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Doing business in Colombia

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Colombia.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Columbia
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Highlights of Colombia
PwC publication available in English and Spanish giving macroeconomic indicators and an overview of the year.

Guides

Overseas Business Risk - Colombia
Guidance from the Department for International Trade on potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. Covers economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing Business in Colombia 2019
Report published by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation that compares business regulations across 23 cities.

Colombia company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Doing Business and Investing in Colombia
Guide published by PwC in 2018 covering the legal and corporate tax matters relating to foreign investment in Colombia.

Colombia: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Colombia. Published in November 2018

Atradius Country Report: Colombia
Overview published by Atradius covering the country's most important business sectors, key indicators, political and economic summaries and outlook. Updated in April 2018.

Taxation and Investment in Colombia 2016
Guides from Deloitte featuring information on the Investment Climate, Labour Relations and Work Force, Business Regulations, Foreign Investment, Choice of Business Entity and Corporate Taxation.

Doing Business in Latin America
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering Colombia. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Colombia either temporarily or permanently. Published in December 2015.

Doing business in Colombia
Guide produced by UK Trade and Investment and IMA covering exporting, doing business, import formalities and background information on the country.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Colombia page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Latin American Corporate Governance Roundtable
Forum established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Publications include a practical guide and case studies available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Colombian National Registry of Securities and Issuers and the Colombian Stock Exchange for public trading
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Forums and support networks

British Colombian Chamber of Commerce
Support network for promoting business and trade.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Colombia
Analysis of the business environment in Colombia, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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