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Investment Sectors - Testimonials

Infrastructure

“You guys really do provide a service to Bogota in making sure word gets distributed accordingly regarding opportunities.”

Michael Nardone
AMEC Foster Wheeler
December 2015

 

Oil & Gas

"We are a medium sized company that operates in the High Voltage Electrical Transmission Lines and Substations. Some time ago we were invited by the ENEL Group from Italy to participate in tenders held in Colombia by Codensa and other Electrical Companies that are part of the Group. In our first visit to Bogotà we came in touch, following a recommendation by the Italian Embassy, with Invest in Bogotà. We must say that Invest in Bogotà, with its team of highly motivated professionals, was fundamental to quickly get in touch with all the economic players we needed to get in touch with in order to establish our venture in Bogotà. Furthermore, we found in Bogotà an incredibly friendly economic environment making us feel right at home doing business here. Bogotà is a very thriving city and a great market where you can find everything you need for your business."

Enrico Fanfani
General Manager, Consalt International
December 2015


Oil & Gas

“Colombia is definitely the rising star on the Latin American Oil and Gas Market. With this awareness we first came for a scouting visit to Colombia in the spring of 2014 and it took less than 6 months for us to finally decide that we will stay.

I was personally struck by the incredible professionalism we could witness during all our meetings with clients and potential partner companies, especially in Bogotá, which soon turned out to be the core of Colombian oil and gas activities.

Being a pulsating metropolis with excellent restaurants, bars and night life, every trip to Bogotá becomes an astonishing balance between highly successful business activities and memorable experiences.

Another success factor of Colombia, and Bogotá in particular, is the open and encouraging business atmosphere that enabled us to quickly prepare the establishment of our local Engineering Branch Office here. The support of the Investment Officers of Invest in Bogota along this route has been invaluable for us and significantly accelerated our local development in Colombia.”

Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan
Business Development Director
December 2014

 



Automotive and Transportation

"The Latin American market is becoming more important as every day goes by for Asian businessmen. Our Colombian branch is the gateway to this market and we chose Bogota for this first step. It has an advantageous location; it’s an international leader is mass public transport systems; the government is committed to protecting the environment and the people are cheerful and friendly."

Alan Ma
General Manager, Higer Colombia S.A.S.
Dicember 2014

 



Construction Materials

"Prebuild’s decision to build its Industrial Park in Gachancipá is a strategic move given that Bogota and Cundinamarca are home to a fifth of Colombia’s population. Also, in its first planning stage, regions such as Gachancipá are growing at rates over 20%. In addition, the Bogotá-Zipaquirá-Bucaramanga corridor connects us to the country’s northern ports,  consequently facilitating  connections with countries such as Venezuela."

Liborio Bautista
CEO, Prebuild Industry
August 2014

 



Turism

"Atton has been searching for a way to break into Bogota for the past few years. Colombia is a highly important market for any international hotel operator.  Its capital is where international tourists and business travelers alike are concentrated. Consequently, it is quite an attractive location for our hotels. As with all great cities, it is important to fully understand technical aspects, such as interpreting macro-economic factors and their effect on certain industries."

Hugo Desenzani
Chief Business Development, Atton Hotels
July 2014

 



Oil & Gas

“Obviously Colombia is a very attractive market, it’s going through a very good economic boom and specifically in the hydrocarbons sector, which is a very principle sector and that’s what I cover. So we like to think that we are part of the solution for exportation of hydrocarbons in a very safe and environmental friendly manner and for helping build a strong middle class in Colombia. We have offices here, and we are dedicated to hire local engineers and managers and professionals. So we are very very attracted to the entire Colombian market and Bogota as where the center is for hydrocarbons.

As for Bogota, it is an attractive city because it’s a beautiful city first of all. A lot of business is done here. It’s, again, an improving economy, a wonderful place to live, extremely good food and fun things to do but a lot of serious business transpires here not only for work in Colombia but for the entire region. So this is becoming a business hub, a very very popular business hub, very business friendly for the entire Latin American region.”

Edward Hernandez
Vice President, WorleyParsons
June 2014

 


 
Oil & Gas

"We took Bogota because it’s the capital of Colombia. It’s also a hub for business in the region, specifically for Oil & Gas. We believe it’s a leader in the Andean Region. The general quality level is pretty high. (…) We’ve had good experience with professionals."

Boaz Nur
Vicepresident of Operations, Ingrain
Febrary 2012

 


 

Digital Content

"One of the most important aspects we took into consideration when deciding to open our office in Bogota was access to top class talent. Teravision Games is a videogames company that provides services to videogame's publishers like Disney, Namco, Atari and Nickelodeon in the US and it's not easy to find in Latin America the type of resources needed for such a demanding and competed industry, but Bogotá not only has them, but has a lot of them. The government is also providing great support to the audiovisuals' industry and on top of all that Bogota is a great city to live in, what else could we ask for?"

Enrique Fuentes
Studio Director, Teravision Games
March 2011

 



Oil & Gas

"Lupatech OFS consolidated its presence in Colombia with the acquisition of the local  company Hydrocarbon Services, in June 2010. Since then, LOFS has provided multiservices along the national territory, ranging from the drilling to the final completion of wells. This accelerated expansion has been possible thanks to the strategic opening of a commercial center in Bogota, and the support of an operational base in Cota. Thanks to the convenient access to the main roads of the country and its proximity to the El Dorado Airport, LOFS supports its operations and facilitates permanent access to its clients from its main office in Bogota.” 

Álvaro Otero
General Manager
Lupatech OFS
2011

 



Oil & Gas

“Energeticos is part of the Wood Group multinational company; it went from being a small engineering company of 110 people to employing over 654 people in the past 6 years. It is now one of the major companies providing engineering services, purchasing and projects for the oil sector in Colombia.  With the development of new technologies, procedures and a work culture different to those of other companies, it successfully services markets such as Africa, USA, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Colombia from its central office in Bogota.”

