Profile of Alicia Arango Olmos
The Cartagena woman Alicia Arango Olmos assumed the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior with three great challenges: to continue building a programmatic coalition, focused on ideas at the service of Colombians; the responsibility of setting out an agenda so that the prior consultation in the country can reconcile the right to development and the rigor in listening to the voices of minorities and advancing in the development of policy guidelines for the protection of social leaders defenders and human rights defenders.
Her service to Colombia and the important achievements made to strengthen labor and improve social services for the most vulnerable, led the Head of State to designate her as head of the political portfolio. Alicia Arango Olmos will take charge of the Government's legislative agenda in the Congress of the Republic. Her great social sensitivity and leadership will be tools for the relationship with the black, Afro-Colombian, Raizal, Palenqueros, Rrom and indigenous people’s communities through Social Dialogue. As head of the labor portfolio she obtained multiple achievements, among which stand out: the signing of the Decent Work Pact, the inclusion in the National Development Plan of the Social Protection Floor, the strengthening of the job training through the National Qualifications System and the promotion of the Periodic Economic Benefits program.
She energized relations between the Government, workers and employers, promoted the protection of workers' rights, the well-being of public servants and strengthened the country's union activity.
She achieved a decrease in health contributions for those who receive between 1 and up to 2 minimum wages, thus dignifying the conditions of pensioners. In addition, to unify in 80 thousand pesos the value of the subsidy for the elderly, obtain the monthly payment and increase the coverage of the Colombia Mayor program by 125 thousand new places.
With more than 25 years of experience in issues such as implementation, management and execution of public policies, and an extensive track record in multilateral relations, the head of the labor portfolio is a business administrator at the College of Higher Administration Studies (CESA) and has a specialization in Public Management and Administrative Institutions of the Universidad de los Andes.
Throughout her professional career, she has held various positions, including being chief of staff and assistant to the Coldeportes Department; deputy director of the Colombian Institute of Administration (Incolda); adviser to the Ministry of Education; delegate of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare in Cesar and Cundinamarca; director of the Bogotá Recreation and Sports Institute; private secretary of the Presidency of the Republic, during the government of Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010); ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva (Switzerland); director of the Democratic Center party.
She demonstrated her keenness in political activity when she took over as head of debate for Iván Duque's presidential campaign that culminated in her electoral victory in June 2018.
She also has experience in Labor Sector issues, as ambassador of the Colombian Mission to the United Nations based in Geneva, during the period between May 2010 and December 2013. She developed an intense activity with the International Labor Organization (ILO) managing to remove Colombia from the list of countries that do not comply with all labor standards.