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Colombia urbanization review : amplifying the gains from the urban transition, Volume 1
Author:Samad, Taimur; Lozano-Gracia, Nancy; Panman, Alexandra; Country:Colombia;
Date Stored:2012/09/14Document Date:2012/09/11
Document Type:Other Urban StudySubTopics:Urban Governance and Management; Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Finance Management; Transport and Trade Logistics; Ports & Waterways; Financial Economics
Major Sector:Energy and mining; Public Administration, Law, and Justice; Industry and trade; Transportation; Water, sanitation and flood protectionRel. Proj ID:CO-Colombia Urbanization Review -- -- P121640;
Region:Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:72462
Sub Sectors:General water, sanitation and flood protection sector; Sub-national government administration; General industry and trade sector; General energy sector; General transportation sectorCollection Title:Directions in development ; countries and regions
TF No/Name:TF099182-ColombiaVolume No:1

Summary: The efficiency and productivity of Colombia's urban system will be a key determinant in the ability of the country to transition from a middle income to a higher-income economy. Colombia, as with most Latin American countries, has experienced positive growth rates in the past few years, mitigating the potential adverse impacts of the global financial crisis. High commodity prices as well as improvements in macroeconomic and financial management, diversification of trading partners (particularly through stronger links with China), and the safe integration into international financial markets are the main drivers for recent success in Colombia and the Latin American region (World Bank 2011). This book is organized as follows: chapter two concentrates on establishing patterns and trends of the spatial and urban transformation in Colombia. Key policy issues for Colombia's urbanization process are highlighted and policy alternatives considered. It also attempts to identify areas where further in-depth analysis would be valuable. Three of these areas are further developed in chapters three through five. The remainder of this chapter will highlight key messages from each of the three crosscutting themes of connectivity, coordination, and finance. The chapter will conclude with a discussion on the World Bank's strategic engagement strategy for sustainable cities.

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