Council of Ministers of Colombia

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The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Colombia is part of the executive power, and according to the presidential orientation of the Colombian Constitution of 1991, it is a cabinet of advisors to the President of Colombia.

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

In the Constitution of 1821, Simón Bolívar created a Cabinet composed of five secretariats:

  • Secretariat of the Interior
  • Secretariat of the Exterior
  • Secretariat of War and Navy
  • Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit

With time, areas of some secretariats were given to new institutions; in the mid-19th century when the Secretariat of Trade was created, depriving of that function to the Secretariat of the Exterior (then renamed to Foreign Affairs).

In 1886, President Rafael Núñez changed their nomenclature from secretariats to ministries, and created new ones, so, in the beginning of the 20th century, after the Thousand Days War, the Council of ministers was composed of:

  • Ministry of the Government
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of War
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of the Treasury
  • 1894 - The Ministry of Justice is disbanded.

The Secretary of Trade disappeared, its assignments were transferred to the Vice Ministry of Development, under the control of the Minister of Finance.

20th century[edit]

1900s

  • 1905 - The Ministry of Foment is renamed Ministry of Public Works.
  • 1905 - The Ministry of the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance are consolidated into one as the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury.
  • 1909 - The Ministry of Finance and the Treasury and once again reverted and separated into the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Treasury.

1910s

  • 1914 - The Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce is created.

1920s

  • 1923 - The Ministry of the Treasury is abolished and absorbed by the Ministry of Finance.
  • 1923 - The Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce is disbanded.
  • 1924 - The Ministry of Industries is created.
  • 1924 - The Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs is created.
  • 1924 - The Ministry of Public Instruction is restructured and renamed Ministry of Public Instruction and Sanitation.
  • 1926 - The Ministry of Finance is renamed Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.
  • 1928 - The Ministry of Public Instruction and Sanitation is restructured and renamed Ministry of National Education.

1930s

  • 1934 - The Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce is once again reinstated.
  • 1934 - The Ministry of Industries is renamed Ministry of Industries and Labour.
  • 1938 - The Ministry of Industries and Labour is renamed again as Ministry of Labour, Hygiene and Social Welfare.
  • 1938 - The Ministry of National Economy is created.
  • 1938 - The Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce is once again disbanded.

1940s

  • 1940 - The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum is created.
  • 1946 - The Ministry of National Economy is renamed Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • 1946 - The Ministry of Justice is created.
  • 1947 - The Ministry of Labour, Hygiene and Social Welfare is divided into the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Hygiene.
  • 1948 - The Ministry of Agriculture and Husbandry is created.

1950s

  • 1951 - The Ministry of Foment is created.
  • 1952 - The name of the Ministry of Agriculture and Husbandry is simplified to Ministry of Agriculture.
  • 1953 - The Ministry of Hygiene is transformed into the Ministry of Public Health.
  • 1953 - The Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs is transformed into the Ministry of Communications.

1960s

  • 1965 - The Ministry of War is renamed Ministry of National Defence.
  • 1968 - The Ministry of Economic Development is created.
  • 1968 - The Ministry of Labour is restructured and renamed Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

1970s

  • 1973 - The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum is renamed Ministry of Mines and Energy.
  • 1978 - The Ministry of Public Works is restructured and renamed Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

1990's

Ministries by the end of the 20th Century

  • Ministry of the Interior
  • Ministry of Finance and Public Credit
  • Ministry of Justice and Law
  • Ministry of National Defence
  • Ministry of Health and Social Security
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ministry of Foreign Trade
  • Ministry of National Education
  • Ministry of Mines and Energy
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Communications
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Economic Development
  • Ministry of Culture

21st Century[edit]

2000's

During the first administration of President Álvaro Uribe, Congress and the President passed Law 790 of 2002, which modified the existing ministries by merging and reducing their number to 13. In accordance with Article 7, the Ministries in order and precedence were then thus:

2010's