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LINKS TO HOME PAGES:                        

BELONGING TO, OR RECOMMENDED BY THE 
ANTIOQUIA STATE GOVERNMENT
 
     COMMENTS from the Editor of MedellinInfo.

The following E Mail list is from the print publication: Republic of Colombia ANTIOQUIA: A Competitive Region for Investment.  This fine book is a result of the collaborative efforts of:  Antioquia Governor's Office, Productivity and Competitiveness Secretary's Office, Universidad de Antioquia, School of Economic Sciences and the Economic Research Center, with additional acknowledgments to: Development Institute of Antioquia-IDEA, Antioquia Strategic Plan-PLANEA, Foundation for Antioquia's Progress-Proantioquia.

The book is 123 pages, in English, and packed with useful statistics, graphs and contact information for individuals and companies searching for information and reasons to invest in this beautiful and progressive region of Colombia. 

In addition to being available in print, we believe  this book should also be made available on the Internet. 

Here's why:

1.  The cost-to reproduce the book on the Internet would be a small fraction of the cost of creating and printing hard copies.

2.  "Distribution" on the Internet is nearly "free" AND, more than one billion Internet users would have immediate access to this information.

3.  Up dating-the books vital information, if it were on the Internet, would be fast, easy, and cost almost nothing.

4.  Positive image for Antioquia - In business, the positive image received from an informative, progressive and up-to-date Internet presence is incalculable.

The following ANTIOQUIA LINKS LIST was compiled during the third quarter of 2006, when the book was about two years out of print. In addition to the LINKS listed below, there were 26 others which appeared in the book, but were non-working links?

The Home Pages which are accessed by Links below, in our opinion, were not designed and or programed to receive maximum Search Engine exposure. Current Internet statistics show that more than 80% of website visitors find websites via Search Engine Search Results. The ways and methods of maximizing the continual increase of visitors to websites is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  SEO is a multi-million dollar business which now is offered as an important course in many Business Universities.  Most of the Links shown here are difficult or impossible to find on the first few pages of Search Engine Results, and this fact is a major reason why we are happy to provide this list.  

Additionally, there are many political leaders who do not understand the Internet and the importance of maintaining their domain and Home Pages.  Currently, there are more than eight billion website domains and sub-domains listed on Googles estimated 500,000 Search Engine Dedicated PCs which are believed to be located in eight world-wide data centers.  With this number of websites, the time required for the Search Engines to "crawl" the Internet, and find and record new domain names can take many months. The combination of these factors, PLUS the arrogance of many newly elected politicians who "abandon" any remaining domain and Home Page efforts of previous administrations, are major reasons why many government websites fail to achieve even mediocre results for their Home Pages. This ignorance is common among all governments worldwide and is not directed specifically at Colombia governments. 

While this constructive criticism is directed to the State of Antioquia and the City of Medellin, it should be noted that these two political bodies are considered by many in Colombia as the most progressive in the country!  The areas elected political leadership, for the most part, is young, educated, traveled and motivated to lead their governments under "full disclosure, and continually "in the sunshine". 

In greater Medellin, with a population of about 3 million people, it is conservatively estimated there are at least 10,000 people who speak and understand "good quality English".  They remain a valuable resource which is grossly under utilized. The greatest return on investment, toward improving the economy, is without question, the widest possible use of the international language-English!   There remains a great deal of "lip service" toward greater implementation of English, but the results, so far, indicate it's been "for show".  Greatly improved economies and more opportunities for the poor will only be achieved when governments pass and enforce laws that ALL workers, both private and government, who are asked to speak a second language in their jobs are payed and maintained at a pay level amounting toat least 15% ABOVE their current pay!  The payback for this investment in opening the doors of this great area TO THE WORLD, would be noticed in months!  There are a number of "forces" against such an idea.  Who's got the guts to change?  Who has the willpower to eliminate what we believe is the destructive creation of our students inferior complex-forced by the Federal and State governments who continue the required "teaching" of English for five years, when the so-called "results" CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A COMPLETE FAILURE?  Pronunciation remains as the major problem in language instruction.  We must incorporate either computer assisted education that incorporates NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS, or, on a longer term, implement a teacher exchange program in the teaching of foreign languages.  Or, the choice is ours to continue to raise our general population infested with inferiority complexes? 

