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Volume 5, Issue 50

From the week of September, 19 2021

Government confirms date for meeting with Conaie

Minister Alexandra Vela indicated that President Guillermo Lasso will dialogue with indigenous leaders.

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In last 11 months, Ecuadorian illegal immigrants detained or deported from the United States were charged $1.345 billion by coyotes

According to 1800migrante.com, a minimum of $15,000 is paid from Ecuador for irregular travel to the United States (US). Over the last 11 months, 89,644 Ecuadorians have been arrested trying to cross illegally into the US.

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Foreigner arrested for trying to smuggle 213 seahorses thru Guayaquil airport

International trade in this species, whose populations are on the verge of extinction, is prohibited The Ecuadorian National Police reported that a foreign citizen was apprehended at the Guayaquil airport for transporting 213 seahorses. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) places all species of seahorses in its Appendix II, recognizing that they […]

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Police arrest a subject involved in illicit trafficking of people, with a firearm, three passports and $5,000 in the south of Cuenca

With $5,000 in his possession, a firearm and three passports, William B., a citizen who presented a hostile and suspicious attitude to the police who apprehended him in the south of Cuenca, was arrested Thursday night. When verifying his judicial record, it was learned that the 25-year-old Ecuadorian has a criminal record for the alleged […]

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Stop making demands

Stop making demands

Everywhere you look in Ecuador’s newspapers, you see President Lasso’s name: he’s going to CELEC, he’s speaking at the UN, he is being hailed for stopping Covid-19 in Ecuador, he has a meeting set...

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Prices of gasoline and diesel have both increased by more than $0.60 a gallon in the last fifteen months

Prices of gasoline and diesel have both increased by more than $0.60 a gallon in the last fifteen months

In the last fifteen months, since the removal of subsidies, prices for extra gasoline, extra with ethanol (ecopaís) gasoline, and diesel fuel have experienced an increase of between 63 cents and 65 cents. It was in the last government of the government of Lenín Moreno, that Executive Decree 1054 was issued, which established that from May 20, 2020 a […]

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Minas de Huascachaca, Ecuador’s largest wind power plant, to start operations in 2022

Minas de Huascachaca, Ecuador’s largest wind power plant, to start operations in 2022

A semi-desert area on the edges of Loja and Azuay, made up of plateaus, with dirt roads and little settled population, is the place where 14 wind turbines will be located in the coming months that will take advantage of the force of the wind to produce energy. This set of wind turbines – each […]

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Maduro and OAS disrupt focus of CELAC summit

Maduro and OAS disrupt focus of CELAC summit

Leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held a summit in Mexico on Saturday, which criticized the OAS, requested that the United States change its relationship with...

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Ecuador Finance Minister Cueva says new global bond issuance will be “orderly and predictable”

Ecuador Finance Minister Cueva says new global bond issuance will be “orderly and predictable”

Debt with international bondholders reached $17.759 billion thru July 2021 Finance Minister Simón Cueva expects Ecuador to return to international markets for the issuance of new Global bonds in 2022, after the country was mainly financed over the last three years with credits from multilateral organizations. In a discussion with international investors, Cueva said that […]

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Volume 5, Issue 49

From the week of September, 12 2021

Whew!

Whew!

I’ve been dealing with some health issues over the past year. They’ve not exactly been a secret, but I’ve not gone into detail about them with many people. That’s all about to change. Today, after a year of surgeries, medications, therapy, and a plethora of doctor’s appointments, I got a “cleaner” bill of health than […]

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UPDATES: 09/14/2021

UPDATES: 09/14/2021

Update to: Chinese fishing boats approaching Galapagos: what’s being done, what species they endanger and who comprises the fleet Published: Volume 5, Issue 39 17 months later: the Fisheries Law still does not have a regulation. Why? Seventeen months have passed since the Organic Law for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries was issued and there is still no […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, September 14, 2021

We weren’t sure we would ever see the day when we considered ending this report. Back in early 2020, and for a long time afterward, it looked like this pandemic was here to stay and the numbers would never improve, either here in Ecuador or world-wide. It looks like we can safely say that Ecuador […]

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SHORT STORIES OF INTEREST: 04-14-2021