Peter King
General Manager
Energéticos
2011

 



Oil & Gas

“With its main management office based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Estrella International Sevices Ltd. is a group of companies which provides services to the natural resource industry in Latin America.  Thanks to the potential we have seen in Colombia, we are building the main rig maintenance base in the Tibitoc industrial park located in Tocancipá, Cundinamarca.  From there we will provide the best service with the latest technology and take advantage of the proximity to our clients and access to other regions of the country.” 

Javier Arango
Business Development
Estrella        
2011

 



Oil & Gas

“Topen is an oil and mining services company, which in the last five years has grown more than 400% thanks to its innovative mentality in engineering techniques and  technologies. Also due to its skilled human resource, Topen’s Bogota based office services clients from Peru, Panama, and five Colombian regions.” 

Luis E. Polanco
General Manager
Topen        
2011

 



Oil & Gas

“Indequipos is a multinational company with 18 years of experience in the oil sector.  Our business center is based in Bogota, and we lead operations in other cities of Colombia.  Indequipos provides products and services in the areas of machinery, artificial lift, systems, process, compression and automatization with the highest quality standards.”

Indequipos        
2011

 



Oil & Gas

"Colombia has one of the fastest growing petroleum sectors in the world today. Colombia and Bogota are rich in natural resources, have a stabilized a government providing a safe environment to do business, have attractive foreign investment regimes, and have a highly educated workforce. Like many other Canadian companies, Calmena has recognized the potential opportunities in the Colombian Oil & Gas sector and is investing substantial amounts of Capital in order to bring Canadian Drilling and Completions technologies to Colombia. We see the next 2-3 years as being very crucial in building a strong foundation to support the long term Oil & Gas production capabilities that Colombia can and will supply.”

Andrew Jones
Country Manager
Calmena Energy Services Inc. – Colombia       
December 2010

 



IT

“In Bogota we have found workers who are committed and full of expectations. Leading this team is a gratifying privilege. From Bogota we participate in corporate decisions and lead the Latin American expansion.” 

Alejandro Jordán
General Manager
Dacartec
2010

 



Contact Center

"Colombia is a country where it is possible to offer quality services. There are highly professional managers and it is possible to serve the U.S market.”

Luis del Olmo
General Director
Avanza       
2009

 



BPO  

"The main reason for investing in Bogota (...) was that we needed to serve a large number of companies with a lower volume of transactions. This led us to standardize and centralize processes in a single center covering a large number of companies. Bogota met our requirement of highly skilled human resources and well-suited infrastructure to handle remote sales operations.

(...) We found a variety of highly sophisticated human resources in particular for our sales center that requires high-level professionals with postgraduate or undergraduate studies as a minimum. We found that they have a service-oriented attitude and a very neutral accent which is very important to our business considering that we are serving clients throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America from here."

Diego Dzodan
Colombia General Manager
SAP
2009

 



Audiovisual Production

“I would absolutely tell anybody to come to Colombia, I think it’s a fantastic place to shoot, the speed at which people have accommodated our needs and desires has been remarkable. The people here have been enthusiastic and talented, and made us excited to be here. I’ve shot in lots of parts of the world, I’ve been in the business 30 years, I’ve shot in many countries and I can’t remember a better experience than I’ve had in Colombia.”


David Madden
Executive Vicepresident
Fox Television Studios
September 2008

 



Audiovisual Production

"In Colombia it is possible to reduce costs by 60 per cent without sacrificing quality."

David Madden
Executive Vicepresident
Fox Television Studios
November 2008

 



IT

"(...) The key is to offer added value to our customers, assuring that no other latitude could do a better job than Colombia. That was IBM’s goal in 2005 when it decided to centralize in Bogota the ibm.com Sales Center, which would serve Latin America's Spanish-speaking clients. Today, with more than 200 people, Bogota is one of 12 regional IBM sales centers in the world, offering added values ranging from sales to consulting.

Colombia has an extraordinary technological infrastructure in telecommunications, convenient time zone, and privileged geographical location which, in addition to the country's positive economic development and the existing labor regulations, make it an excellent alternative to consolidate an international operation in one place in an efficient way." 

Daniel Ramírez
Sales Center Director for Latin America - Spanish Speaking
IBM
2008

 



IT 

"(…) Bogota’s foremost strength is its people. Our employees, the majority of them engineers, are top-quality and dedicated. We also find a robust andreliable telecommunications infrastructure in Bogota. 

Thanks to this, some of the best practices implemented here in our Managed Services Center in Bogota have been adopted by some of our centers worldwide, such as in India and in the United States."

Yolanda Auza
General Manager
LACSA, Unisys
2008

 



BPO  

“(...) This is a project which we are very proud of. Consolidating a shared services center in Colombia to support other countries in the world where Citi operates, is not only in line with our business growth strategy, but also with our commitment to the country.”

Francisco Aristeguieta
President
Citibank Colombia S.A.
2008

 



Cosmetics

“We see great potential in Colombia, and especially in Bogota. We value the cultural diversity, professionalism of the people and the investments being made for the future. That is why Bogota is one of the best locations to operate in northern Latin America.”

Paolo Rosellini
General Director 
L´Oréal Colombia
2008

 



Health Sciences

“(...) In 2001 the company invested approximately US$15 million to build a production plant in Bogota that centralized production. Excellent product reception, high levels of quality and customer trust, technological development, and permanent scientific support are all factors leading to success: 55% of our production is exported to countries such as Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Salvador and Guatemala.”

Jaime Baena
President
Fresenius Medical Care Colombia S.A.
2008