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Chambers of Commerce are to be organized in Cartagena, Cali, Cucuta, and Bucamaranga, in Colombia, South America, at the request of business men in each of those cities. The governor of each of the respective departments will call a meeting of not less than thirty of the principal business men of the community, representing various branches of commerce, importing, exporting, transportation, stocks and bonds, insurance, commission, manufacturing, and so on, and these men will elect 30 per cent of their number as members of the new Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce of Bogota is authorized to act as the official organ of all the commercial interests in Colombia, and as such to present to the national Government practical methods for increasing the prosperity of the country, to advocate improvements or reforms in commercial legislation, to make recommendations regarding taxes and tariff rates, and to promote the organization of any service which would be of value to commerce and industry in general. The Government is to make use of the chamber at Bogota as a consulting and administrative body, in the securing of estimates for public works and in supervising construction. The chamber will also provide a commercial court for the settlement of disputes arising between merchants where the parties concerned voluntarily submit their differences to this court rather than to the tribunals of law.

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