New fuel prices push diesel to $1.65 and extra gasoline to $2.39 On Saturday, the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources (ARC) released the new rate for petroleum derivatives, which varies between an eleven and five cent increase. The new provisions issued September 11th established that a gallon of diesel will cost $1.65 and gasoline […]

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Minister Garzón wants government to be remembered for having changed public health

Minister Garzón wants government to be remembered for having changed public health

The Minister of Public Health, Ximena Garzón Villalba, has overseen one of the greatest public health achievements of the national government: vaccinating 9 million people against COVID-19 in 100 days. The journey, of course, has not been easy. Beyond vaccination, her goal is to design and begin to implement the “Ten-Year Public Health Plan,” which she […]

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Lasso reaches agreement with IMF and pursues trade agreements across the globe

Lasso reaches agreement with IMF and pursues trade agreements across the globe

The quick arrival of foreign resources will provide liquidity of $4.5 billion to finance various projects. President Lasso said in an interview last Thursday that his government had reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that will unblock the disbursement of resources from abroad and will provide liquidity of $4.5 billion dollars for financing […]

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Volume 5, Issue 48

From the week of September, 05 2021

Teachers say conditions in Ecuador make it difficult provide sex education while early pregnancies cause hundreds of deaths

Teachers say conditions in Ecuador make it difficult provide sex education while early pregnancies cause hundreds of deaths

Experts say disseminating scientific information based on human rights without religious biases is one of the mechanisms to reduce early pregnancy. Over the last year, the lack of contact between teachers and students has limited the guidance of sexual education in the education establishments of the country. Adolescent pregnancy and the country’s high maternal mortality […]

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UPDATES: 09-07-2021

UPDATES: 09-07-2021

Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha Published: Volume 5, Issue 43 Three months after the removal of Mayor Jorge Yunda, his position remains in dispute A ruling from the Provincial...

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Well, that was a great 3-month effort!

Well, that was a great 3-month effort!

I’m watching with fascination how much China says it is willing to give to Ecuador in the future. It’s already the number one provider of vaccines to the country. And debt, and it’s even the number one importer of Ecuadorian shrimp. And now its ambassador says it wants to expand on all those things: give […]

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Productive sector sees opportunities and risks in an agreement with China

Productive sector sees opportunities and risks in an agreement with China

Exporters see potential; manufactures and artisans warn of complications to compete. Almost 50% of the textile products sold in the local market come from China. The rest is shared between national production and those of other countries. This occurs without Ecuador having a trade agreement with the Asian giant. Due to their economy of scale […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Before we go into number this week, let’s outline the major changes in the environment of Covid-19 in Ecuador. This week the Ministry of Health is turning back to first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to get those people that have held off until now (labeled “laggards”). It will also continue to give second doses […]

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Short Stories of Interest: 09-07-2021

Government decides that the protection for former presidents and vice presidents will only be within Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso modified some of the conditions for the protection and security provided to former presidents and former vice presidents. Through Executive Decree 179, dated August 31st, Lasso established that the protection will be provided “only within the […]

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Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo: ‘Ecuador is going to become a magnet for attracting foreign investment’

Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo: ‘Ecuador is going to become a magnet for attracting foreign investment’

The signing of trade agreements with several countries is a priority in the Government’s foreign policy. After one hundred days of government, in a recent interview Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo made an evaluation of the work carried out at the level of international relations and stated that the priority for the coming months is to […]

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Ecuador reached the goal of vaccinating 9 million people in 100 days

Ecuador reached the goal of vaccinating 9 million people in 100 days

Vice President, Alfredo Borrero, and the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, announced on the September 1, 2021, that the goal of vaccinating nine million people in 100 days was met. On September 1, 2021, the government of President Guillermo Lasso fulfilled one of its first objectives: to vaccinate nine million people in its first 100 […]

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Volume 5, Issue 47

From the week of August 29, 2021

Vice President Borrero says, “the health structure is eaten away by corruption”

Vice President Borrero says, “the health structure is eaten away by corruption”

Vice President Alfredo Borrero leads the vaccination against Covid-19 and the revamping of the public health system and says that the problems of the country’s hospitals have a common element: corruption.