A high percentage of political leaders and business owners, plus their top management, speak a second language.  These important people represent the "makers and shakers" of Colombia.  Many of the informed poor are asking the question:  is maintaining the status quo and forever providing only "lip service", their way of maintaining power and economic position?  For the future of a great country-Colombia, we hope not!

 

LINKS TO HOME PAGES:       
 
BELONGING TO, OR RECOMMENDED BY THE             
ANTIOQUIA STATE GOVERNMENT            
 
Antioquia Governor's Office (Gobernacion de Antioquia)
 
Antioquia Assembly (Legislative Body)
 
Antioquia Development Institute-IDEA-(Instituto para el Desarrollo de Antioquia-IDEAA)
www.idea.gov.co   ENGLISH
 
Education for Culture Secretariat (Secretaria de Educacion para la Cultura)
 
Antioquia Health Sectional Direction (Direccion Seccional de Salud de Antioquia)
 
Antioquia Liquor Factory-FLA (Fabrica de Licores de Antioquia-FLA)
 
OTHER ANTIOQUIAN ENTITIES
 
Comfenalco Antioquia
 
Comfama
 
Electric Interconection (Interconexion Electrica S.A.EST-ISA)  ENGLISH
 
ISAGEN S.A.ESP
 
ANTIOQUIA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
 
Medellin Chamber of Commerce for Antioquia  (Camara de Comercio de Medellin para Antioquia)
 
South Aburra Chamber of Commerce (Camara de Comercio del Aburra Sur)
 
East Chamber of Commerce  (Camara de Comercio de Oriente)
 
Uraba Chamber of Commerce (Camara de Comercio de Uraba)
 
ANTIOQUIA ENTREPENAUR'S ASSOCIATIONS
 
National Industrialist Association-ANDI. (Asociacion Nacional de Industriales-ANDI)
 
Antioquia Traqder Federation (Federacion Antioquena de Comerciantes)
 
Colombia Banking association-ASOBANCARIA.  (Asociacion Bancaria Colombiana-ASOBANCARIA)
 
Financial Institutions National Association-ANIF. (Asociacion Nacional de Instituciones Financieras-ANIF)
www.anif.com.co
 
National Union School (Escuela Nacional Sindical)
 
Antioquia Chamber of Construction-CAMACOL. (Camara de la Construccion de Antioquia-CAMACOL)
 
INSTITUTIONS FOR ENTERPRISE SUPPORT
 
Technological Eevelopment Center for Pharmaceutical Industry-CECIF. (Centro de Desarrollo Tecnologico de la Industria Farmaceutica-CECIF)
 
Research and Development Center for Construction Industry (Centro de la Investigacion y Desarrollo de la Industria de la Construccion)
 
Research and Technological Development Center for Colombian Electric Sector-CIDET. (Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Technologico del Sector Electrico Colombiano-CIDET)
 
Plastic and Rubber Training and Research Institute. (Instituto de Capacitacion e Innvestigacion del Plastico y del Caucho)
 
Biological Research Corporation (Corporacion de Investigaciones Biologicas)
 
National Center for Cleaner Production and Environmental Technologies-CNPML. (Dentro Nacional de Produccion Mas Limpia y Tecnologias Ambientales-CNPML)
 
Research and Technological Development Center for Food Industry-CIAL. (Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tenologico de la Industria de Alimentos-CIAL
 
Quality Coporation (Corporacion Calidad)
 
Antioquia Small Enterprises (Microempresas de Antioquia)
 
Actual Famiempresas
 
Antioquia Guaranty Fund (Fondo de Garantias de Antioquia)
 
Project Promoter S.A. (Promotora de Proyectos S.A.)
 
Antioquia Science and Technology Center (Centro de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Antioquia)
 
Antioquia Technological-base Enterprise Promotor (Incubadora de Empresas de Base Tecnologica de Antioquia
 
Latin American Innovation Gateway (Portal de Innovacion Lationoamericano)
 
INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT TEXTILE SECTOR
 
Colombia Export and Fashion Institute-INEXMODA. (Instituto Colombiano para la Exportacion y la Moda)
www.inexmoda.org.co  ENGLISH.....NOTE: Good website with good information.
 
