Colombia’s economy steps up a gear

Colombia has been through a “political and economic turnaround”, and now offers an appealing macroeconomic story, says Peter Kohli on Marketwatch.com. Violence has declined markedly in the past decade, while inflation has been tamed and the government is keeping a strict eye on the public finances.

This improved backdrop has enticed foreign capital into the country: foreign direct investment doubled last year. Throw in rising consumption by the expanding middle class, which has nearly doubled in a decade, and it’s clear why growth reached 6% in 2013.

The outlook remains positive. Colombia’s main exports are oil and coal, which [...]

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