As Colombia entered week four of mandatory quarantine, the government continued to implement measures to protect public health and alleviate the economic and social impacts of social distancing. President Duque had begun to talk about a “strategic quarantine” (cuarentena inteligente) and an “accordion strategy.” These two strategies allowed Colombia to gradually reactivate its economy while also prioritizing public health. Finding a balance between these two crucial objectives became the government’s main goal.

The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted on April 14, 2020, a conversation with President Duque on Colombia’s COVID-19 response and strategies going forward.

This conversation was the first event under the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s “Leaders of the Americas” initiative. As part of the initiative, the Center convenes Latin American leaders at the highest level to discuss the most pressing issues for the region today.

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President Iván Duque
President of the Republic of Colombia

Frederick Kempe
President & CEO
Atlantic Council

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

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