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 Iván Duque Márquez.[1]

Office Incumbent Image Term began
Presidential Seal of Colombia.svg
President of the Republic
Iván Duque Márquez Iván Duque Márquez (Recortado).png August 7, 2018
Vicepresidencia de Colombia.svg
Vice President of the Republic
Marta Lucía Ramírez Marta Lucia Ramirez.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio del Interior de Colombia.svg
Minister of the Interior
Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez Sin foto.svg August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Colombia.svg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Carlos Holmes Trujillo Holmes Trujillo.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Hacienda de Colombia.svg
Minister of Finance and Public Credit
Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera Alberto Carrasquilla.jpg August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Justicia de Colombia.svg
Minister of Justice and Law
Margarita Cabello Blanco Sin foto.svg May 16, 2019
Ministerio de Defensa de Colombia.svg
Minister of National Defense
Guillermo Botero Nieto Ministro Guillermo Botero (Recortado).png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Agricultura de Colombia.svg
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Andrés Valencia Pinzón Ministro Valencia.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Salud de Colombia.svg
Minister of Health and Social Protection
Juan Pablo Uribe Juan Pablo Uribe.jpg August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Trabajo de Colombia.svg
Minister of Labour
Alicia Arango Alicia Arango, 14 de octubre de 2005 (recortada).jpg August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Minas de Colombia.svg
Minister of Mines and Energy
María Fernanda Suárez Sin foto.svg August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Comercio de Colombia.svg
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
José Manuel Restrepo Abondano José Restrepo.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Educación de Colombia.svg
Minister of National Education
María Victoria Angulo María Victoria Angulo.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Ambiente de Colombia.svg
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Ricardo Lozano Picón Ricardo Lozano.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Vivienda de Colombia.svg
Minister of Housing, City and Territory
Jonathan Malagón Ministro Malagón.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones de Colombia.svg
Minister of Information Technologies and Communications
Silvia Constaín Rengifo Sin foto.svg August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Transporte de Colombia.svg
Minister of Transport
Ángela María Orozco Ministra Ángela Orozco.png August 7, 2018
Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia.svg
Minister of Culture
Carmen Vásquez Camacho Carmen Vásquez.jpg August 7, 2018
Coldeportes.svg
Minister of the Sport
Ernesto Lucena Barrero Ernesto Lucena.jpg September 16, 2019

History[edit]

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, this deprived the Secretariat of the Exterior (then renamed Foreign Affairs) of that function.

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]

1990's
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]

2000's

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:

2010's

Timeline of the Council of Ministers[edit]

Abbreviations used: Agr./Liv. - Agriculture and Livestock; Env./Hous./Terr. - Environment, housing and territorial development; Ind./Lab. - Industry and Labour; ICT - Information and communication technologies; Lab./Hyg./Soc. - Labour, hygiene and social protection.

References[edit]