term development policies, which have been useful to deal with periods of crisis in some of the region's economies. The PECC has encouraged regionalism in the Pacific basin. Finally, the constant realization of forums and meetings of the working groups in different areas of the work of the PECC has enabled the formulation and implementation of specific projects that benefit the economic dynamics of the Pacific rim and every economy in particular.
Committee Colombia's cooperation in the Pacific, COLPECC the Colombian Committee of cooperation in the Pacific, Colpecc, was created by Decree 1410 of 1987 as National Advisory Council of the Government, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and modified by Decree 1373 of 1992, which established its structure to give a greater business participation sectors and academic. The Foreign Minister is the President of the Colpecc (article 3 of the Decree 1410 of 1987).
According to the Decree of Constitution, the objectives of the Colpecc are as follows:-orient national capacity towards the knowledge of the countries of the Pacific basin, of its resources, both e n the academic and in the economic and business level, technical, scientific and Government, as well as their own, to promote their Exchange and integrate it into the harmonious development of the country.
-Identify and promote the implementation of commercial programmes with the coastal countries of the Pacific basin.
And the functions of the Colpecc are:-study and recommend channels of communication with countries and international organizations operating in the region.
-Propose mechanisms for technical and scientific cooperation that tend to develop the Colombian Pacific coast.
-To advise the Government on the adoption of plans and programmes pan-pacificos.
-To assess the development of plans, programmes or projects which promote the Council's Pacific economic cooperation, PECC.
The Colpecc was admitted as an associate member of the PECC in 1992 and as a full member in 1994.
The Colpecc forward work of promotion and dissemination on issues related to the inclusion of Colombia in the Pacific basin through the Organization, coordination and participation in events business, academic and research with which its national image has been strengthened. To do this, the Colpecc studies and recommended channels of communication with countries and international organizations operating in the region and orients the national capacity towards the understanding of countries of the Pacific basin and their academic, economic, business, technical, scientific and governmental resources, in order to promote the Exchange, integration and the harmonious development of the country.
In the period 1995-1998, the Colombian Isaac Tachman served as Administrative Director and budget of the PECC.
Colpecc, through Colciencias, coordinated with the Committee of Taipei, China, the Working Group on Science and technology of the PECC, since September 1997.
In September 1996 were made in Cartagena meetings of the Standing Committee and of the PECC coordinating group: and the workshop on commercialization of technology, organized by the science and technology working group took place in Cali. For the first time, on that occasion, he met in Latin America.
It is important to highlight that, both the desire to enjoy the benefits derived from membership in this international economic forum, which respond to the need to encourage foreign investment and the quest for the realization of projects in the Pacific Coast Colombian as the importance which, since 1990, is assigning the national Government to the work being done by the PECC in favour of the development of cooperation between the countries of the basin in the Pacific, are sufficient reasons to support the legitimate interest of the Government that leads today to submit for consideration by the Honourable National Congress the draft law.
The Honourable senators and representatives.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, GUILLERMO FERNANDEZ DE SOTO.
The Minister of finance and public credit, JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERON.
LAW 424 (January 13) 1998 which ordered the follow-up to the international agreements signed by Colombia.
THE Congress of COLOMBIA Decree: article 1. The national Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall submit annually the latter commissions of Foreign Affairs of the Senate and House, and within the first thirty days calendar after the legislative period that begins each July 20, a detailed report on how they are fulfilling and developing the existing international agreements signed by Colombia with other States is.
Article 2nd. Each dependency of the national Government responsible for executing international treaties within their competence and require reciprocity in the same, transfer relevant information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and, the latter commissions.
Article 3. The full text of this law will be incorporated as an annex to each and every one of the international conventions which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted to the Congress for consideration.
Article 4th. This law governed from its promulgation.
The President of the honorable Senate of the Republic, AMÍLKAR ACOSTA MEDINA.
The Secretary-General of the honorable Senate of the Republic, PEDRO PUMAREJO VEGA.
The President of the honorable House of representatives, CARLOS ARDILA BALLESTEROS.
The Secretary General of the honorable House of representatives, DIEGO VIVAS TAFUR.
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA - NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.
PUBLISHED AND EXECUTED.
Given in Santa Fe de Bogotá, D. C., on January 13, 1998.
ERNESTO SAMPER PIZANO, the Foreign Minister, MARIA EMMA Mejia VELEZ.


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