Colombia Construction

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Chapter | Construction & Real Estate from The Report: Colombia 2017

With plans set to modernise transport networks and government-led housing programmes expanding the availability of homes, Colombia’s construction sector remains an essential part of the economy. The government estimated that the construction sector will grow by 3.9% in 2017, largely driven by the execution of large-scale projects, which is set to accelerate growth of the infrastructure segment...

Following a landmark peace agreement and a late-2016 tax reform package, 2017 looks to be a year of significant promise for Colombia. The country has been in recovery since the 2014 collapse in oil prices, which predominantly affected exports, government revenues and the exchange rate. However, with the external sector acting as a shock absorber, the authorities helped ensure that domestic demand was able to pick up some of the slack.

 

Housing demand continues to fuel the real estate sector in Colombia. It is a process happening on two fronts. Firstly, government-sponsored programmes are encouraging the construction of new homes for lower-income Colombians. Meanwhile, the growth of the middle class is galvanising demand for medium-income housing across all regions of the...

 

A combination of public and private investment in infrastructure, as well as the implementation of public housing plans, continue to be the primary drivers for Colombia’s construction sector. Projects ranging from highway construction to expansion of existing port and airport infrastructure are attracting a rising number of international firms...

 

In an effort to counter the negative effects of a slowdown in the mining sector, as well as lower revenues from national oil exports, Colombia is implementing a stimulus package designed to encourage economic growth in the coming years. The Plan for Productivity and Employment (Plan para la Productividad y el Empleo, PIPE 2) comes on the back...

 

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