Jorge Alberto Uribe

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Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría
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Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarria meeting with his American counterpart Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld in the Pentagon on September 30, 2004
Minister of National Defense
In office
9 November 2003 – 7 July 2005
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Marta Lucía Ramírez
Succeeded by Camilo Alfonso Ospina Bernal
Personal details
Born (1940-10-30) October 30, 1940 (age 77)
Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Alma mater George Washington University
Occupation Businessman

Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría (born October 30, 1940 in Medellín) is a Colombian politician and businessman. In 2003 the government of President Alvaro Uribe appointed him as Minister of Defense of Colombia.


He was educated at primary and secondary schools in Colombia, with two years spent at Culver Military Academy in the United States. He completed a first degree in economics at George Washington University in the USA and did post-graduate work in international marketing at Besançon University in France.

He served as his country's minister of defense,[1] succeeding Marta Lucía Ramírez, who was Colombia's first female defence minister. Prior to that appointment, he served as Finland's honorary consul in Bogotá for a period of ten years.

Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría is not related to fellow medellinense President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, but the two are old friends.


Jorge Alberto Uribe, rejected the accusations that the newspaper El Nuevo Herald of Miami made about the alleged affair he had with a woman arrested for drug trafficking in El Buen Pastor prison in Medellin. In a press release, the Minister confirmed that known this person for ten years and who knew of the criminal activities that took place. "In a single opportunity, in early 2003, seven months before my office as Minister of Defense, visited the Good Shepherd Jail Medellin.[2]