Council of Ministers of Colombia

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The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Colombia is composed of the most senior appointed politicians of the executive branch of the Government of Colombia. Members of the Cabinet are generally the heads of a Ministry Department. The existence of the Cabinet dates back to the first President Simon Bolivar. These members were appointed in order to advise the President and are therefore required to assist him in his duties as stated by the Colombian Constitution.

Current Cabinet[edit]

The Cabinet of President Juan Manuel Santos.[1]

Office Incumbent Term began
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President of the Republic
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Juan Manuel Santos
August 7, 2010
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Vice President of the Republic
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Óscar Naranjo
March 29, 2017
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Minister of the Interior
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Guillermo Rivera Flórez
May 26, 2017
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
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María Ángela Holguín
August 7, 2010
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Minister of Finance and Public Credit
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Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría
September 3, 2012
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Minister of Justice and Law
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Enrique Gil Botero
March 9, 2017
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Minister of National Defense
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Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri
June 22, 2015
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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
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Juan Guillermo Zuluaga
October 3, 2017
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Minister of Health and Social Protection
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Alejandro Gaviria Uribe
September 3, 2012
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Minister of Labour
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Griselda Restrepo
May 6, 2017
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Minister of Mines and Energy
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Germán Arce Zapata
April 20, 2016
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Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
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María Lorena Gutiérrez
August 22, 2017
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Minister of National Education
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Yaneth Giha Tovar
November 15, 2016
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Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
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Luis Gilberto Murillo
April 25, 2016
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Minister of Housing, City and Territory
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Camilo Sánchez Ortega
November 3, 2017
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Minister of Information Technologies and Communications
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David Luna Sánchez
May 15, 2015
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Minister of Culture
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Mariana Garcés Córdoba
August 7, 2010
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Minister of Transport
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Germán Cardona Gutiérrez
August 10, 2017

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]

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

References[edit]