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Introduction

After decelerating from a growth rate of 6.9% in 2007 to 1.7% in 2009, the Colombian economy recovered well and has been posting growth in excess of 4.0% since 2010. A booming mining sector was key to this performance. Growth resulted in the unemployment rate falling to single digits by the first half of 2013. The unemployment rate averaged 9.7% in 2013 and fell further to 9.2% by mid-2014

Features and benefits

* Understand how Colombia can be used to plan business investments or market entry through a holistic view of the country.
* Gain an understanding of the political situation in Colombia, including key figures in the country and governance indicators.
* Understand customer demographics in Colombia through analysis of income distribution and the rural-urban split, as well as healthcare and education.

Highlights

The PESTLE analysis of Colombia identifies issues that affect the country's performance using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) framework.
The political landscape section discusses the evolution of the political scenario in Colombia, as well as the country's economic, social, foreign, and defense policies. The section also discusses the country's performance according to World Bank Governance Indicators.
The economic landscape section outlines the evolution of Colombia's economy, as well as the country's performance in terms of GDP growth, composition by sector (agriculture, industry, and services), fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, credit disbursement, banking sector, and employment.

Your key questions answered

* How does Colombia perform in terms of technology-intensive sectors like telecoms and IT, patents, and R&D expenditure trends?
* What is the legal structure in Colombia and are the laws conducive to investment?
* How does Colombia perform in terms of environmental indicators and its environmental policies?
* How does Colombia perform in terms of healthcare, income distribution, and education?

Table Of Contents

Country Analysis Report: Colombia, In-depth PESTLE Insights
OVERVIEW
Catalyst
Summary
Key findings
PESTLE highlights
Key fundamentals
KEY FACTS AND GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
Key facts
Geographical location
PESTLE ANALYSIS
Summary
Political analysis
Overview
Current strengths
Current challenges
Future prospects
Future risks
Economic analysis
Overview
Current strengths
Current challenges
Future prospects
Future risks
Social analysis
Overview
Current strengths
Current challenges
Future prospects
Future risks
Technological analysis
Overview
Current strengths
Current challenges
Future prospects
Future risks
Legal analysis
Overview
Current strengths
Current challenges
Future prospects
Future risks
Environmental analysis
Overview
Current strengths
Current challenges
Future prospects
Future risks
POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
Summary
Evolution
Structure and policies
Key political figures
Structure of government
Key political parties
Composition of government
Key policies
Performance
Governance indicators
Outlook
ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE
Summary
Evolution
Structure and policies
Financial authorities and regulators
Banking sector
Stock markets
Performance
GDP and growth rate
Fiscal situation
Exports and imports
Current account
Debt situation
International investment position
Credit rating
Monetary situation
Employment
Outlook
SOCIAL LANDSCAPE
Summary
Evolution
Structure and policies
Demographic composition
Education
Healthcare
Social welfare
Performance
Healthcare
Education
Income distribution
Outlook
TECHNOLOGY LANDSCAPE
Summary
Evolution
Structure and policies
Innovation governance
Intellectual property
Performance
Telecommunications
RandD expenditure
Outlook
LEGAL LANDSCAPE
Summary
Evolution
Structure and policies
Judicial system
Legislation affecting business
Tax regulations
Labor laws
Trade regulations
Performance
Effectiveness of the legal system
Outlook
ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE
Summary
Evolution
Structure and policies
Environmental regulations
Participation in global efforts, agreements, and pacts
Performance
Environmental impact
Outlook
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