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    FARC Peace Accord to Benefit Colombia’s Economy - Fitch

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    Successful implementation of the peace deal reached with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group will benefit Colombia’s economy in the medium to long term, Fitch Ratings agency said in a press release on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the Colombian government and FARC announced a comprehensive peace agreement to end decades of conflict. The deal includes agreements on landmine removal, land reform, transitional justice and the end of illegal drug trafficking.

    "Investment and growth could increase over the medium term, as areas that were formerly in conflict zones attract investment in mining and agriculture," the release stated.

    Long term, Fitch explained that Colombia must focus on a tax reform proposal to compensate for oil revenue losses and to replace current taxes that will expire in 2018.

    The agency noted that Colombia will need to rebuild its revenue base in the near term to accommodate investment without jeopardizing fiscal consolidation.

    FARC was formed in 1964 as the military wing of Colombia's Communist Party.


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