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SOURCE Ecopetrol S.A.
BOGOTA, Colombia, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chief Executive Officer of Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC; BVC: ECOPETROL; TSX: ECP) hereby calls on Shareholders to attend the Annual General Shareholders'Meeting to be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, starting at 9 a.m., at the International Center of Business and Exhibitions (Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones, Corferias), located on Carrera 37 No. 24 – 67, Bogota, Colombia.
Appointment of the Commission in charge of scrutinizing elections and polling
Appointment of the Commission in charge of reviewing and approving the minutes of the meeting
Presentation of the report concerning the Board of Directors' activities, the Board's evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer's performance, as well as the company's compliance with the corporate governance code
Presentation of 2012 integrated sustainable performance report by the Board of Directors and by the Chief Executive Officer of ECOPETROL S.A.
Report by the Minority Shareholders Representative
Review and consideration of ECOPETROL S.A.'s financial statements and consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2012
Review of the External Auditor's Report
Approval of reports presented by the Management, and the External Auditor and approval of Financial Statements
Approval of proposal for dividend distribution
Election of the External Auditor and assignment of remuneration
Election of the Board of Directors and assignment of remuneration
Approval of Amendments of ECOPETROL S.A.´s Bylaws
Propositions and miscellaneous
As from February 28, 2012 shareholders will exercise the right to inspect the books and documents that the Colombian Commercial Code refers to. This information may be consulted at the Company's main offices (Calle 37 No. 8-43 Bogota, Colombia), in a time schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The integrated sustainable performance report may be consulted on Ecopetrol Web site.
The resumes of candidates for the Board of Directors and for the External Auditor are available to the shareholders on Ecopetrol Web site.
Shareholders that may not attend the Shareholders' Meeting may be represented through a proxy, granted in writing, which gathers the requisites established in Colombian Commercial Law. Shareholders may download from the Web site the proxy models that may be used.
Except for the cases of legal representation, managers and employees of Ecopetrol S.A. shall not represent shares other than their own, while in exercise of their posts, or substitute the powers of attorney conferred to them. Neither shall they be able to vote on the year-end financial statements.
In all events, shareholders representation shall strictly comply with the rules established under Colombian Securities Law and Regulations, regarding illegal, unauthorized and unsafe practices of the issuers of securities.
JAVIER G. GUTIERREZ PEMBERTHY Chief Executive Officer
The meeting will be broadcasted live on local TV (Canal Institucional) and on Ecopetrol Web site.
Have your identity document at hand, and if you are representing other shares, the respective proxy.
In order to avoid the crowd and possible congestions, the doors of Corferias and the registration spots will be opened from 7 a.m. onwards.
Entry of accompanying persons will be allowed only for physically handicapped Shareholders, elder adults and under aged.
A kit will be provided to each attending Shareholder.