Colombian Fashion (COLOMBIAMODA)
www.colombiamoda.com  ENGLISH.....NOTE: Good website with good information.
 
Colombia Textile Industry Fair-COLOMBIATEX. (Feria de Industria Textil Colombiana)
www.colombiatex.com  ENGLISH
 
INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT THE MINING SECTOR
 
International Mining Fair 2005  (Feria Internacional Minera 2005)
www.miningcolombia.com  ENGLISH  NOTE: Site has a good 60 sec. video promoting Antioquia 
 
Ministry of Mining and Energy (Ministerio de Minas y Energia)
 
Colombia Geological and Mining Institute-INGEOMINAS. (Instituto Geologico y Minero de Colombia)
 
Mining and Energy Planning Unit-UPME (Unidad de Planeacion Minero-energetica)
 
INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT TOURISM SECTOR 
 
Antioquia Tourism (Turismo Antioquia)
www.antioquiadigital.com   NOTE: Site has a good info.
 
Tourism Promotion Fund (Fondo de Promocian Turistica)
www.turismocolombia.com   NOTE: Site has a great MAPS.  Site Home Page shows 4 languages, but only one works!?
 
Colombia Hotel Association -COTELCO  (Associacion de Hotelera de Colombia)
If COTELCO has spent money or time promoting the above websites, the very least they should do is maintain the domains and re-direct them to existing COTELCO websites that are in operation. The cost of dong this is almost nothing, and it shows respect for Internet visitors to COTELCO websites. 
 
Where to Travel - Another COTELCO website listed in the book.
www.dondeviajo.com   NOTE: Site has a good info.  On a personal note, we have difficulty in trying to promote COTELCO members?
                                           When you Google: "Colombia Hotel Association" you will find their site listed on the THIRD page of
                                           Search Results, and when you click on the Link, their page does not open! 
                                           When you enter the name of the association in Spanish: Asociación Hotelera de Colombia,
                                           the Search Results are one and two-very good!  When you enter the search word:
                                           COTELCO the search results are Number One, again very good,  BUT, English is not
                                           available on any of their websites. How many English speaking potential guests recognize the initials:
                                           COTELCO?  Is COTELCO interested in the vast potential market of INTERNATIONAL TOURISM
                                           and CONVENTIONS?  A great opportunity to help improve: the economy of Colombia and the
                                           international image of Colombia is going to waste!  After five years of trying to market to COTELCO
                                           member hotels, we have come to the conclusion that COTELCO has a great deal of influance over
                                            their member hotels?
 
 
INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT AGRICULTURE AND CATTLE RAISING SECTOR
 
Ministry of Agriculture (Ministerio de Agricultura)
 
Colombia International Corporation (Corporacion Internacional Colombia)
 
Antioquia Wholesale Center (Centreal Mayorista de Antioquia)
www.lamayorista.com.co
 
National Coffee Growers (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros)
 
Colombia Flower Growers Association-ASOCOLFLORES (Asociacion Colombiana de Floricultores)
 
National Agriculture and Cattle Raising Stock Exchange (Bolsa Nacional Agropecuaria)
 
National Cocoa Growers Federation (Federacion Nacional de Cacaoteros)
 
National Cattle Raisers Federation (Federacion Nacional de Ganaderos)
 
INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT EXPORTS
 
Export Promotion Agency- PROEXPORT (Agencia de Promocion de las Exportaciones)
www.proexport.gov.co   ENGLISH 
 
Colombia Foreign Trade Bank - BANCOLDEX- (Banco de Comercia Exterior de Colombia)
 
National Exporters Association - ANALDEX  (Asociacion Nacional de Exportadores)
 
Rionegro Free-trade Zone (Zona Franca de Comercio de Rionegro)
 
PUBLIC ENTITIES
 
Aburra Valley Metropolitan Area (Area Metropolitana del Valle de Aburra)
 
Antioquia General Comptroller´s Office (Contraloria General de Antioquia)
 
Middle Antioquia Regional and Autonomous Corporation - Corantioquia. (Corporacion Autonoma Regional del Centro de Antioquia)
 
Rionegro and Nare rivers basins Regional and Autonomous Corporation - Cornare.  (Corporacion Autonoma Regional de las Cuencas de los Rios Rionegro y Nare)
 
Corporation for the Sustainable Development of Uraba - Corpouraba (Corporacion para el Desarrollo Sostenible del Uraba)
 
Medellin Utilities and Telephone Public Enterprises (Empresas Publicas de Medellin)
 
Medellin International Cooperation Agency (Agencia para la cooperacion Internacional de Medellin)
www.acimedellin.org  NOTE: This agency promotes the use of English.
 
