The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are still in the midst of peace negotiations to end a decades-long conflict. To examine this situation and how it affects the region’s oil and gas industry, Tecpetrol’s corporate director for personal and property security will lead an open-floor discussion on this topic at the Latin America and Caribbean Oil & Gas Security 2015 Forum, to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on March 17-18, 2015.
Regional security managers are studying the present situation and this peace process, and also looking at the area's future security environment. A key question is: How secure will Colombia really be in the post-conflict era?
The Tecpetrol official’s forum session, “The importance of security for the oil sector in Colombia´s post-conflict: Analysis of the situation and proposals for achieving an effective company security system,” will take place on the first morning of the two-day meeting, and will discuss possible answers to this question.
The two-year-long peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC came to a halt earlier this month after the militants seized five hostages. Both parties have now agreed to restart peace talks in Cuba, after FARC released General Ruben Alzate and the final two captives who were abducted on Nov. 16. Earlier in November, the guerrilla group freed two other soldiers who were captured near the Venezuelan border.
General Alzate, who retired after his release, was one of the highest-ranking captives that FARC had taken, and his release was essential for the suspended peace talks to resume. The Colombian government and the rebel group are now in the process to end a five-decade conflict that has left more than 200,000 dead.