Fort Lauderdale proclaims November 21 as Medellín Day

United States ―  Fort Lauderdale has proclaimed November 21 as Medellín Day. The city honors Medellín on the 56th anniversary of their agreement of friendship and cultural, economic, social and political exchange.

Among the exchange activities, both cities have signed a memorandum of understanding between the Florida Atlantic University and the National University of Colombia, Medellín headquarters; also, there has been several cooperation activities between the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department and the Administrative Department of Disaster Risk Management ― DGRED ― to improve the attention and rescue on disaster situations.

Recently, the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department assisted DGRED in the development of activities to improve its emergency response practices; and in October of this year, a delegation from the Medellín Fire Department made a technical visit to its counterpart in Florida.

In addition, an educational agreement focused on design and social sciences activities was signed between the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees (FAU) and the National University of Colombia (UN) Medellín, to expand their relations of academic cooperation.

The good relations between Medellín and Fort Lauderdale have allowed the improvement of their air connectivity due to the arrival of US airlines Spirit and Jet Blue to the capital of Antioquia, which have direct flights between both cities.

The twinning agreement

In 1961, Fort Lauderdale issued the resolution 8244 in which Medellin is declared its Sister City. For this reason, the former mayor of Medellín J. Jaime Nicholls (1981-1982), presented the keys of the city to the then mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Virginia Young, extolling the exchange of experiences and the good relationship between both cities.

“This recognition is special for Medellín because it shows the consolidation of relationship that has been growing over the years. The dynamics of this twinning have allowed us to exchange best practices and to develop very positive activities with Fort Lauderdale. I am very about the celebration of Medellín’s day in Fort Lauderdale! I hope there are many more exchange and learning opportunities to come” said the Director of ACI Medellín, Sergio Escobar.

Testimony of the mayor of Medellín

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Transformación social de Medellín atre a funcionarios de Brasil

Medellín, a case study in social transformation and economic development issues

Between October 30 and 31, 12 mayors from the state of Minas Gerais visited ACI Medellín. They were interested in knowing the territorial transformation of the city driven by its economic development and which generates a propitious environment for innovation, the creation of new businesses and the attraction of foreign investment.

The representatives of the state of Minas Gerais visited the educational projects of the city and the impact on the quality of life of citizens. Joao Roberto Marques Lobo, Regional Manager of the Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises – SEBRAE said: “we are here to know Medellín, a surprising, innovative and hospitable city. The city is considered to be a benchmark for economic development and social transformation.”

Likewise, the delegates visited the entities that have been key in these city processes: Proantioquia, Ruta N, the Entrepreneurship Park, the Economic Development Secretariat and the clusters for the promotion of business development and competitiveness.

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Industrias Creativas de Argentina 2017

Medellín in the Market for Creative Industries of Argentina 2017

Medellín participated in the recent version of the Market for Creative Industries of Argentina, MICA, held in the Cultural Center of Science (C3) in Buenos Aires. From October 6 to 8, this event brought together governments and entrepreneurs from different countries to hold discussions about industries such as the performing arts, audiovisual, design, publishing, music and video games.

MICA (in Spanish) allows entrepreneurs of creative industries to access new business opportunities and expand their sales.

For three days, the city was represented by the Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellín and the Metropolitan Area, ACI Medellín. This space allowed them to learn about the best practices of the cultural sector and its creative economy.

During the event, 4,000 sectorial business conferences, presentations and workshops were attended by 1,500 entrepreneurs.

This was MICA’s fourth version, the ideal space to learn from creative business and to discuss about the cultural undertakings of the participating countries and other governmental bodies from Argentina.

“In this event we have a two-way exercise in which we get close and cooperate with Argentina. We will show them our experience on urban equipment for culture and our knowledge about their creative industries,” said Diego Vélez, Senior Professional of ACI Medellín.

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Medellín Stands out in the Cities Conference for its Transformation

Medellín participated at the Cities Conference on Wednesday, October 4, at the ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile. The objective was to create a discussion around the relevance of the implementation mechanisms for sustainable urban development, public – private cooperation and urban mobility.

The meeting seeks to implement the New Urban Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean for inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable cities.

