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Council of Ministers of Colombia

Council of Ministers of Colombia

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

The Cabinet of President Iván Duque Márquez.[1]

Office Incumbent Image Term began

President of the Republic
Iván Duque MárquezAugust 7, 2018

Vice President of the Republic
Marta Lucía RamírezAugust 7, 2018

Minister of the Interior
Daniel PalaciosDecember 22, 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Marta Lucía Ramírez May 19, 2021

Minister of Finance and Public Credit
Jose Manuel Restrepo Abondano May 3, 2021

Minister of Justice and Law
Wilson Ruiz OrejuelaOctober 5, 2020

Minister of National Defense
Diego MolanoFebruary 1, 2021

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Rodolfo Enrique ZeaFebruary 24, 2020

Minister of Health and Social Protection
Fernando Ruiz GómezMarch 3, 2020

Minister of Labour
Ángel Custodio CabreraFebruary 27, 2020

Minister of Mines and Energy
Diego Mesa PuyoJuly 1, 2020

Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Maria Ximena LombanaMay 19, 2021

Minister of National Education
María Victoria AnguloAugust 7, 2018

Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
Carlos Eduardo CorreaOctober 4, 2020

Minister of Housing, City and Territory
Jonathan MalagónAugust 7, 2018

Minister of Information Technologies and Communications
Carmen Ligia ValderramaSeptember 28, 2021

Minister of Transport
Ángela María OrozcoAugust 7, 2018

Minister of Culture
Angélica MayoloMay 21, 2021

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
Tito José CrissienJune 4, 2021

Minister of Sports
Guillermo Herrera CastañoJune 17, 2021


19th century

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

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


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:


Timeline of the Council of Ministers

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.


  1. "Iván Duque Márquez". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
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