Santos announced the appointment while launching a housing plan to help the country’s poorest families, an initiative intended to advance the government’s goals of creating jobs and reducing poverty in Colombia, media reported.
Speaking about Vargas Lleras, who replaced Beatriz Uribe and will be responsible for leading the housing initiative, Santos said and felt confident with his leadership and commitment to both the housing plan and the Colombian people.
The plan is based on similar initiatives in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. President Santos said it could be carried out because of the good economic situation in Colombia and his government’s stated commitment to help the people who need it most.
The plans for the new project will soon be presented to Congress, with the stated goal of delivering 100,000 homes over the next two years.