In Panel 5, Sergio Escobar – Executive Director of ACI Medellín – made a presentation entitled: How to finance the implementation of the Regional Action Plan? and another in Session 1: The Challenge of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities. In both spaces, he talked about the experience of Medellín, its transformation process; public-private alliances; the strategy of internationalization and its plan to achieving the goals of sustainable development by the year 2030.

“The participation in these spaces in which cities are the core for the management of development projects is essential for Medellín. All the works to improve the quality of life of citizens and the attention to the challenges of each territory, begin in the cities. In my opinion, the city is the ideal dialogue space to start working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030,” said Sergio Escobar, Executive Director of ACI Medellín.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is the United Nations body responsible for promoting the economic and social development of the region.

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Medellín asume el reto de ser una ciudad más incluyente y equitativa

Medellín Joined UNESCO’s Global Learning Network

Medellín joined UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities, thanks to an articulated strategy which places education as an axis to achieve great social transformations. This membership, awarded for the first time to a Colombian city, will allow us to share our knowledge with other capitals of the world and to promote public strategies for development.

During the Third International Conference of the Cities of Learning, held in Cork, Ireland, Mayor Federico Gutierrez Zuluaga highlighted Medellín’s plan by 2030 which has been kept regardless the changes in government. “This plan was developed with universities and the private sector to reduce inequality.”

Being part of this network, reinforces the city’s commitment to fulfill the Sustainable Development Objectives adopted by the UN through actions that, in 70%, depend directly on the Development Plan. One of the most important is to guarantee children and adolescents’ access to education.

“By providing our children and young people with education, we are also giving them the ability to dream, to think that they can get as high as they want,” he said, explaining that education helps reduce hunger, poverty, gender gaps and generates economic progress.


UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities highlighted the importance of programs such as Buen Comienzo, which currently serves 74,042 children between 0 and 5 years old. Likewise, they praised the initiative “We Count on You at School,” which has identified 1,600 children who have deserted the education system and helped them to return.

“I have toured around neighborhoods and streets so that our children and young people do not stop studying. We did a door-to-door job and we will continue to do it,” said the Mayor.

In terms of higher education, the mayor of Medellín highlighted the delivery, through Sapiencia, of 2,842 scholarships and credits for training of young people in relevant programs, to facilitate access to the labor world.

Source: Mayor of Medellín (September 18)

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Tres expresidentes de América Latina se dieron cita en la ACI Medellín

Three Latin American Former Presidents Met at ACI Medellín

Former presidents of Bolivia, Uruguay and Guatemala visited ACI Medellín to expand their knowledge on investment and cooperation in Medellín.

The three former leaders described ACI Medellín as an innovative institution and a model to be replicated in other countries around the continent.

ACI Medellín told the former presidents of Guatemala, Álvaro Colom Ceballos; Bolivia, Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert and Uruguay, Luis Alberto Lacalle its mission and functions. They had the opportunity to ask and learn about the strategic projects of the current municipal administration like the Strategic Plan of the City Center and the construction of the tram of the 80th avenue.

Subsequently, they continued their tour around the city: Starting on the Metro, Ayacucho’s Tramway and the Metrocable Line H to Villa Sierra station. This, brought them closer to the physical interventions of the city. They spoke with the people and understood the impact of these works in the life and development of Medellín.

“I know Medellín since 1994 and today, I found a city totally transformed, evolved and modern. I was impressed by the intervention in the upper parts of the city, the Metro and the cable cars. It is a living city that is going through a transformation process; Also, it is an example to other cities in political and community leadership,” said Álvaro Colom Ceballos, former President of Guatemala.

“Medellín is like the ‘city of the future’ ” because it works for being civilized, productive, modern and safe. I am very happy for having visited the city and I would love that my country and Montevideo were enthusiastic to learn from Medellín,” said Luis Alberto Lacalle, former President of Uruguay.

“Perhaps the most appropriate word for Medellín is ‘kind.’ It is a city will receive you with such spirit and such warmth. Medellín is a city that shows itself as an international example, a friendly city that grows by understanding the fundamental needs of its people,” said former President of Bolivia, Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert.

“It is an honor for ACI Medellín to receive the three former presidents, and to share with them its concept of the city under the light of the Latin American reality and what is happening in their respective countries. A very enriching experience that gives us a different vision from each of their points of view and leadership.” said Sergio Escobar, CEO of ACI Medellín.