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UPDATES: 08-30-2021

UPDATES: 08-30-2021

Update to: Banana sector reinforces prevention measures to avoid Foc R4T fungus Published: Volume 5, Issue 27 Controls in banana provinces are reinforced to prevent the entry of Fusarium Race 4 Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that in towns such as...

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Monday, August 30th, 2021

Before we go into number this week, let’s outline the major changes in the environment of Covid-19 in Ecuador. First and foremost, the increase in cases of the Delta variant in several provinces of the country has forced the Ministry of Health to adjust the vaccination schedule, advancing the application of the second dose of […]

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Fuel and social subsidies of $5.645 billion found in 2021 proforma budget along with $4.8 billion deficit

Fuel and social subsidies of $5.645 billion found in 2021 proforma budget along with $4.8 billion deficit

The highest subsidy for fuels is in gas for domestic use which reaches $813 million.

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Ecuador’s amphibians may be the species most threatened by climate change

Ecuador’s amphibians may be the species most threatened by climate change

Ecuadorian biologist Mauricio Ortega talks about the threats amphibians face in the region. His work with environmental DNA allows researchers to know about possible diseases that can attack them and to plan control strategies for invasive species such as tilapia, trout and bullfrog that are great threats to amphibians.

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Ecuador faces 5 challenges to achieving herd immunity

Ecuador faces 5 challenges to achieving herd immunity

The Government aims to vaccinate 14.8 million people by the end of 2021 to achieve herd immunity. This goal includes children over the age of eight.

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Are you using that bed?

Are you using that bed?

I heard from an old friend this week, we hadn’t talked in a year or so. What I like to call the “missing year” (or year and a half) that we all experienced in most of 2020 and more than half of 2021. I had talked to him about three months into the pandemic, and […]

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8 out of 10 households with children in Ecuador have less income as a result of the pandemic

8 out of 10 households with children in Ecuador have less income as a result of the pandemic

For families with children, it will take 11 years to get out of poverty, three times longer than for households without children.

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Volume 5, Issue 46

From the week of August 22, 2021

UPDATES: 08-23

UPDATES: 08-23

Update to: Financing proposal for expansion of Galapagos reserve still has no response from Government Published: Volume 5, Issue 26 Ecuador analyzes debt swap for new reserve in Galapagos Ecuador is analyzing an environmental debt swap to create a new reserve around the Galapagos archipelago that will expand the limits to fishing through a negotiation between all […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador

Updated for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful vaccination campaign, it is setting an example for countries in the region and globally. Today, Ecuador currently administers the highest daily number of doses per 100 people in the […]

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Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million

Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million

Chronic childhood malnutrition (DCI) continues to be a problem in Ecuador, and in fact it has worsened over the last 7 years. In 2018 (the latest firm figures available), 27.2% of children under two years were underweight and height, compared to 24.8% in 2014. Specialists are saying that the situation worsened with the pandemic and now, one […]

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Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October

Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October

From January to May of this year, $434 million worth of goods have been exported to Russia, third most in exports after the United States and the European Union.

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Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls

Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls

Ecuador is the world’s biggest exporter of balsa wood, most of it shipped to China. Indigenous communities in Ecuador’s Pastaza River Basin say balsa is being logged illegally in their territories and is damaging the ecological integrity of the region and hurting Indigenous communities.  The problem has reportedly spread to neighboring Peru, where Indigenous communities accuse Ecuadoran balsa loggers of felling commercially valuable trees and even kidnapping a child.

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Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity

Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity

This week Ecuador announced that it will administer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people with weak immune systems and will carry out tests to determine if the rest of the inoculated population also needs a booster, Health Minister Ximena Garzon said on Tuesday. The government of President Guillermo Lasso is using Pfizer, […]

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Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption

Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption

During the presidential term of Lenín Moreno, whose term ended in May, the Attorney General’s Office had to create a specialized Task Force to be able to process and carry out investigations into alleged illegal acts related to the acquisition of products for the health emergency. As part of the cross-border project ‘Watch the pandemic,’ the following report details several of the emblematic cases, involving officials, businessmen and even the children of former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram.

