Council of Ministers of Colombia

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The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Colombia is part of the executive power, and according to the presidential orientation of the Colombian Constitution of 1991, it is a cabinet of advisors to the President of Colombia.


19th century

In the Constitution of 1821, Simón Bolívar created a Cabinet composed of five secretariats:

With time, areas of some secretariats were given to new institutions; in the mid-19th century when the Secretariat of Trade was created, depriving of that function to the Secretariat of the Exterior (then renamed to Foreign Affairs).

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:

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

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:

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