The former presidents arrived in the city at the invitation of the Council of Medellín to participate in the “National Meeting of Councilors” held on Monday, August 14 and where each one presented a paper from his experience as Presidents.

Expresidentes de Uruguay, Guatemala y Bolivia
Former Presidents with the ACI Medellín’s management team.
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Firma protocolaria acuerdo FAO - Alcaldía para Modelo de Comercio Local

The Mayor of Medellín and FAO Signed an Agreement to Improve Local Market

The mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez, and the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to Colombia, Rafael Zavala Gómez del Campo, will sign an international partnership agreement to work jointly for the consolidation of a Local Market Model that promotes the economic development of agricultural production in the capital of Antioquia.  The municipal administration will invest 370 million pesos in the first stage of this project.

During the next ten months, FAO will tour the five townships of Medellín in order to understand the logistic distribution and commercialization of the products cultivated by our farmers, with the objective of proposing a model that permits direct and fair commerce for producers, and access to local products for consumers. This will promote a rapprochement between the urban city and the rural city, bridging the social gaps that currently persist.

In addition, this model will analyze the institutional offer implemented by the municipal administration in the rural areas of Medellín, to establish methodologies that improve the processes and articulates the strategies to strengthen the growth and development of inhabitants of the rural areas Medellín.

The Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellín and the Metropolitan Area, has accompanied the consolidation of this agreement that opens the doors of the capital of Antioquia to implement food security experiences that are articulated with the international models implemented by the Organization of the United Nations.

Informative context

The construction of the Local Market Model is part of the Development Plan “Medellín counts on you” on its challenge 6.6: Medellín recognizes the importance of its rural territory, led by the Townships Management, which contributes to the fulfillment of FAO’s Food for the Cities strategy.

The city has a rural territory that occupies more than 70% of its extension. It is inhabited by peasants who make a living from growing fruits and vegetables. The creation of a model that allows a consolidation of the local commerce in the city will also promote an increase in the income of these farmers and the permanence in time of this economic sector.


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Fundación Probono y ACI Medellín

ProBono Foundation and ACI Medellín Will Share Knowledge with Local NGOs

On August 22, 2017, Probono Foundation will talk to representatives of NGOs in Antioquia during ACI Medellín Lectures.

This is the third ACI Medellín Lecture in 2017. The first one was on peace and post-conflict issues and the second addressed to alternative communication channels.

As part of its strategy to strengthen and establish cooperation relationships with local allies, ACI Medellín will hold the third ACI Medellín Lecture “Exchange system for donations and resources from abroad,” next Tuesday, August 22 at 8:00 am in the auditorium Plaza de la Libertad (Carrera 54 # 42 -188).

This time, ProBono Foundation will join ACI Medellín’s and will talk about exchange rate regime network. “The representatives of NGOs attending the talk will know the process of legalizing resources arriving from international cooperation to Colombia,” said Juan Esteban Sosa, Regional Coordinator of the Foundation.


The event is open to the public and requires prior registration online [ Click here ]


About ProBono Foundation

ProBono Colombia Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that links those who do not have the resources to access quality legal advice and a team of lawyers from different entities willing to offer their services free of charge. The Foundation has 50 members in Colombia and 7 of them are in Antioquia (Grupo Argos, Bancolombia, Correa Merino & Co. Abogados, Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal, Agudelo Peláez Abogados, Ariza & Marín Abogados y Uribe Henao Abogados). Since 2009 and to date, ProBono has received more than 3000 requests for legal assistance.

About ACI Medellín Lectures

The ACI Medellín Lectures are a strategy to strengthen relationships with local allies. These academic events are focused on critical issues for the internationalization process of Medellín and the region. They are based on matters that contribute to the implementation of investment and cooperation projects .Also, they are aimed at public officials, undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers, NGO representatives and entrepreneurs.

Fundación Probono y ACI Medellín

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ACI Medellín, a case study for the World Bank

The World Bank advised ACI Medellín in the development of new methodologies for knowledge management, reception of international delegations and the design of new investment and cooperation projects.

ACI Medellín implemented the methodologies and lessons learned from the World Bank in the Medellin Lab, held from May 29 to June 2.

In 2015, ACI Medellín participated in the II Conference of Knowledge Hubs in Seoul, Korea, it was there where the opportunity to work with the World Bank was born. The Agency would receive support and advice through a program called Organizational Knowledge Exchange Sharing, OKS.