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Don’t fall prey

Don’t fall prey

I’m in Florida now waiting for some medical appointments and wondering how things got so bad here in the US. By that I mean politically, socially, and even religiously. So much of those three things have merged together, with basis in the belief of many of the conspiracy theories going around the country. There is […]

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Volume 5, Issue 45

From the week of August 15, 2021

UPDATES: 08/17/2021

UPDATES: 08/17/2021

Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha Published: Volume 4, Issue 43 TCE says Guarderas is the mayor of Quito The Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE) ruled on Tuesday, August 10, and has ratified that the mayor of the city of Quito is […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Good news is hard to come by in the context of the current health crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. That’s why we are particularly excited to see some encouraging developments in Ecuador. Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful […]

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The Quito Metro has no light at the end of the tunnel

The Quito Metro has no light at the end of the tunnel

The project was stared in 2012 and has idled thru four mayors, seven managers and several postponements. The Quito Metro is like a brand new 21st century bus that lacks, at least, the driver, the turnstile for passengers to pass and pay, the entire technological system and the network of trans-shipment connections. Without this, the 22 kilometers of the tunnel built, […]

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Recognition of territory, respect for ancestral knowledge and cessation of violence: the vision of life of indigenous peoples

Recognition of territory, respect for ancestral knowledge and cessation of violence: the vision of life of indigenous peoples

August 9th was the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, a date established by the United Nations in December 1994.

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No positive outcome

No positive outcome

I watched President Biden’s speech yesterday regarding what was happening in Afghanistan amid his decision to pull the last of the US’s troops out of the country. Earlier, I had seen the images of people dying while trying to get on board a departing aircraft at the Kabul airport. So, I say these words with […]

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New changes to traffic laws go into effect

New changes to traffic laws go into effect

A set of at least 65 changes included in the reforms of the Organic Law on Traffic, Land Transportation and Road Safety (LOTTSV), came into effect this past Tuesday. For example, as of August 10th, drivers have 90 business days to pay their pending violations and the...

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Legal abortions for rape still difficult for most victims to access

Legal abortions for rape still difficult for most victims to access

Rocio Rosero, spokeswoman for the National Women’s Coalition, talks about the critical points that the bill that the Ombudsman’s Office presented to the National Assembly has encountered to decriminalize abortion for rape in the country.

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Andean Community (CAN) agrees to free movement, residence, and work

Andean Community (CAN) agrees to free movement, residence, and work

As of last Wednesday, citizens of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru can reside, work, and move freely between these four countries, a “historic milestone” in regional integration, according to the Secretary General of the Andean Community (CAN), Jorge Hernando Pedraza. The so-called “Decision 878” promoted by the CAN, which establishes the Andean Migration Statute, opens […]

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Volume 5, Issue 44

From the week of August 08, 2021

UPDATES: 8-10-2021

UPDATES: 8-10-2021

Update to: Chinese fishing boats approaching Galapagos: what’s being done, what species they endanger and who comprises the fleet Published: Volume 5, Issue 39 Galapagos imposes a ban on sea cucumber fishing at the end of quota The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) announced the closure of the sea cucumber fishery since the allowable catch […]

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Peruvian community radio stations combat COVID-19 disinformation among Indigenous peoples in remote regions

Peruvian community radio stations combat COVID-19 disinformation among Indigenous peoples in remote regions

Peru has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and is in last place in Latin America in terms of vaccinations given. However, as the government has just secured more vaccines, there is another virus that is especially affecting Indigenous people in remote regions of the country: disinformation and conspiracy theories about the vaccines. LatAm Journalism Review […]

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‘My government will be the government of entrepreneurs’ says Guillermo Lasso 

‘My government will be the government of entrepreneurs’ says Guillermo Lasso 

Entrepreneurship and innovation are key factors for the reactivation of the country, reported the Ministry of Communication last week. For this reason, the Government supports all the actions that, from the private sector, academia and society, are promoted for the development of the country. With this in mind, last Wednesday evening, President Guillermo Lasso, attended the […]

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Is anyone listening?

Is anyone listening?

What happened to customer service in the US? I mean, I know it took a deep dive over the last 20 years, but now it seems like the goal is just to make us go away, or at least give up talking to a person and go to a website that tells you to call […]

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Erosion continues in the Coca River as US Army Corp of Engineers show up to help

Erosion continues in the Coca River as US Army Corp of Engineers show up to help

The natural phenomenon of regressive erosion in the Coca River is already located 7.9 kilometers from the catchment works of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric plant, the largest in the country. The authorities of the electricity sector are concerned about the advance of the natural phenomenon of regressive erosion in the Coca River, which puts […]

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Can Ecuador achieve “the impossible” and move from an oil economy to a bioeconomy?

