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Juan Camilo Restrepo G. Leaves Augura

12.4.2019

After 4 years and 7 months of work, Juan Camilo Restrepo is leaving the presidency of the Banana Association of Colombia (Augura). His tenure ends with a balance sheet that, at the end of 2018, shows the best figures of the sector in 10 years. It should be noted that Augura’s producers and affiliated trading entities represented 78% of the total volume and value exported from the country last year, closing with a production of US$101.4 million boxes of bananas, which means an increase of 3.52 % in volume, equivalent to US$868.7 million; this means a 2.63% increase in value compared to what was exported in 2017.

Thanks to the above, Colombia rose one position in the ranks of banana exporting countries, ranking fourth, after Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. "Being that our main purpose, Augura today is consolidated as the great articulator of the processes that bring development to the banana areas, always maintaining a respectful, harmonious and coordinated relationship with the various public and private institutions," said Restrepo.

Led by Restrepo, international relationships were strengthened through dialogue with international entities such as the United Nations Food Organization (FAO) and various Colombian embassies in the European Union, leading the voice of the Latin American banana sector and leaving this Colombian fruit in high regard.

On the relationship with the new government, he affirms that "a constant dialogue was maintained with President Iván Duque and his cabinet, and today we leave the doors open. We mark and deliver a road map of Urabá to the National Government, which will be developed in a coordinated articulated work, together with the various public, private entities, community and other actors," says the outgoing president of Augura.

From the social point of view, important contributions were made, especially in sports. "Augura supports the Liga Antioqueña de Fútbol, where more than 2,800 children from Urabá are benefited. We also helped infrastructure works such as the Juan Guillermo Cuadrado court in Turbo to become a space of contribution to the region in general, "says Restrepo.

About his work with the trade union representatives, to which he extended his appreciation and affection, he emphasizes that there has always been a respectful relationship from which two negotiation processes of collective agreements were led, both in the stage of direct settlement. And, likewise, he highlighted the presence of Gabriel Harry Hinestroza as vice president of the board of directors of the Colombian Farmers' Association (SAC) on behalf of Augura.

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