ACI Medellín has improved its capacity to share and exchange knowledge with other governments by implementing the methodologies provided by the Bank. Its goal is to develop programs and projects that strengthen its management and allow a significant impact on the quality of life of Medellín’s inhabitants. The comprehensive model of local management of security and coexistence is one of the outcomes from this works and is made up by 6 key elements:

– Shared leadership between the public and the private (alliances).

– Social innovation.

– Resilience.

– Sense of belonging.

– Involvement of communities.

– Continuity of city programs and projects.


The acquired knowledge helped ACI Medellín to set up the Medellín Lab. It is a laboratory of city experiences in which participants can witness the reality of Medellín, its social and physical transformation through activities and visits to various places.

One of the results of this first laboratory is the knowledge provided to leaders and representatives of international governments, which will be applied it in their territories.

“During the Medellín Lab, the city became a laboratory of experiences linked to the recovery and evolution of the community, to its resilient capacity. That is the essence of this laboratory, the creation of opportunities to share and experience the reality of Medellín” said Sergio Escobar, CEO of ACI Medellín.

Learn more [ Click here ]

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ACI Medellín Has Managed USD $ 1,629 Million in Foreign Investment During its 15 Years of Existence

USD 83 million on international cooperation

The Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellín and the Metropolitan Area, ACI Medellín, held the Forum for Cooperation and Investment during the commemoration of its 15 years of work this last June 7. A large group of businessmen and diplomatic representatives from 10 countries attended the forum. The mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, and the Governor of Antioquia, Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, lead the opening act.

The event dealt with issues related to innovation, the value of cooperation, investment promotion agencies, Multilatinas as a driving force for national and international economy, the case of success of France as investor in Medellín, among others.

The French ambassador to Colombia, Jean-Marc Laforet, emphasized his experience with the different visits he has had with French business delegations and the excellent outcomes they had been.

On the other hand, Christian Daes, Tecnoglass’ COO, sent a message to the entrepreneurs and businessmen of the country, in which he invited to have determination and persistence; a call to overcome difficulties and continue to advance.

Eugenio Prieto, Director of the Metropolitan Area, congratulated ACI Medellín for the spirit it has built on international cooperation, showing the capacity and resilience of the inhabitants of the Aburrá Valley and Antioquia.

Another representative group of assistants and personalities from national and international organizations, attended the event and joined the agency in commemorating its first 15 years of existence. This event succeeded in the debating and the exhibiting the most important ideas to continue strengthening ties with the world to improve development and the quality of life of the inhabitants of the city and the department.

You will find a wide record of testimonies and photos in our social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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XII Congreso Mundial Metrópolis

Due to its innovation and resilience, Medellín was invited to the XII Metropolis World Congress

The XII Metropolis World Congress (World Association of the Major Metropolises) was held in Montreal, Canada between June 19 and 22. Its central topic was “Global Challenges: Metropolis in Action.”

Medellín, an active member of the international network, was represented by the ACI Medellín’s Deputy Director of Knowledge Management, Maria Luisa Zapata Trujillo in the panel “Cities in Action: Urban Innovation and Local Implementation of Global Agendas with co-moderators from Berlin (Germany), Surabaya (Indonesia), Brussels (Belgium), Bristol (UK) and Guangzhou (China).

The panel discussed issues related to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the active commitment of the authorities to reach them by the year 2030.The dialogue was developed around lessons learned in urbanism and innovation, and how cities can learn from these processes of change and evolution. In this sense, Medellín highlighted issues related to city transformation, innovation and resilience.

Through ACI Medellín, the capital of Antioquia has been part of Metropolis since 2013. This fact has given the city the possibility to share Medellín’s work on innovation, urban and metropolitan development in different scenarios of the network.

Being a member of Metropolis has allowed Medellín to promote its best government practices, to exchange experiences with other cities, to participate in international events, to access publications and to position its social and urban transformation in the international arena. Which has made it grow as a city and show its good management.

Good news for all municipalities in the metropolitan area is the ratification of the membership of the Metropolitan Area as an active member of the Network by the Metropolis Council.

About Metropolis

Metropolis, (World Association of the Major Metropolises), is a worldwide network of large cities and metropolitan areas, with about 140 members and 30 years of history. Metropolis serves as a node and platform for cities to unite, share and address various local and global issues.

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