The Parliamentary Centre is pleased to announce the visit to Ottawa of its local Colombian partner Juan Fernando Londoño, from October 24th to 28th, 2016. Mr Londoño is a member of the government team that negotiated the second point of the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and has been acting as an external consultant for the overall peace process. He served as Deputy Interior Minister between 2011 and 2012, and as Governor of several Colombian Departments (provinces). He is currently the Director of the Centre for Analysis and Public Affairs, a consulting firm dedicated to good governance, institutional strengthening, and promotion of better relationships between the public and the private sectors in Colombia.
The Colombian government has worked since 2012 on a peace process with the FARC to bring an end to the 50 years of armed conflict. A final agreement to end the conflict and build a lasting peace was signed on September 26th, 2016, but was not ratified by the plebiscite vote on October 2nd, 2016.
During his stay, Mr Londoño will be meeting Canadian MPs and Senators, representatives from Global Affairs Canada, civil society organizations, and scholars. He will be discussing his experience in developing the peace agreement, the alternatives for Colombia as well as the next steps for the country, and the possible impacts of this situation on the region.