Can Ecuador achieve “the impossible” and move from an oil economy to a bioeconomy?

When Columbus set sail from Huelva, he did not imagine meeting America and transforming the world. His purpose was to find an alternative route to reach the Indies from the East. He crossed that sea that filled him with new hope, “as sleep gives a man dreams” – according to a quote attributed to him. What […]

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Volume 5, Issue 43

From the week of August 03, 2021

Don’t let things deceive you

Don’t let things deceive you

We are having work done at the house again and it’s one of those noisy days that makes it almost impossible for me to think about what I want to say this week. There is a jackhammer pounding away at an old foundation for the previous owner’s idea of a “waterfall.” It’s more of a […]

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Updates: 08/03/2021

Updates: 08/03/2021

Update to: Cannabis in Ecuador: Industry and opportunity Published: Volume 5, Issue 41 Ecuador's flower industry shifts toward hemp as rose sales wither At one of Ecuador's oldest flower farms, workers are planting hemp on land that was traditionally used for roses,...

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Union organizations announce a ‘great mobilization’ for August 11th

Union organizations announce a ‘great mobilization’ for August 11th

The mobilizations will start between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., said José Villavicencio, President of the General Union of Workers of Ecuador.

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Listeria found in 1 out of 7 samples of soft cheese in Ecuador

Listeria found in 1 out of 7 samples of soft cheese in Ecuador

Foodborne diseases (FBDs) are still a major public health concern worldwide, despite the strict controls implemented in the food industry. Each year approximately 600 million illnesses and 420,000 deaths occur because of FBDs such as norovirus infections, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, listeriosis, and other enteric diseases particularly in developing regions. Among the most important FBDs, listeriosis, caused […]

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In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha

In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha

On June 3rd, the Metropolitan Council approved the removal of Jorge Yunda a mayor of Quito, however on Friday, the Provincial Court annulled that decision and returned him to office. Two months after the removal of Jorge Yunda as Mayor of Quito, the capital is stuck in the legal dispute of their “two mayors,” Jorge […]

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How will we make sure that Ecuadorian college students have the skills of the future?

How will we make sure that Ecuadorian college students have the skills of the future?

Juan Carlos Mariño is the plant manager at a tuna processing factory in Manta, one of Ecuador’s most vital maritime ports. He has been looking for a food processing technologist to help him at the plant for almost two months. However, his search has been unsuccessful despite high youth unemployment in the region and having […]

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Ecuador’s largest grocer takes Ben & Jerry’s off the shelf for Israel decision, ice cream founders push back

Ecuador’s largest grocer takes Ben & Jerry’s off the shelf for Israel decision, ice cream founders push back

“Discrimination against some Jews harms all Jews worldwide,” says El Rosado Group CEO Johnny Czarninski. Ecuador’s largest supermarket chain, owned by El Rosado Group, has announced that it will no longer sell ice-cream manufactured by Unilever, which owns Ben & Jerry’s. The company has more than 180 stores across Ecuador and is joining other supermarket […]

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Volume 5, Issue 42

From the week of July 25, 2021

César Monge, the “unconditional friend” who helped Guillermo Lasso become President, dies of pancreatic cancer

César Monge, the “unconditional friend” who helped Guillermo Lasso become President, dies of pancreatic cancer

On the night of April 11, Guillermo Lasso and César Monge met on a platform at the Guayaquil Convention Center and there, excited, they hugged each other in front of the eyes of their euphoric followers. It was around 10 p.m. The former banker lead in the count of the electoral runoff vote and became the […]

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What does Pedro Castillo’s victory mean for Ecuador?

What does Pedro Castillo’s victory mean for Ecuador?

Peru’s new President has said that “neoliberals” are enemies of regional integration The electoral victory of a radical leftist indigenist like Pedro Castillo has aroused interest and concern in Latin America. The schoolteacher with a career in union leadership is a member of the political party Peru Libre, which defines itself as “left-wing Marxist.” Castillo was also a […]

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What’s it gonna take?

