Last week, Colombia’s Minister of Commerce, Industry & Tourism (MinCIT) Maria Ximena Lombana Villalba (above, left) appointed attorney Jorge Enrique González Garnica (above, right) as the deputy minister for business development at MinCIT.
Deputy Minister González Garnica will lead the Productivity, & Competitiveness, Regulation and Small Business departments, as well as the coordination of free zones, technical regulation and the National Quality Subsystem. González will also manage a general policy portfolio with the aim of invigorating industrial development in the country.
González has previously served in various governmental positions including the Ministry of Interior, the National Planning Department, and in the departmental government of Cundinamarca, where he served as Secretary of Economic Development. He was also mayor of Zipaquirá between 2008 and 2011.
As Secretary of Economic Development of Cundinamarca, he led and consolidated the Entrepreneurship Fund, and promoted the growth of Regional Entrepreneurship Centers (CREA) throughout Cundinamarca, which were in charge of promoting new companies and producing new sources of employment.
González Garnica has a law degree with a focus on procedural law from Universidad Libre. He also obtained another specialization in public economic law from Universidad Sergio Arboleda. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Communication and Governance at The George Washington University.