BOGOTA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday if the peace process with the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group becomes successful, the economic growth of the country will be promoted.
Addressing a public event in the northern department of Choco, Santos said "We hope we can achieve peace. We hope to end the conflict after 50 years of violence. Let' s imagine what Colombia can reach in the future. Let' s imagine what we can inherit to our children."
According to official figures, Colombia witnessed 5.9 percent of economic growth in 2011 and it is projected that the country's economic growth will stand at 4.6 percent in 2012.
Santos also said while the rest of the world is struggling with the economic recovery, his country is going forward with a good rhythm.
"We have an advantageous situation before the rest of the world which is going through a very difficult situation," he said.
Santos said if the conflict ends, it will generate welfare for the country, resulting in economic growth and resources increase to improve the living standards of the Colombians.
Santos stressed the advances of the social program "Prosperity for All" , saying his government is working for an equitable dustributio of resources.
The Colombian government and FARC will start peace talks in October in Oslo, capital of Norway, and continue later in Havana, Cuba,to seek a negotiated end of the prolonged armed conflict.