Sabas Pretelt de la Vega : biography
Sabas Pretelt de la Vega (born April 11, 1946) is a Colombian economist and businessman, who served as Colombian Minister of the Interior and Justice, and Ambassador to the Colombian missions in Italy, Greece, Cyprus, San Marino, and Malta.
Sabas Pratelt de la Vega was born in Cartagena de Indias in the Department of Bolívar, Colombia on April 11, 1946. He had four children with his ex-wife Pilar Arango Ribeck: María Vanessa, Verónica, and Mauricio. Pretelt married fellow Colombian economist Ana Luisa de Zubiría on September 11, 2006, the private ceremony took place in the home of his sister Mercé Pretelt de la Vega, and the godparents were President of Fedegán José Félix Lafaurie and the Attorney General of Colombia Mario Germán Iguarán Arana, the nupcials were hastened due to Pretelt's diplomatic appointment in Italy and left that same day to Rome.
He graduated from the Liceo de Cervantes, he also graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) as humanist and from the Universidad del Valle as an economist.He has a Masters degree in Business Administration and has been a Professor at several Colombian universities.
Sabas Pretelt de la Vega was the Colombian minister of the Interior and Justice between November 2003 and September 2006. Mr. Pretelt de la Vega was a member of President Álvaro Uribe's cabinet as Minister of Interior and Justice, being the first non-lawyer to occupy that position. He is credited for bringing significant legislative achievements to effectively improve the fight against drug trafficking and the country’s stability. During this tenure as Minister, he served several times as Minister in charge of the presidential office. His successor is Carlos Holguín Sardi, since 2006.
Prior to being a member of Álvaro Uribe's cabinet, Sabas Pretelt was between 1988 and 2003 the president of FENALCO, the Colombian National Association of Commerce. Mr Pretelt had a successful career in the private sector, both as entrepreneur and President of the National Council of Entrepreneurs, a coordinating body of all the private sector organizations in Colombia. In that quality, he also represented several times Colombia’s employers in the Assembly of the International Labour Organisation and in other regional organizations such as ALAS, the Latin American Association of Supermarkets and the Food Marketing Institute of the United States, among others.
In the academic field, Pretelt was professor of Greek culture and pre-Socratic philosophy in the La Salle University, and of Projects Evaluation in the University of Valle. He has published numerous articles in newspapers and magazines and is the author of the books “San Andres: Centro Financiero Internacional” and “Privatizaciones, Apertura,y Desarrollo.”
Due his involvement in the corruption scandal known as Yidispolitica he was banned from holding any public office for twelve years. His letter of resignation was finally accepted by President Juan Manuel Santos on the eve of the nomination of his successor as Ambassador.
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