Why is Colombia so backward

prior noticeMarket info and business opportunities: Urban Technologies and Environmental Technologies in Colombia


Get an overview of current business opportunities in urban and environmental technologies in Colombia. We also give you practical tips for entering and cultivating the market.


Where? Online - conveniently in front of your PC / tablet / smartphone


Further information follows!


Market info Colombia:


About 80% of the population of Colombia lives in urban areas. Around a quarter of the 48 million inhabitants are distributed among the 4 largest cities, namely Bogotá (7.4 million), Medellín (2.4 million), Cali (2.2 million) and Barranquilla (1st district) , 2 million). Another 15 cities have population numbers between 300,000 and 950,000. Important aspects for the future development of Colombian cities are mobility, security, education, health care, public administration, urban planning, sustainability and the environment. Social inclusion, poverty reduction, competitiveness and economic development also play an essential role. These factors are to be improved with the help of digitization, innovation, expansion of the transport infrastructure, urban development projects and smart city initiatives.


Colombia has a lot of catching up to do in environmental technology. Currently, only about a third of the wastewater is treated, the rest flows untreated into rivers or the open sea. The water supply is also lagging behind, particularly in rural regions: only 73% of the rural population have access to running water and only 70% to the sewer system, 58% of the rural population do not receive water that is suitable for human consumption. The government is therefore investing in the expansion of the water supply, sewer system and sewage treatment plants. Another focal point in Colombia's development is waste management. Around 28,800 tons of waste are produced every day. Over 10,000 tons of it come from the major cities of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla. Around 60% of household waste is organic, 20% cannot be reused and 20% is recyclable (plastic, glass, metal, etc.). However, it is estimated that only around 7% of household waste is recycled, the remaining 93% ends up unsorted in landfills.


Use this webinar as preparation for your participation in the Austria Showcase on urban and environmental technologies in Colombia in May!


The event takes place as part of the go-international internationalization initiative, a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.


Do you have anymore questions?

Foreign Trade Center Bogota

Contact person: Mag. Hans-Jörg Hörtnagl

T +57 1 317 5414

E [email protected]

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