Who in the Colombian Government
de Nariño (Presidency of Colombia)
Alvaro Uribe Vélez
Job Description: The
President of Colombia is the Chief of State, Chief of
Government and the supreme adminstartive authority.
Uribe ran as an independent and won the first round of
presidential elections on May 26, 2002. Uribe has had
a long public service career; he has been mayor of Medellín,
senator and governor of populous Antioquia department.
As a presidential "pre-candidate" during Andrés
Pastrana's presidency (1998-2002), Uribe was an outspoken
critic of Pastrana's unsuccessful peace talks with the
FARC and ELN. Uribe has promised to get tough with the
guerrillas. He also has vowed to reconstruct the government,
attack corruption and reactivate the economy.
out any missions or special assignments as dictated by
the president. These have included advising the president
in the areas of Human Rights and the fight against corruption.
Santos founded the Fundación País Libre,
a human rights group focused on the fight against kidnapping,
and was part of the organizing comittee for the "No
Más"campaign against the war and kidnapping.
Santos was also the editor of El Tiempo, Colombia's
largest newspaper, which is owned by the Santos family.
Social: Luis Alfonso Hoyos
Job Description: He is in charge of the coordination
and development of social action policies proposed by
the Colombian government and the foreign relations ministry.
He is also in charge of administrating and promoting international
cooperation under the foreign relations ministry.
of Interior and Justice
of Interior and Justice: Sabas Pretelt de la Vega
Description: The Uribe administration merged
these two ministies. The Ministry of Interior formulates
and implements all governance polices. Consequently, it
deals with all domestic political issues, peace, basic rights
and liberties, citzen participation in the political and
social life of the nation, indigenous issues, and the relationship
between the nation and all territorial entities. The Ministry
of Justice evaluates the country's judicial system, its
application, impact and development in order to frame judicial
Pretelt de la Vega, a member of the Conservative Party,
was President of Colombia's powerful National Federation
of Commerce (FENALCO). He was also a strong supporter of
Mr. Uribe's referendum initiative. The new minister will
face a complex legislative agenda, including economic reforms,
controversial anti-terrorist legislation and structural
reforms to the state.
of Foreign Relations
of Foreign Relations: Carolina Barco
Ministry of Foreign Relations proposes, coordinates and
executes Colombia's foreign policy, under the command
of the president. It also administers Colombia's foreign
Barco will have to convince the international community
to continue and increase its assistance to Colombia. She
will also have to strengthen political relationships with
the United States and neighboring countries, particularly
Ambassador to the United States: Andrés
Ambassador is charged with representing Colombia in the
United States and managing the Colombian embassy in Washington.
This position is new to Mr. Pastrana, who was president
of Colombia from 1998 to 2002.
Chief: Admiral Mauricio Soto Gómez
Job Description: He
is the maximum authority within the institution which
is in charge of the use of force in maritime, riverine
and terrestrial spaces under its responsibility.
of Domestic Finance: Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera
Description: Develop all state policies regarding
managing federal finances, collecting taxes, managing
Government accounts and the public debt and enforcing
finance and tax laws.
Carrasquilla has the great challenge of moving the economy
forward while tightening government spending and increasing
taxes. He is likely to face strong opposition in Congress
as he continues to push for tax reform.
to becoming Minister Carrasquilla was Dean of the School
of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes.
of Commerce: Jorge
Description: The Uribe administration has merged
the Ministry of Economic Development and Foreign Commerce
under this heading.
new minister will develop economic policies to further
economic and social development. He will also direct,
coordinate and execute all foreign economic policy, in
coordination with domestic programs.
Botero, a lawyer with an extensive background in the private
and public sectors, served as judicial secretary for the
Barco administration (1986-1990) and has been the president
of ASOBANCARIA and ASOFONDOS.
of Labor and Health
of Labor and Health: Diego Palacio
Uribe Administration also merged these two offices. The
new minister will be charged with coordinating, formulating,
and directing all policies dealing with work, labor, and
social security. He will also deal with formulating all
programs, plans and projects dealing with the health care
system, scientific and adminstrative norms to promote
health, treatment of diseases, and rehabilitation programs.
Minister of Labor his job will focus on employment, as
the Uribe administration has committed itself to creating
2.5 million jobs during its four years. In Congress he
will be charged with spearheading the debate around pension
Minister of Health he will have to deal with the financial
crisis of hospitals and clinics throughout Colombia.
of Mines and Energy
of Mines and Energy:
Luis Ernesto Mejía Castro
Job Description: Responsible for the oversight
and development of all technical, economic, judicial,
industrial and commercial activities regarding the use
of natural resources and energy sources throughout the
country in accordance with the national development plan.
Mejía's number one priority will be to deal with
the country's energy sector crisis; he knows and understands
this sector very well, as he was vice-minister in the
Andres Uriel Gallego
Job Description: Oversee and execute all national
policy in the areas of transportation and infrastructure.
Gallego will have to rethink strategies set forth by previous
governments, many of which have proven very expensive.
He will also be charged with the continued implementation
of programs financed with Plan Colombia funds, such as
"Roads for Peace."
Cecilia María Vélez
Job Description: Formulate policies, programs,
plans and objectives to adequatly gurantee the best possible
Vélez will have to deal with a number of challenges,
such as increasing public schools' coverage. She will
also seek to establish mandatory evaluations for teachers
and students and minimum achievement standards.
Job Description: Define policies and regulations
to guarantee the appropriate management and use of all renewable
natural resources and the environment.
Suárez, Uribe's former director for implementing
Plan Colombia, is charged with protecting Colombia's environment.
With only 15 months of public experience, Ms. Suárez
will face significant challenges.
Martha Elena Pinto de Hart
Job Description: Coordinate the services that
are part of the communications sector, establish rules and
dictate norms that regulate the sector's functioning.
Hart will be very busy dealing with pending legislation
set in motion by the previous administration.
General : Mario Germán
Job Description: He
is the maximum authority within the institution and represents
it amoung the public authorities and citizens.
General (Internal Affairs): Edgardo Maya
Defender: Volmar Antonio Pérez
Job Description: He is the maximum authority
within the institution. He is in charge of impulsing human
rights in an efective way throughout the nation.
of the Constitutional Court: Manuel José
Job Description: He is
the maximum authority within the institution.