Simon Bolivar Award 2010: Álvaro Uribe Vélez

On November 12, 2010, the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER) presented His Excellency Mr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez with the Simón Bolívar Award for his “outstanding leadership promoting security, freedom and democracy in Colombia and the Americas.”

One hundred and fifty legislators and representatives of think tanks from the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, gathered to celebrate Colombia’s achievements at the unique Great Room of the W Hotel in Washington DC.

Uribe, who left office after completing his second term with a 75 percent approval rating, led the country during its most effective struggle against the FARC. During his tenure, murders dropped by 45 percent from 2002-2009, and kidnappings decreased by 90 percent. At the start of his administration nearly two-thirds of the country’s land was under the control of the FARC guerrillas, which now has retreated to the more isolated regions of the country. The country’s economy and the investment climate also improved, as its poverty rate dropped an 8 percent.

During the event, Rep. David Rivera (R-FL), Amb. Otto Reich, Amb. Roger Noriega, Oscar Morales of One Million Voices Against FARC, and Mariana Casabianca, a Georgetown University student from Colombia, offered a toast supporting President Uribe’s accomplishments.

The Hispanic American Center for Economic Research is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promote the study of issues pertinent to the countries of Hispanic America as well as Hispanic Americans living in the United States, especially as they relate to the values of personal and economic liberty, limited government under the rule of law, and individual responsibility.

The “Freedom, Virtue & Democracy Dinner” was a joined effort of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER), the Centro de Pensamiento Primero Colombia (CPPC) and the Center for the Advancement of Freedom and Democracy (CAFD).

Event Photo Album