National Press Club

Colombian President Speaks Friday

September 15, 2008

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will discuss his country's recent economic progress and security improvements at a luncheon Friday, Sept. 19.

The Economist reported in July that, "Only those blinded by ideology would deny that Álvaro Uribe has made Colombia a better place," and that while Colombia still faces challenges, there has been marked improvement as a result of his leadership. Uribe was elected in 2002. Prior to serving as Colombia's president, he was general secretary of the labor ministry under President Alfonso Lopez Michelsen and director of civil aeronautics under President Julio Cesar Turbay. He has also served as governor of Antioquia and mayor of Medellin. As pesident, most recently he has been credited with significantly improving Colombia's security situation, overseeing the release of one of the FARC's most high profile hostages: Ingrid Betancourt.

The luncheon begibst 12:30 p.m. To make reservations, call (202) 662-7501, or email pnelson@press.org. Cost of the luncheon is $16 for NPCmbers, $28 for guests of members, $35 general admission.