Kroc Institute’s Fifth report congratulates the Duque Administration for the progress in the implementation of the Agreement, in spite of the pandemic
- Recognition of the boost to Development Plans with a Territorial Approach and the reincorporation of former combatants
- “Let us reiterate our commitment to advancing Peace with Legality”: President Iván Duque
- “We recognize the government’s efforts to respond to the 578 commitments of implementation”: Gerard Martin, Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) representative in Colombia
- “Long-term planning will allow this process to be irreversible as of December of this year”: Advisor Emilio Archila
Bogotá, June 16, 2021.- The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute, an entity that monitors the implementation of the Agreement, highlighted today the advances made by the administration of President Iván Duque in the fulfillment of the commitments enshrined in the Peace with Legality policy, and emphasized that, in spite of the pandemic, significant progress has been made. These advances are noteworthy on all fronts and are exemplary in the execution of Development Plans with a Territorial Approach (PDET), the reincorporation of former combatants and the support to over 400,000 Colombians in the process of crop substitution.
President Duque reiterated his commitment, after receiving the Fifth Report, during a face-to-face session at the House of Nariño attended by Gerard Martin, Kroc Institute’s Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) representative in Colombia, Josefina Echavarría Álvarez, director of the Kroc Peace Accords Matrix and the Presidential Advisor for Stabilization and Consolidation, Emilio Archila.
“We highlight the recognition made of the work of government entities, which did not stop despite the pandemic, and we celebrate the progress in the 170 PDET municipalities, the home of more than 6.6 million Colombians who are transforming their lives. We continue working on the reincorporation of former combatants and on supporting their collective and individual production projects, on supporting families in crop substitution and on rural development programs. Let us remember that this is a process to be carried out during 3 administrations and therefore we seek to act in sync with the Implementation Framework Plan and the monitoring mechanisms,” added President Duque.
“We accept the invitation to further promote the gender-based approach, and ethnic issues” he added.
Mr. Martin highlighted that this fifth monitoring report highlights progress, delays, challenges and opportunities to continue implementing the agreement in its 578 commitments, and acknowledges the progress made.
For Advisor Archila, the victims are a priority and the congratulations by the Kroc institute to the government for the steps of the implementation are a recognition of the long-term planning, the execution of the projects and the generation of sources of funding, with results which will determine by December 2021 that this process is irreversible.
“It is important to mention that what has been achieved in the territories creates a countryside fit for more private investment, so that the economic reactivation of the regions has a positive impact on the Gross Domestic Product, GDP. We recently approved $ 1.8 trillion pesos in royalties through the Peace Collegial Bureau for Administration and Decision Making; this shows that we are going in the right direction”, Archila added.
He mentioned that currently the government invests about $5.3 trillion in the execution of the PDETs, and has allocated almost one billion pesos to support families linked to crop substitution.
In Colombia, implementation has continued to advance even in the face of challenging circumstances characterized by the continuing violence caused by illegal armed actors in various regions of the country, pressure from illegal economies, political polarization, and the COVID-19 pandemic.