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News: Colombia set to appoint Afrocolombian ambassadors to Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, as Colombia’s first black VP to lead diaspora delegation at AU Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO)

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As part of its foreign policy strategy, Colombia’s government has prioritized the expansion of diplomatic and cultural ties in Africa.

The “Africa Strategy” of President Gustavo Petro and Vice-President Francia Marquez seeks to expand the number of ambassadors and consuls in Africa.

According to Colombia Reports, Colombia currently has embassies in only six of the 54 countries that make up Africa. In order to improve ties between sub-Saharan Africa and Colombia’s Black minority in particular, the president reportedly is set to appoint Afrocolombian ambassadors to Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

READ: Tourism: Race, Colorism, Diaspora and Identity in Cali, Colombia — The Experience of a Traveling Black Caribbean Scholar in Colombia’s “Chocolate City”

The vice-president and a delegation of some 60 representatives are expected to announce an African tour, which seeks to expand the number of embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Marquez will additionally seeks to renew ties with the African Development Bank, the African Unit and its Africa-South America Summit, according to the National Development Plan that was approved earlier this year.

The “Africa Strategy…” aims to increase Colombia’s presence in that continent through greater diplomatic and consular representation, and the consolidation of political and economic relations between that region and Colombia. Bogota also seeks to open more embassies in the Caribbean as part of its “foreign policy that recognizes the role of ethnic minorities, defends the agenda for historical reparation and the reconnection of the [African] diasporas” with countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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