12 de April 2019

Invest in Bogota recognizes the international companies that are transforming the city

Events in Bogota
FDI, Foreign Direct Investment

In a ceremony attended by representatives of more than 50 international companies and for the very first time, Invest in Bogota, the city's foreign investment promotion agency, recognized the work of the companies that contributed the most to the development of the city’s economy and to the quality of life of its citizens during the 2017-2018 period.


The first edition of the Invest in Bogota Awards was held this Thursday in the presence of representatives of more than 50 international companies to highlight the positive impact of foreign investment in the city’s economy.

During the ceremony, which took place at the new Hilton Bogotá Corferias Convention Center, Juan Gabriel Pérez, Executive Director of Invest in Bogota, remarked on the importance of foreign investment in the city’s transformation. “This is a very special night where we want to thank each of the companies for their confidence in the city. I am convinced that, with your support, Bogota will continue gaining importance as one of the best business destinations in Latin America,” he added.

Bogota received nearly USD 27 billion in Direct Foreign Investment between 2008 and 2018, which also led to the creation of more than 110,000 new jobs. Pérez added that beyond the figures, foreign investment has had a positive impact on the city’s population, who benefit from the improvement in their quality of life thanks to the arrival of this kind of companies.

The companies recognized in the nine categories stood out for their contributions to the creation of new jobs, exports, their impact on mass media, the quality of their service, the city’s transformation and their impact on the retail and manufacturing sectors.

The French company L’ORÉAL, which recently opened a cosmetics production plant in the city, received two of the night’s awards. Scotiabank, which also received two awards, aims to create close to 3,000 jobs by the end of 2019 through its global experience center located in the capital.

HLR Group (Chile) and TuBoleta (Colombia) received a special award thanks to the development of the first PPP unsolicited proposal initiative, which resulted in the construction of the Movistar Arena Bogotá.

Invest in Bogota supported all of the nominees and winners in their investments in the city.

The agency has facilitated more than 336 projects with an estimated investment of over USD 2.3 billion since 2007, when it began operations as a joint initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota and the Mayor's Office.

List of winners by category

Invest in Bogota Award - Manufacturing Category


For the construction of its cosmetics production plant in Bogota, which opened on April 9, 2019, through which the company expects to continue exporting products to 13 international markets.

Invest in Bogota Award - Job Creation Category


For the creation of high-quality jobs in its global shared services center. This project expects to have 3,000 employees by the end of 2019.

Invest in Bogota Award - Retail Category


For its innovative membership-based offer, which involved the transformation of the product distribution model, as well as its integration with national producers and its Social Responsibility program.

Invest in Bogota Award - Services Category


For the opening and expansion of its global excellence center, which has transformed the shared services model.

Invest in Bogota Award - City Projects Category


For its contribution to the city’s transformation through the award of the PMO contract for the first line of the Bogota Metro.

Invest in Bogota Award - Media Impact Category


For its shared strategy with Invest in Bogota to publicize the opening of its software development center in the media.

Invest in Bogota Award - Exports Category


For achieving the highest average number of exports per year among all the companies supported by Invest in Bogota.

Invest in Bogota Award - Creative Industries Category


For establishing its headquarters for Latin America and its outsourcing project of the channel’s operations for Claro TV in Colombia.

Special Invest in Bogota Award - City Transformation Projects: HLR GROUP AND TUBOLETA for the development of the first PPP unsolicited proposal initiative in Colombia that resulted in the construction of the Movistar Arena Bogotá.

Click here to see the event’s official video.