ACADEMIC INSTUTIONS
 
Antioquia University (Universidad de Antioquia)
 
Antioquia Regional National Learning Service (Sena regional Antioquia)
 
Antioquia Engineering School (Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia)
 
EAFIT University (Universidad Eafit)
www.eafit.edu.co    ENGLISH 
 
Universidad Nacional de Colombia  UNAL  Medellin Headquarters
www.unalmed.edu.co
 
ANTIOQUIA TELEVISION
 
Teleantioquia
 
Telemedellin
 
Antioquia University Channel, Canal U
 
ANTIOQUIA NEWSPAPERS
 
El Colombiano Newspaper (Periodico El Colombiano)
 
El Mundo Newspaper (Periodico El Mundo)
 
LIBRARIES IN ANTIOQUIA
 
NOTE:  There were only two listings, and neither link would open?
 
ANTIOQUIA CULTURAL PATRAMONY
 
Antioquia Museum  (Museo de Antioquia)
 
Medellin Utilities and Telephone Public Enterprises Interactive Museum - EPM
(Museo Interactive de Empresas Publicas de Medellin)
 
Antioquia Folcloric Ballet (Ballet Folkoorico de Antioquia)
www.balletfolkloricodeantioquia.com  A portion appears in ENGLISH 
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
Metropolitan Area  (Area Metropolitana)
 
Barbosa
 
Copacabana
 
Envigado
 
Itagui
 
Girardoda
 
La Estrella
 
Sabaneta
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
Middle Magdalena (Magdalena Medio)
 
Puerto Nare
 
Alejandria
 
Segovia
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
Uraba
 
Carepa
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
Low Cauca (Bajo Cauca)
 
Caucasia
 
Nechi
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
North (Norte)
 
Anori
 
Briceno
 
Companmento
 
Entrerrios
 
San Pedro de los Milagros
 
Yarumal
 
Santa Rosa de Osos
 
Santo Comingo
 
Yali
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
West (Occidente)
 
Heliconia
 
Liborina
 
Sopetran
 
Uramita
 
Santa Fe de Antioquia
www.santafedeantioquia.gov.co/   NOTE: Good fotos
 
Buritica
 
Dabeiba
 
Ebejiico
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
East (Oriente)
 
El Carmen de Viboral
 
El Santuario
 
Le Ceja
 
Marinilla
www.marinilla.gov.co/
 
San Carlos
 
Rionegro
 
Granada
 
Sonson
 
La Ceja
 
Guarme
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
Southwest (Suroeste)
 
Amaga
 
Andes
 
Betania
 
Caramanta
 
Ciudad Bolivar
 
Concordia
 
Fredonia
 
Jerico
 
Montebello
 
Salgar
 
Tamesis
 
Tarso
 
Urrao
 
Valparaiso
 
ANTIOQUIA MAYOR´S OFFICES
Further Informaton and Contacts:
 
Government of Antioquia, Productivity and Competitiveness Secretary´s Office
Mr. Juan Camilo Quintero Medina (Chief) jquintero@antioquia.gov.co
 
Antioquia Development Institute IDEA
Mr. Julian Cardona (International Cooperation Manager)  jacardona@idea.gov.co
www.idea.gov.co    GOOD ENGLISH
 
Antio quia University
Mr. Mauricio Alviar (Dean of the School of Economic Sciences) 
 
Chamber of Commerce of Medellin
Mr. Jaime Echeverry (Planning Director)
 
Proexprot Antioquia
Mr. Jorge Alberto Sierra Campuzano (Chief)
 
Cooperation International Agency of Medellin
Mr. Manuel Esteban Acevedo (Chief)
 
Enterprise Promoting Center of Antioquia
Mr. Jorge Montoya Sancheza (Investment Center Director)
www.incubadora.org.co  ENGLISH
 
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