Francisco Javier Mejía

The Vice Minister Francisco Javier Mejía was born in Dagua, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. He is an Economist from the National University of Colombia and has a Master Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Development specialized in institutions, territory and governance from the same University. He also has a major in Organizations of the Andes University of Colombia. 

He has 17 years of experience in regional development, public management, competitiveness and good governance. He has served as consultant and advisor to public, private and international institutions regarding formulation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and development policies. 

He has occupied diverse management positions: serving as private Secretary responsible of the Analysis Unit of the Secretariat of Government of Confecámaras. He was advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Government of Bogotá, to the first commission of the Senate in Colombia, the National Planning Department, the Ministry of Labor, the Aqueduct, Water and Sewerage Company, among other companies. He prepared the Competitiveness Strategy of Tourism of Bogota and monitored and evaluated the projects financed by the General System of Royalties. 

As part of his experience with international organizations, he worked with USAID, IOM, ARD inc; The Trust for The Americas - an entity attached to the OAS, that promotes the participation of the public and private sectors in economic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

He was the manager of the Civil Society Program and the Free Trade and Internal Agenda, in which he was responsible for establishing the competitiveness priorities vis-à-vis the NAFTA challenges for the Chambers of Commerce. 

Concerning peace and development issues, he assisted the construction of the Regional Plans for Social and Economic Reintegration of the North Block and the Action Plan of the Consolidation Zone in the South of Tolima.