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Vice president and Minister of Foreign Affairs

MARTA LUCÍA RAMÍREZ DE RINCÓN

The Vice president and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of business development, commerce, international negotiations, foreign investment, security, democracy, governance, and regional development.

Throughout her career, she has been concerned with fighting corruption, promoting security, creating jobs, enhancing competitiveness, strengthening the judiciary, and promoting public policies that ensure women’s political, social, and economic empowerment.

Ramírez was the Conservative Party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 Presidential Elections, obtaining the third largest share of the votes. Since August 7th, 2018, she became the first woman to occupy the Vice presidency in the history of Colombia.

As Vice president, she has focused on transparency, fighting corruption, gender equity, infrastructure, transport, and economic growth. Furthermore, she is responsible for the promotion of science, technology, and innovation, as well as advising the President on issues regarding competitiveness and business development. She presides over the Colombian Ocean Commission and the Colombian Space Commission.

Simultaneously, the Vice president serves as Foreign Minister. In this capacity, she deepens actions to position Colombia as a world referent, building bridges to strengthen the country’s institutions, close social gaps and promote democracy.  

Marta Lucía Ramírez began her public life at the Banking Superintendence and was thereafter appointed as Director of the Colombian Institute for Foreign Trade -INCOMEX-. She served as Colombia’s Minister of Commerce in 1998. During her tenure, she led the Group of Young Exporting Entrepreneurs. In 2002, she served as Colombian Ambassador to France and was subsequently appointed as Minister of Defense. As the first and only woman to have served in that capacity, she created the Armed Forces’ School of Human Rights and promoted women in service, allowing them to reach the rank of general for the first time.

In 2006, Ramírez was elected to the Senate with over 70,000 votes. She chaired the Senate’s Second Commission on foreign relations and defense. During her tenure, she led the creation of the Borders Committee, a special body to monitor, develop, and promote Colombia’s border regions.

Ramírez studied Law at Javeriana University and specialized in Commercial and Financial Law. She did studies in High Business Direction at the INALDE Business School of La Sabana University and was an international relations fellow at Harvard University. She has also been a law professor at Los Andes and Javeriana Universities. She is married to Mr. Álvaro Rincón, with whom she has a daughter: María Alejandra Rincón Ramírez.
 

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