What’s it gonna take?

President Lasso’s “right-hand man,” César Monge died of pancreatic cancer this week. In reading about him, it’s clear that he was a big part of the reason why Lasso got elected President. It also became clear that he had good motives for getting involved in politics after a long history in business. From what is […]

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UPDATES: 07-25-2021

UPDATES: 07-25-2021

Update to: In the middle of a fraud and now murder scandal, Abdalá Bucaram announces his candidacy for President Published: Volume 4, Issue 45 Court reinstates the case against Abdalá Bucaram and suspends Judge Verónica Medina The judges of the Provincial Court of Justice of Pichincha Ricardo Vaca, Miguel Narváez and Anacélida Burbano, unanimously accepted the appeal presented by […]

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The State owes IESS $7.381 billion, Lasso proposes using government assets to pay the debt

The State owes IESS $7.381 billion, Lasso proposes using government assets to pay the debt

The member of the IESS César Rodríguez gave figures from the IESS on health debt and pensions. In health, the greatest weight is care for retirees and catastrophic events. The State maintains a debt of at least $7.381 billion with the Social Security Institute (IESS). These items, according to a report published by César Rodríguez, a member of the IESS […]

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INEC changes measurement criteria, says 111,000 people came out of unemployment in June but hours worked, and wages earned both fell

INEC changes measurement criteria, says 111,000 people came out of unemployment in June but hours worked, and wages earned both fell

Through a press statement, National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) said that from 2020 until May 2021, it implemented several methodological changes associated with the size and distribution of the samples it collects, the level of representativeness of the estimators, and the construction of weighting factors. “These modifications affected the historical comparability of the […]

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Volume 5, Issue 41

From the week of July 18, 2021

Cannabis in Ecuador: Industry and opportunity

Cannabis in Ecuador: Industry and opportunity

The first steps towards an emerging market The cannabis industry is not simple, but it has promise. It is crossed by social, therapeutic and public health, scientific, productive, legal issues and even a certain morality, a product of ignorance and the stigma that the...

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Updates: 07-20-2021

Updates: 07-20-2021

Update to: Lasso Announces 50% Internet Discount for Seniors Published: Volume 5, Issue 40 The Elderly Plan for the discount on internet and telephony, explained The Ministry of Telecommunications created the Senior Adult Plan to give a 50% discount on the payment for internet consumption and fixed and mobile telephony for people over 65 years […]

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3 out of 4

3 out of 4

I’m in Florida writing this and it’s hot. And muggy. I had to come her for a family “emergency” that has all worked out okay. I’m quite happy for that and I am glad that I came. It was a rushed trip and I had to make a connection to get here which I never […]

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Delta Variant Enters Ecuador, Cases Rise Significantly, Deaths Fall, Government Continues To Fail To Release Hospitalizations Figures

Delta Variant Enters Ecuador, Cases Rise Significantly, Deaths Fall, Government Continues To Fail To Release Hospitalizations Figures

Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, July 20, 2021 This week it is important to talk more about what is happening in the country overall, than any particular numbers that we track. First and foremost, the delta variant of the coronavirus—which is considered to be as much as […]

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National Assembly ratifies the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance

National Assembly ratifies the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance

The national Assembly unanimously approved the ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance. On July 13th, the Ecuadorian legislature approved with 126 votes the report of the International Relations and Human Mobility Commission to ratify this international instrument. Assemblyman Juan Fernando Flores, President of the Commission, said that “the convention is […]

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Lasso could increase oil production by 22%, but not double it in 4 years

Lasso could increase oil production by 22%, but not double it in 4 years

In the best of cases, production could be increased to 610,000 barrels per day in 2025, which is still far from the million barrels announced by the authorities

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Ecuador’s economy after the Moreno government: a more negative balance

Ecuador’s economy after the Moreno government: a more negative balance

On May 24, 2021, the government of Lenín Moreno officially ended and give way to that of Guillermo Lasso. Although his 4 years as President have ended, the results of Moreno’s policies on the country’s economic indicators have consequences that will last for months — perhaps years. It was not a surprise. In April 2020, at the […]

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