Colombia has a bright future ahead. The 2016 peace agreement with FARC has led to further improvements in the domestic security situation. The country’s economy is expanding rapidly, its population is young and eager to spend money, and its middle class is growing. The government recognises the importance of the private sector in the country’s development and has introduced corresponding incentives and guarantees. The free trade agreement with the European Union, which entered into force in 2013, has also contributed to further economic liberalisation.
Some four million Colombians currently live outside Colombia, and around 14,000 in Germany. Diana Ramos was one of them. An environmental engineer, she trained in Germany and spent many years living and working there before returning to Colombia and starting her own business with support from Business Ideas for Development.