Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | November 15, 2011

Wasting Free Trade with Bad Infrastructure

There is a laundry list of technical problems in Colombia: corruption, lack of rule of law and reliable justice system, and imbalanced distribution of land and natural resources. Now, add incessant rain to this.

Semana magazine reported: Nearly 4,000 kilometers of roads are in need of repair from last year’s Biblical rains. In Santander, the roads are now blocked due to land falls. Cartagena is currently in a state of “incomunicado.”

When the U.S. passed the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, it threw a lifeline at the Colombian economy.

But roads and infrastructure need to be a priority if Colombia is to take advantage of free trade. A container shipped from Hong Kong is much, much cheaper to transport – five times less, in fact – than it is from any Colombian port.

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