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With the UK seeking new trade deals across the world, some of South America’s fastest-growing economies could prove lucrative markets. Read on for your guide to travelling to and doing business across the continent

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It was a visit of several ‘firsts’ when Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos touched down in London last November. It was both the first official state visit to the UK of a Colombian president and also the first state visit since Theresa May became Prime Minister. The Colombian leader was warmly welcomed by the PM and the Queen and was wined and dined amid the usual pomp and pageantry. He was congratulated for his efforts in bringing peace to his homeland –

a feat that earned him the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize – and his country was cited as an important trading partner of the UK. “As the UK prepares to leave the EU, I am determined that Britain should become the global champion of free trade, and that means boosting trade with fast-growing economies like Colombia,” said the Prime Minister. Indeed, the UK has been the thirdlargest foreign investor in Colombia over the past decade and the two

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