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]

No. Office Current officer
1 President of the Republic Juan Manuel Santos
2 Vice President Germán Vargas Lleras
3 Minister of the Interior Juan Fernando Cristo[a]
4 Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín[a]
5 Minister of Finance and Public Credit Mauricio Cárdenas Santa María[a]
6 Minister of Justice and Law Jorge Eduardo Londoño[a]
7 Minister of National Defense Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri[a]
8 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Aurelio Iragorri Valencia
9 Minister of Health and Social Protection Alejandro Gaviria Uribe[a]
10 Minister of Labour Clara López Obregón[a]
11 Minister of Mines and Energy Germán Arce Zapata[a]
12 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Maria Claudia Lacouture
13 Minister of National Education Yaneth Giha Tovar
14 Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Luis Gilberto Murillo
15 Minister of Housing, City and Territory Elsa Noguera[a]
16 Minister of Information Technologies and Communications David Luna Sánchez[a]
17 Minister of Transport Jorge Eduardo Rojas
18 Minister of Culture Mariana Garcés Córdoba[a]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Not a member of the President's political party, therefore ineligible for presidential succession.


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]

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]


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: