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Volume 8, Issue 37

From the week of June 16, 2024

Daniel Noboa’s Government Suffers Four Political Defeats in a Single Week

Daniel Noboa’s Government Suffers Four Political Defeats in a Single Week

The position of the National Assembly on Vice President Verónica Abad is one of the setbacks faced by the Government this week. The week that ends was not auspicious for the Government of President Daniel Noboa. The Regime suffered four significant political defeats in areas of its special interest. Perhaps it has been its most […]

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Cut the chains

Cut the chains

Okay, so how is Noboa going to get past this? And by this, I mean the outrageous actions by the Correístas, the Social Christians and Construye, to prevent Ecuadorian Vice President Veronica Abad from going on trial for extortion. Their reasoning? They say it was a political trial and that it only came about because […]

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Surge in Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Sales in Ecuador Amid Declining Overall Automotive Market

Surge in Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Sales in Ecuador Amid Declining Overall Automotive Market

The automotive market in Ecuador has experienced a significant shift in recent months, characterized by a stark contrast between the general downturn in vehicle sales and the robust growth in electric and hybrid vehicle segments. According to data from the Chamber of the Ecuadorian Automotive Industry (Cinae) and the Association of Automotive Companies of Ecuador […]

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Noboa Alleges ‘Dirty Political Pact’ Over Assembly’s Verónica Abad Vote

Noboa Alleges ‘Dirty Political Pact’ Over Assembly’s Verónica Abad Vote

“No official is above the law, and justice must determine whether the Vice President committed an irregularity,” insists the Executive. The government of Daniel Noboa launched an attack last Friday, June 14, 2024, against the opposition majority in the National Assembly, shortly after the body denied authorization for a criminal prosecution of Vice President Verónica […]

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Leader of Los Lobos Faces Trial for Threatening Attorney General and Her Daughter

Leader of Los Lobos Faces Trial for Threatening Attorney General and Her Daughter

A judge has issued a decisive order summoning Fabricio Colón Pico, purported leader of the notorious criminal syndicate Los Lobos, to stand trial for allegedly orchestrating a campaign of intimidation against Ecuador’s Attorney General, Diana Salazar. This development marks a pivotal moment in a high-profile case that has gripped the nation’s judicial system. After threats […]

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Volume 8, Issue 36

From the week of June 09, 2024

Noboa’s Plan to End Gasoline Subsidies Could Impact Over a Million Ecuadorian Vehicles

Noboa’s Plan to End Gasoline Subsidies Could Impact Over a Million Ecuadorian Vehicles

Nearly 1.1 million private cars use Extra and Ecopaís gasoline. Additionally, 814,976 motorcycles use gasoline. President Daniel Noboa is analyzing the elimination of the gasoline subsidy. The Government of Daniel Noboa is advancing the plan to eliminate subsidies for Extra and Ecopaís, which could yield an income of about $630 million a year. But how […]

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Politics in its worst form

Politics in its worst form

Obviously, the biggest story in TCD this week is about the Nene case. The case is being transferred to the National Court because there is supposedly evidence that Vice President Abad was involved in the bribery scheme. Of course, this mean that the Correístas, who are now backing Abad, are going to claim that these […]

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Assembly Controversy: Government Denounces ‘Anti-Noboa Majority,’ Assembly President Hits Back

Assembly Controversy: Government Denounces ‘Anti-Noboa Majority,’ Assembly President Hits Back

The Vice Minister of Governance, Esteban Torres, asserted on June 5th that an “anti-Noboa” and “anti-government” majority has formed in the Assembly. On June 5th, the Government reacted to recent events in the National Assembly, including the call for President Daniel Noboa to delegate Vice President Verónica Abad to his office. In response, Vice Minister […]

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Ecuador’s 50-Year Battle to Cut Fuel Subsidies

Ecuador’s 50-Year Battle to Cut Fuel Subsidies

The fuel subsidy, a legacy of the military regime, has persisted despite significant shifts in economic and oil landscapes since the 1970s, proving a challenge for successive Presidents of the Republic. Introduced in Ecuador in 1974 under the military regime led by General Guillermo Rodríguez Lara, the controversial fuel subsidy coincided with a period of […]

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Verónica Abad on Potential Correa Pardon: “It’s About Justice, Not the Former President”

Verónica Abad on Potential Correa Pardon: “It’s About Justice, Not the Former President”

Vice President Verónica Abad has garnered unexpected support from the Correísta faction in the Assembly, positioning her as a potential replacement for President Daniel Noboa in the 2025 campaign. Hints of alignment between Vice President Verónica Abad and Correismo have surfaced in the National Assembly, with the Citizen Revolution (RC) bloc now backing Abad to […]

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Central Bank Says Subsidy Cuts Will Boost Inflation but Are Crucial for Ecuador’s Economy

Central Bank Says Subsidy Cuts Will Boost Inflation but Are Crucial for Ecuador’s Economy

The increase in VAT and the elimination of gasoline subsidies would raise annual inflation to 3.5% to 4% in 2024. The initial forecast was 2.1%. The manager of the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), Guillermo Avellán, announced that the first disbursement of the credit obtained with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in the State […]

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Minister Outlines Plan to Phase Out Inequitable Fuel Subsidies

Minister Outlines Plan to Phase Out Inequitable Fuel Subsidies

In a recent interview, the Ecuadorian Minister of Energy indicated that propane gas and diesel fuel are not going to be touched and that currently, 70% of extra gasoline and Ecopaís subsidies are going to people who earn more than $900. The acting Minister of Energy, Roberto Luque, explained the reasons why the Government is […]

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Volume 8, Issue 35

From the week of June 02, 2024

A New Species of Frog Discovered in Ecuador

A New Species of Frog Discovered in Ecuador

A new species of frog was discovered in Ecuador and named in honor of Norma Ewing, a passionate conservationist and animal rescuer from the United States. The announcement was made on Thursday, May...

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Are Construye and Revolución Ciudadana Allies in Opposition to Noboa?

Are Construye and Revolución Ciudadana Allies in Opposition to Noboa?

The government has begun framing the discourse that Construye and Revolución Ciudadana groups are the new opposition, despite Correísmo’s support for several initiatives. The National Assembly has been in session for just six months, yet the landscape has shifted dramatically. What initially seemed favorable for the government, with a compliant Assembly, has turned into a […]

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Ecuador Secures $4 Billion IMF Credit with 7% Interest, Terms Revealed

Ecuador Secures $4 Billion IMF Credit with 7% Interest, Terms Revealed

Ecuador will receive $4.0 billion from the IMF. This new credit program is the 23rd for Ecuador. The interest rate will be 7% per year. The Government of Daniel Noboa signed a new credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on May 31, 2024. The last credit program with the multilateral ended in December […]

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You sneaky b^&%ards!

You sneaky b^&%ards!

So, what story interested you the most this week? The story about expats buying property in Manta during all the crime going on there? Or maybe the one telling us that the government is going to investigate the outrageous salaries at the electric company? Wait, it was the frog story, right? Come on, admit it. […]

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Government Scrutinizes High Salaries and Bonuses at CNEL Amid Economic Crisis

Government Scrutinizes High Salaries and Bonuses at CNEL Amid Economic Crisis

On average, the monthly income of a CNEL employee who is part of the collective contract is $2,321, thanks to three types of bonuses. The National Electricity Corporation (CNEL) has 6,347 employees and spends around $8.1 million each month on salaries. This represents an annual expense of $97 million, excluding the thirteenth and fourteenth salaries. […]

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Noboa’s Bid for Reelection Spurs Debate on Presidential Succession During Campaign

Noboa’s Bid for Reelection Spurs Debate on Presidential Succession During Campaign

President Daniel Noboa has announced that he will seek reelection. To do so, he will have to ask for unpaid leave or resign from his position, as these are the only options for public servants who become candidates. The government of Daniel Noboa is seeking a way to seek reelection without Vice President Verónica Abad […]

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Vice Minister Warns of Potential Total Veto Following Constitutional Amendment

Vice Minister Warns of Potential Total Veto Following Constitutional Amendment

The National Assembly amended Article 138 of the Constitution so that with 70 votes, it can ratify the original texts vetoed by the Executive. On May 30th, the National Assembly modified Article 138 to change the voting requirements for presidential vetoes. Previously, 92 votes were needed, but now only 70 are required for the Legislature […]

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Update: Costa Rica Assembly Ratifies Trade Agreement with Ecuador

Update to: New Trade Agreement with Costa Rica opens market for ceramics, dragon fruit, and hundreds of other products Published: Volume 7, Issue 22 Sonsoles García, Minister of Foreign Trade, announced that the ratification by President Rodrigo Chaves of Costa Rica is now anticipated. The Costa Rican Assembly ratified the trade agreement with Ecuador on […]

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Update: Former Guayas Court President, 11 Others Linked in Purge Case

Update to: President of Guayas Court Resigns Amid Corruption Allegations as Purge Investigation Triggers Judicial Crisis Published: Volume 8, Issue 23 The Prosecutor’s Office has requested a hearing to link and press charges in the Purge case, which currently involves 24 defendants. Attorney General Diana Salazar has asked for the connection of twelve additional individuals […]

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Update: Presidential Advisor Labels Vice President as Government Enemy Amidst Political Rift

Update to: Vice President Verónica Abad has been summoned to provide her account in the investigation of the alleged crime of influence peddling involving her son Published: Volume 8, Issue 34 Diana Jácome, a Presidential Advisor, stated that Vice President Verónica Abad would be engaging in discussions with other political parties and opponents of the […]

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Volume 8, Issue 34

From the week of May 26, 2024

Report to the Nation: Presidential Speech Reinforces Distance from Correísmo Ahead of 2025 Presidential Elections

Report to the Nation: Presidential Speech Reinforces Distance from Correísmo Ahead of 2025 Presidential Elections

Without mentioning names, President Daniel Noboa Azín used a few sentences in his speech to criticize the opposition, specifically the Citizen Revolution. Although there are seven months left before the electoral environment comes to life, this half-year of administration and the Report to the Nation provided the opportunity for President Noboa to pave the way […]

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Vice President Verónica Abad has been summoned to provide her account in the investigation of the alleged crime of influence peddling involving her son

Vice President Verónica Abad has been summoned to provide her account in the investigation of the alleged crime of influence peddling involving her son

The Ecuadorian Vice President is implicated in the case by her involvement in giving the complainant the job at the center of the controversy. An audio recording supports the complainant’s version in the “Nene” case, where the Vice President’s son was arrested but later released on bail. The investigation involves Francisco Sebastián B.A., the son […]

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Here we go again…

Here we go again…

There is an old saying that I always found interesting: “What was old is new again.” Doesn’t make any sense. Right? But then, when I was browsing the news this week, in the Technology section, I came across a story on the new Samsung Galaxy 7 Ultra watch. It’s a smartwatch—think Apple watch. I suppose […]

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The complete speech of Daniel Noboa’s Report to the Nation

The complete speech of Daniel Noboa’s Report to the Nation

 Daniel Noboa gave his first ‘Report of the Nation’ on Friday May 24th. The event in the National Assembly was boycotted by the Revolución Ciudadana (Correísta) party. Noboa’s report was interspersed with video presentations, hence the shortness of the 28-minute speech. Here is the transcript of Noboa’s full speech: “The first time I spoke from […]

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Update: Apartments are the most sought-after properties in Quito

Update to: Comparing the cost of living in Guayaquil, Quito, and Cuenca Published: Volume 8, Issue 09 According to a recent study by the Plusvalia real estate portal, searches for buying real estate exceed those for renting. In total, 60% of property searches are for purchases, while 40% are for rentals. In Quito, apartments account […]

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Update: Abdalá Bucaram Signals Candidacy for Mayor of Guayaquil in 2027 “If God Allows It”

Update to: Abdalá Bucaram called to trial for organized crime, here is a chronology of the case Published: Volume 6, Issue 11 On Saturday afternoon in Guayaquil, followers of the now-defunct Ecuadorian Roldosista Party (PRE) met to discuss the upcoming national and sectional elections in Ecuador. Former Ecuadorian president Abdalá Bucaram, 72, did not immediately […]

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Seven Murders in Less Than 24 Hours in Manta, Montecristi, and Jaramijó: A Grim Snapshot of Violence in Manabí

Seven Murders in Less Than 24 Hours in Manta, Montecristi, and Jaramijó: A Grim Snapshot of Violence in Manabí

One of the victims, Antonio Macías, was the uncle of Los Choneros gang leader Fito. In a span of less than 24 hours, the coastal cantons of Manta, Montecristi, and Jaramijó, which form the most violent district in Manabí, experienced a chilling wave of seven murders. This tragic surge in violence underscores the pervasive insecurity […]

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Volume 8, Issue 33

From the week of May 19, 2024

Ecuador’s Country Risk Rises Amid Falling Oil Prices and Declining Presidential Popularity

Ecuador’s Country Risk Rises Amid Falling Oil Prices and Declining Presidential Popularity

There are four factors behind the increase in country risk over the past week and a half, culminating in a rise to 1,211 points on May 15th. Ecuador’s country risk has seen a notable increase in the last nine days, rising to 1,211 points on May 15, 2024. This uptick marks an increase of 97 […]

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Regional Energy Crisis Worsens as Mexico, Costa Rica, and Others Face Blackouts Amid Extreme Weather

Regional Energy Crisis Worsens as Mexico, Costa Rica, and Others Face Blackouts Amid Extreme Weather

Costa Rica began energy rationing on Monday, May 13th, while Mexico experienced blackouts two weeks ago due to excessive energy demand caused by a heat wave. The climatic factors contributing to the energy crisis in Ecuador, which led to power cuts starting April 16th and have recently been mitigated by improvements in hydroelectric plant flows, […]

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Be nice now, you need him

Be nice now, you need him

Well, it was bound to happen. Eventually Ecuadorians were going to revert to their inherent mistrust of government and punish Daniel Noboa by forcing his popularity poll numbers to plummet. Fools that they may be. Last week, a new poll came out giving Noboa only a 59% approval rating. That’s a 20-point drop from the […]

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Marriott Hotel to Be Built at Quito Airport with a $5 Million Investment

Marriott Hotel to Be Built at Quito Airport with a $5 Million Investment

A new Marriott hotel is set to be constructed at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador, with an investment of $5 million. It is expected to open in the first half of 2025. The announcement of the construction of a new Marriott Hotel at the Quito airport was made by Quiport Corporation and […]

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Update: President Noboa confirms that construction of a maximum-security prison will commence in Santa Elena in two weeks

Update to: Ecuador’s prison system finds itself at a critical juncture, marked by a significant overcrowding issue of 16.32% Published: Volume 8, Issue 29 In an interview, Noboa emphasized that this initiative is aimed at isolating inmates and relocating them from high-crime areas. The President of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, confirmed that the construction of the […]

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Verónica Abad, Vice President of Ecuador: “I Fear for My Life, Suffering an Attack”

Verónica Abad, Vice President of Ecuador: “I Fear for My Life, Suffering an Attack”

This week, in an interview from Tel Aviv with the Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS, Ecuador’s Vice President Verónica Abad claimed President Daniel Noboa behaves like an authoritarian president who does not respect the law. And that he does not want to turn over the position of President to her when he goes to campaign for […]

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Violent Gang Clashes Disrupt Daily Life and Displace Families in Puerto Bolívar

Violent Gang Clashes Disrupt Daily Life and Displace Families in Puerto Bolívar

The port parish of Puerto Bolívar, in Machala (El Oro), is under intervention by the Security Block following armed confrontations that have disrupted daily activities and forced families to flee. The city is among the top ten cities with the highest homicide rates in the world. In-person classes have been suspended, families temporarily displaced, businesses […]

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Update: Peru and the UN Extend Support to Ecuadorians in Mexico After Closure of Consulates

Update to: Ecuadorian Consular Services in Mexico to Cease Operations on May 16th Published: Volume 8, Issue 32 In response to the closure of consulates, Peru and the United Nations are stepping in to assist Ecuadorians in Mexico. Following the closure of Ecuadorian consulates in Mexico, 18 UN agency offices in Mexico are now available […]

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Volume 8, Issue 32

From the week of May 12, 2024

First Lady’s Olón Development Project Cancelled: Political Backlash and Environmental Concerns Force Company’s Hand

First Lady’s Olón Development Project Cancelled: Political Backlash and Environmental Concerns Force Company’s Hand

In an extensive and convoluted turn of events, the saga surrounding the Echo Olón 1 project, spearheaded by the Vinazin company, unfolded like a sprawling epic, encompassing political intrigue, environmental activism, legal entanglements, and familial ties to the highest echelons of power. The cancellation of the project, resulting in the loss of 2,783 potential job […]

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Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Faces Treason Charges Amid Diplomatic Crisis with Mexico

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Faces Treason Charges Amid Diplomatic Crisis with Mexico

Rafael Correa has appointed a lawyer in the investigation for ‘treason to the country’, and the Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the first proceedings. The complaint for treason was filed after comments made by Rafael Correa regarding the detention of Jorge Glas at the Mexican Embassy. Former President Rafael Correa, previously a “reported subject,” is now […]

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With delivery of new tax-exempt taxis Kia affirms it plans to stay in Ecuador

With delivery of new tax-exempt taxis Kia affirms it plans to stay in Ecuador

An agreement between the South Korean brand, the Ministry of Transportation, and Fedotaxis allows the Soluto model to be sold for $13,999 in that sector. Kia, a leading automotive brand, has recently made significant strides in the Ecuadorian market by delivering the first batch of exempt taxis, signaling its steadfast commitment to the country’s automotive […]

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El Niño phenomenon has been declared inactive in Ecuador; heavy rain predicted for late May

Update to: El Niño is weakening in Ecuador, though rainfall and extreme heat persist. Published: Volume 8, Issue 25 The Regional Committee responsible for monitoring this climatic situation, the ERFEN, determined that oceanographic conditions in the Ecuadorian sea are trending towards neutrality. “The effects of El Niño in Ecuador are minimal, prompting the Committee to […]

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Digging for dirt

Digging for dirt

Is it possible? Is the country finally in a period of relative calm? I mean, the electricity is back on, the Army continues to control the streets, oil is back up to $82 a barrel, and the biggest political battle last week was over the President’s wife wanting to develop a 5.6-acre piece of property […]

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Ecuadorian Consular Services in Mexico to Cease Operations on May 16th

Update to: Police raid Mexican embassy in Quito to apprehend Jorge Glas Published: Volume 8, Issue 27 According to an official statement from the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry, consulates in Mexico City and Monterrey will cease operations after May 15, 2024. As of May 16th, Ecuadorians in Mexico needing consular services must turn to offices in […]

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Government Mandates Electric Companies Refund 50% of April Bills, Effective May 29th

Update to: Minister of Energy Advocates for Legislation Empowering Private Companies in Electrical Supply Sector Published: Volume 8, Issue 31 Companies are instructed to adjust their systems, so users see the discount directly in their bills. This plan, initiated by the National Government, aims to assist citizens affected by recent power outages. President Daniel Noboa’s […]

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President Noboa has established a committee to execute the popular will regarding Yasuní ITT

President Noboa has established a committee to execute the popular will regarding Yasuní ITT

The Committee will be chaired by the highest authority of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. President Daniel Noboa decreed the creation of the Committee for the Execution of the Popular Will of the Yasuní ITT (CEVP Yasuní -ITT) with the purpose of complying with the popular will regarding the progressive and orderly withdrawal of […]

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Mining in Ecuador: Balancing Community Protests and Investment Needs

Mining in Ecuador: Balancing Community Protests and Investment Needs

The Las Pampas parish has emerged as a focal point for opposition to mining, causing division within affected municipalities. The day begins with the sounding of a siren, calling residents to the main square of Las Pampas, a small parish in the province of Cotopaxi. Three trucks, typically used for transporting livestock, await a group […]

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Volume 8, Issue 31

From the week of May 05, 2024

You f*#$%@ers

You f*#$%@ers

This week’s column will be the shortest I’ve written in more than eight years. Why? I have a virus. Not the flu. Not Covid-19. No, I have a computer virus. And just writing these short sentences is taking a long time. I’m not sure how I got the virus. I’m very careful. I don’t open […]

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National Assembly Passes Law Requiring Central Bank to Directly and Automatically Allocate Budget to Sectional Governments

National Assembly Passes Law Requiring Central Bank to Directly and Automatically Allocate Budget to Sectional Governments

With 106 affirmative votes from the legislators, the regulations have been approved. These regulations will now proceed to the national government for ratification or potential partial or total veto. Amidst a bustling atmosphere of laughter and applause, the approval of the reform bill signifies a significant boost to the decentralized autonomous governments (GAD). This bill […]

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‘Los Fatales’ Gang Forces Evictions in Ciudad Victoria, Prompting Police Operation: 13 Properties Restored to Owners, 10 Arrested

‘Los Fatales’ Gang Forces Evictions in Ciudad Victoria, Prompting Police Operation: 13 Properties Restored to Owners, 10 Arrested

After the murder of an older adult who refused to vacate his house, neighbors asked the police for help. At least 200 police officers arrived early this Wednesday, May 8th, at Ciudad Victoria, a housing project in the northwest of Guayaquil that, in recent years, has been occupied by members of criminal gangs that cause […]

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Controversial Real Estate Project in Olón: Understanding the Registration, Certificate, and Environmental License, and Ministry of the Environment Requirements

Controversial Real Estate Project in Olón: Understanding the Registration, Certificate, and Environmental License, and Ministry of the Environment Requirements

These permits, which are granted based on the environmental impact, play a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability and environmental responsibility of development projects, as outlined in the regulations of the Environmental Organic Code. The construction of a real estate project in the Olón commune has sparked significant concerns and protests among the local residents, […]

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Nene Case Update: Vice President’s Son Released from Prison

Update to: Vice President’s Son Posts $20,000 Bond to Secure Release from La Roca Published: Volume 8, Issue 29 Francisco Sebastián Barreiro, son of Vice President Verónica Abad, walked out of La Roca maximum security prison on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, almost a month after posting $20,000 bail. Now, he will be subject to alternative […]

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Analysis Uncovers Trends and Implications Behind Record Ecuadorian Emigration to the US in 2023

Analysis Uncovers Trends and Implications Behind Record Ecuadorian Emigration to the US in 2023

The primary destination for Ecuadorians who departed the country in 2023 was the United States, with over 76% stating their purpose as ‘tourism.’ Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) illustrates the progression of Ecuadorian migration, primarily towards the United States. In 2023, there was a noticeable trend of compatriots leaving the […]

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Kidnapped migrants, including Ecuadorians recused from Mexican border town

Update to: January Rescue Operation in Puebla, Mexico Saves 319 Ecuadorian Migrants Published: Volume 8, Issue 18 In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, municipal authorities rescued 140 migrants from three different nationalities, including Ecuadorians, who had been kidnapped. Municipal uniformed personnel successfully executed the rescue operation and apprehended four individuals. The rescue, reported on Saturday, May 4th, […]

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Volume 8, Issue 30

From the week of April 28, 2024

North American Tourist Fatally Shot in Manta Restaurant During Robbery Attempt

North American Tourist Fatally Shot in Manta Restaurant During Robbery Attempt

The victim had been planning to return to the United States in October.

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Who turned out the lights?

Who turned out the lights?

Let me start by saying that if you are a regular reader of this column, you have obviously gleaned from my writing that I am a huge supporter of Ecuador’s President, Daniel Noboa. I think that he was exactly the person that Ecuador needed to take it forward—a young, short on tenure politician who came […]

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President Noboa’s cabinet and management now rest on the shoulders of three ministers

President Noboa’s cabinet and management now rest on the shoulders of three ministers

The latest changes in the ministerial cabinet have placed the security and energy crises in the hands of Ministers Mónica Palencia, Michele Contugi, and Roberto Luque, along with the future of reforms stemming from the popular consultation.

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Controversy Brews Over Mayor’s Armored Car Purchase

Controversy Brews Over Mayor’s Armored Car Purchase

The Municipality of Cuenca recently made headlines with its acquisition of an armored vehicle for the exclusive use of Mayor Christian Zamora. The purchase, costing approximately $180,000, has stirred up a storm of controversy and raised questions about the allocation of public funds.

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Update: Cross-Border Power Reconnected: Ecuador and Colombia Restore Electricity Link

Update to: The contribution of hydroelectric plants is declining, and Colombia is reducing electricity sales to Ecuador Published: Volume 8, Issue 27 Ecuador and Colombia reestablished their power line, after a day of the connection being cut by the government of the neighboring country. This was announced by the Ministry of Energy, through its official […]

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Update: Ecuador’s Country Risk Drops with IMF Agreement

Update to: Country risk falls more than 900 points so far in 2024 Published: Volume 8, Issue 29 Following the news of Ecuador’s technical agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the country’s risk fell by 40 points, bringing the indicator to 1,119 points on April 25, 2024, down from 1,159 points on April 24. […]

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Volume 8, Issue 29

From the week of April 21, 2024

Assault on Passengers on Guayaquil to Cuenca Bus Route

Assault on Passengers on Guayaquil to Cuenca Bus Route

There have been 6 assaults on passenger vans in the last month. In a recent incident, 23 passengers traveling from Guayaquil to Cuenca fell victim to a robbery. The perpetrators, armed and using a truck, intercepted two buses en route to Cuenca. The assault occurred at approximately 05:40 on April 18, 2024, at kilometer 26 […]

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Country risk falls more than 900 points so far in 2024

Country risk falls more than 900 points so far in 2024

Ecuador’s country risk is approaching the level before the 2023 sectional and political crisis. The IMF confirmed progress towards an agreement, and there is a better price for crude oil. Ecuador’s country risk has been declining. It is at 1,141 points as of April 18th, having dropped more than 900 points so far in 2024 […]

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Ecuador’s prison system finds itself at a critical juncture, marked by a significant overcrowding issue of 16.32%

Ecuador’s prison system finds itself at a critical juncture, marked by a significant overcrowding issue of 16.32%

In an effort to mitigate this pressing concern, the National Service for Persons Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI,) has outlined comprehensive plans aimed at addressing the root causes of overcrowding and enhancing the overall efficacy of the prison system. At the forefront of these initiatives is the proposal to construct two maximum security […]

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Ecuadorian Government Targets Mexican Drug Trafficker and Colombian Guerrilla Leader in Crime Crackdown

Ecuadorian Government Targets Mexican Drug Trafficker and Colombian Guerrilla Leader in Crime Crackdown

Ismael Zambada, known as ‘El Mayo,’ and Giovanny Rojas, alias ‘Araña,’ have emerged as the prime focus of Ecuador’s anti-crime efforts, according to government sources. Since the eruption of a security crisis in early 2021, both domestic and international experts have consistently pointed to the pervasive influence of international drug syndicates as the chief instigators […]

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Well done Ecuador

Well done Ecuador

Congratulations to the Ecuadorian people for taking democracy into their hands and voting YES on 9 of the 11 questions on Sunday’s Popular Consultation. And congratulations to President Noboa for bringing forth to the people, exactly what the needed and wanted. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to the voting, I’ll share […]

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IMF poised to provide a $3 Billion Loan to Ecuador, Investors Take Notice

IMF poised to provide a $3 Billion Loan to Ecuador, Investors Take Notice

Negotiations between Ecuador and the IMF are nearly finished, and all signs point to a $3 billion lifeline for the country. Ecuador found itself at a pivotal juncture, poised on the cusp of a significant agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a pact that could potentially reshape its economic landscape. Amidst the backdrop of […]

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Jaguar Case: Narco-criminal organization lured police officers into aiding their evasion tactics

Jaguar Case: Narco-criminal organization lured police officers into aiding their evasion tactics

Ten police officers arrested as part of syndicate of organized crime. The involvement of police officers in aiding a narco-criminal organization to dodge law enforcement authorities was unearthed in a significant operation dubbed “Jaguar,” which unfolded on Thursday, April 18th. This operation, spearheaded by the Prosecutor’s Office, culminated in the apprehension of 14 individuals, with […]

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Update: Vice President’s Son Posts $20,000 Bond to Secure Release from La Roca

Update to:  Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case Published: Volume 8, Issue 25 Judge María Fernanda Castro approved Barreiro’s request, suspending his preventive detention during a hearing held on April 11, 2024. Sebastián Barreiro, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, faces charges of allegedly offering to traffic influence in […]

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Volume 8, Issue 28

From the week of April 14, 2024

“We come to the call because we want to serve the country:” Massive turnout for military retraining

“We come to the call because we want to serve the country:” Massive turnout for military retraining

Long lines formed outside Huancavilca Military Fort starting at 07:00 this Saturday. Deivis Campaña traveled from Valencia on Friday night to reach Huancavilca Military Fort on the road to Daule, aiming to secure a spot in the Fortaleza 2024 military retraining program. Like him, hundreds of reservists, who completed their training between 1984 and 2003, […]

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Recent Developments in the National Assembly of Ecuador

Recent Developments in the National Assembly of Ecuador

The National Assembly of Ecuador has seen significant shifts in its composition and the political landscape following 150 days of the current legislative session. These changes are marked by high-profile incidents, including legislative decisions favoring the executive branch and a contentious raid on the Mexican Embassy in Quito, which concluded with the detention of former […]

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Could we be so lucky?

Could we be so lucky?

I’m knocked down and drug out this week. I’ve got the flu. Believe it or not it is the first time in my 10 years of living here that I have gotten sick with anything; a cold, the flu, food poisoning, I mean anything. So, I really don’t have the energy to say much, except […]

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Surge in Remittances from Ecuador to Mexico Amidst Socioeconomic Challenges and Diplomatic Tensions

Surge in Remittances from Ecuador to Mexico Amidst Socioeconomic Challenges and Diplomatic Tensions

Mexico is the second-most popular destination for remittances sent from Ecuador, serving as a crucial financial lifeline for migrants aiming to reach the United States. Before the year 2018, the annual remittances sent to Mexico rarely exceeded $10 million. This figure saw a significant increase, thereafter, doubling in size and then experiencing a remarkable growth […]

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Update: Chilean Airline Sky Cleared for Takeoff in Ecuador with New Domestic and International Routes

Update to: 2024 Aeronautical Optimism Surges with Low-Cost Airline, Expanded Routes to Panama and Madrid Published: Volume 8, Issue 14 Chilean carrier Sky Airline has been granted authorization to commence operations in Ecuador, with plans to begin by the end of 2024, as announced by Roberto Luque, the Ecuadorian Minister of Public Works and Transportation. […]

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The 10 Most Scandalous Revelations of the Metastasis Case at the Close of the Investigation

The 10 Most Scandalous Revelations of the Metastasis Case at the Close of the Investigation

After 120 days, the investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office in the Metastasis case has concluded. During this period, several revelations have shaken the country. On December 14, 2023, the political and judicial landscape in Ecuador changed. The uncovering of the Metastasis case impacted all spheres of the country, bringing to light the corrupt management of […]

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Update: Ecuador’s Country Risk Sees Minor Increase Following Diplomatic Issue with Mexico

Update to: The country risk has declined to 1,180 points, attributed to the visit of an IMF mission to Ecuador and the surge in crude oil prices Published: Volume 8, Issue 27 Ecuador’s country risk indicator, which assesses the probability of the nation defaulting on its external debt, recorded a slight increase amid a recent […]

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Volume 8, Issue 27

From the week of April 07, 2024

Police raid Mexican embassy in Quito to apprehend Jorge Glas

Police raid Mexican embassy in Quito to apprehend Jorge Glas

The events that unfolded on the night of Friday, April 5th, resulted in a breakdown in relations between both countries. The raid by Ecuadorian police officers on the Mexican Embassy in Quito has brought the country into the international spotlight. On Friday, April 5th, uniformed officers entered the diplomatic headquarters to arrest the former vice […]

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Broken Glas

Broken Glas

I’m going to say it right now so there is no confusion on where I stand: I am behind Noboa and his decision to raid the Mexican embassy to arrest Jorge David Glas Espinel, the corrupt former Vice President of Ecuador. Now, would I have done it, or would I have recommended he do it […]

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Ecuadorian migrants sent over $5.4 billion back to the country in 2023

Ecuadorian migrants sent over $5.4 billion back to the country in 2023

This record number reflects the new wave of migration that has surged following the COVID-19 pandemic. Between 2021 and 2023, a total of 351,966 Ecuadorians are registered as having left the national borders and not returned. This number surpasses the 183,307 individuals who left and did not return during the period of 2014-2019, prior to […]

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Search for missing climbers on Cayambe halted due to weather conditions

Search for missing climbers on Cayambe halted due to weather conditions

The three climbers were seen falling into a crevasse on Friday morning. Firefighters have temporarily halted their search efforts for the missing climbers who found themselves trapped by a landslide just meters away from the summit of the Cayambe volcano. The incident, which occurred amidst the rugged terrain of the Santa Bárbara crevasse at approximately […]

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Update: Eleven Ecuadorian migrants were traveling in a vehicle that crashed on the Chihuahua-Ciudad Juárez highway in Mexico

Update to: Tragic Bus Accident in Mexico Leaves Two Dead and 19 Injured, Including Ecuadorian migrants Published: Volume 7, Issue 52 The incident, which occurred at noon on Thursday, April 4th, at kilometer 110, resulted in one Ecuadorian individual being transported by helicopter to the Salvador Zubirán General Hospital to receive medical care. The 41-year-old […]

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Update: The country risk has declined to 1,180 points, attributed to the visit of an IMF mission to Ecuador and the surge in crude oil prices

Update to: Ecuador’s country risk drops 130 points in one week Published: Volume 8, Issue 23 As of April 4, 2024, Ecuador’s country risk stands at 1,180 points, marking a decrease of 53 points since March 31. This reduction is observed amidst negotiations for a new agreement with the IMF. This figure represents the lowest […]

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Volume 8, Issue 26

From the week of March 31, 2024

Ecuadorians aspiring to migrate have their sights set on the United States

Ecuadorians aspiring to migrate have their sights set on the United States

On a national scale, the survey reveals that 42% of respondents are seriously considering leaving the country.

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Where are you all?

Where are you all?

I’m taking a break from my column this week, but I wanted to leave you with a column I wrote back in August of 2017 (Volume 2, Issue 17). Why this? And why now? Well, because the results of the recent census say that Cuenca has 5,000 expats. So….. It seems like every day Codie […]

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“It looked like scabies, and it hurt as if my stomach had been hit,” says a woman who contracted dengue

“It looked like scabies, and it hurt as if my stomach had been hit,” says a woman who contracted dengue

There are 13,075 cases of dengue reported in Ecuador in 2024. Deaths reached fifteen as of March 16, almost half of the 33 deaths in all of 2023.

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Growing Indigenous Resistance Against Mining Projects in Ecuador

Growing Indigenous Resistance Against Mining Projects in Ecuador

Governments are actively promoting foreign investment in mining, resulting in substantial exports totaling $3.324 billion between January and December 2023.

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Prosecutor Salazar Confronts New Attack from Ronny Aleaga: “They Will Not Distract Us”

Prosecutor Salazar Confronts New Attack from Ronny Aleaga: “They Will Not Distract Us”

Ronny Aleaga’s recent video announcement, pledging to expose chats with prosecutor Diana Salazar, has drawn swift response from the Prosecutor’s Office, labeling it a “new smear campaign.”

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Update: The Central Bank forecasts a 1% growth for the Ecuadorian economy in 2024, reflecting decreased consumption among Ecuadorian families and a reduction in government spending

Update to: Growth of Ecuadorian economy expected to be minimal in 2023 Published: Volume 7, Issue 14 According to the Central Bank’s latest projection dated March 28, 2024, Ecuador’s economy is expected to grow by 1% this year, attributed to decreased household and government expenditures. This growth is a decline compared to the 2.4% positive […]

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Update: Nene Case: Hearing Scheduled for Francisco Sebastián BA’s Preventive Detention Appeal on April 3

Update to: Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case Published: Volume 8, Issue 25 Francisco Sebastián BA, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, is currently held in La Roca prison in Guayaquil, considered a maximum-security facility. The First Court of the Specialized Criminal Chamber for the Judgment of Crimes related […]

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Volume 8, Issue 25

From the week of March 24, 2024

A Galapagos forest is in danger of extinction from invasive plant species

A Galapagos forest is in danger of extinction from invasive plant species

The results of a recent study underscore the vital role of controlling invasive plants in preserving this unique forest ecosystem. A recent study conducted by scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), has raised alarm about the escalating threat posed by invasive plant species to the […]

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Conaie warns of possible indigenous uprising against mining

Conaie warns of possible indigenous uprising against mining

The indigenous movement will carry out a solidarity strike in Cotopaxi on Wednesday and demand that the Assembly investigate the family of President Daniel Noboa. Conaie has declared itself in permanent assemblies to remain vigilant regarding the potential for an indigenous uprising against mining. The indigenous movement is set to conduct a solidarity strike in […]

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Justice is starting to go blind

Justice is starting to go blind

Okay, if you haven’t done it yet, read these two stories in today’s Dispatch before you read this column: “ Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case “They are pressuring me to resign so they can remove me from office,” denounced Verónica Abad, Vice President of the Republic. Okay, now, one […]

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In Tungurahua and Cotopaxi, 17,000 farmers teeter on the brink of bankruptcy

In Tungurahua and Cotopaxi, 17,000 farmers teeter on the brink of bankruptcy

A landslide, caused by severe drought, demolished the water collection system in the Latacunga-Salcedo-Ambato irrigation canal, which provides water to farmers in three cantons in the central region of the country. In the northern area of Ambato (Tungurahua), as well as in Salcedo and Latacunga (Cotopaxi), over 17,000 vegetable producers are in despair due to […]

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President Noboa Signs Declarations Upholding Press Freedom in Ecuador

President Noboa Signs Declarations Upholding Press Freedom in Ecuador

Delegation of the Inter-American Press Association suggested to the president to strengthen the protection mechanism for journalists in Ecuador. During a significant meeting with representatives of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), President Daniel Noboa of Ecuador demonstrated his commitment to press freedom by signing the Chapultepec and Salta declarations. This event, which unfolded on March […]

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Mining Chamber says, “The country cannot be subject to the opinion of a political actor, like Iza”

Mining Chamber says, “The country cannot be subject to the opinion of a political actor, like Iza”

María Eulalia Silva, President of the Chamber of Mining, rebuffed Leonidas Iza’s calls for protests against mining and elucidated the ongoing environmental consultation process for the La Plata mining project in Cotopaxi. Amid resistance from anti-mining factions, the Ministry of the Environment initiated the informational phase of the environmental consultation for the La Plata mining […]

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Update: El Niño is weakening in Ecuador, though rainfall and extreme heat persist.

Update to: El Niño Weakens, Making Way for La Niña: Ecuador Prepares for Weather Fluctuations Published: Volume 8, Issue 24 According to forecasts from the Erfen Committee, rains and extreme temperatures will persist in Ecuador until March 31, 2024. On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the National Committee monitoring the El Niño phenomenon released a new […]

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 Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case

 Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case

The Prosecutor’s Office is pursuing Francisco Barreiro, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, on charges of alleged influence peddling. On Friday, March 22, 2024, Judge María Fernanda Castro ordered Francisco Sebastián Barreiro, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, to be held in preventive detention amid investigations into the Nene case. Barreiro, detained in […]

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Volume 8, Issue 24

From the week of March 17, 2024

“It is a country of opportunities, without crime,” says an Ecuadorian migrant in New York.

“It is a country of opportunities, without crime,” says an Ecuadorian migrant in New York.

An old New York airfield located “in the middle of nowhere” is the camp that houses dozens of Ecuadorian migrants seeking asylum. Gusts of polar wind sweep across the runways of an old, disused New York airfield. It is the “middle of nowhere” that houses some 1,800 migrants, including Ecuadorians, who have become a symbol […]

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Causes for hope

Causes for hope

Before I compose this column each week, I take a sneak peek at the upcoming articles set for publication. It’s my routine to fashion my column around a central theme, drawing inspiration from one of the standout stories. Usually, it’s a smooth process, as one story often shines brighter than the rest. But this week, […]

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El Niño Weakens, Making Way for La Niña: Ecuador Prepares for Weather Fluctuations

El Niño Weakens, Making Way for La Niña: Ecuador Prepares for Weather Fluctuations

April may bring an end to El Nino conditions and an influx of La Nina conditions by mid-year. The El Niño phenomenon, which has dominated weather patterns in recent months, is now in decline, according to Frigate Captain Luis Morales, General Coordinator of Oceanographic Affairs of the Oceanographic and Antarctic Institute of the Ecuadorian Navy […]

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Metastasis case investigation is completed, preparatory hearing being scheduled

Metastasis case investigation is completed, preparatory hearing being scheduled

The Metastasis case has completed its investigation phase, highlighting a complex web of legal entanglements involving 52 individuals. April 13th marked the culmination of 120 days since the inception of the investigation phase. At this juncture, the Attorney General, Diana Salazar, is tasked with petitioning the National Court of Justice for the scheduling of the […]

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Iza says Conaie will push for ‘NO’ vote for popular consultation, accuses Noboa of trying to break up indigenous movement

Iza says Conaie will push for ‘NO’ vote for popular consultation, accuses Noboa of trying to break up indigenous movement

Conaie, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, has taken a firm stance against the upcoming referendum and popular consultation initiated by President Daniel Noboa’s government, slated for April 21st. The expanded council of Conaie, comprising representatives from fifteen indigenous nationalities, articulated their reasons for advocating a ‘No’ vote on all eleven questions posed in […]

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Volume 8, Issue 23

From the week of March 10, 2024

Update: Tragedy Strikes: Three Ecuadorian Migrants Murdered in Chiapas, Mexico

Update to: Ecuadorian Child Fatally Wounded in Sonora, Mexico Migrant Assault Published: Volume 8, Issue 20 According to a report from the organization 1-800 Migrante released last Friday, each of the victims were from Guayaquil. This tragic event marks another grim chapter in the plight of Ecuadorian migrants in Mexico, with three compatriots falling victim […]

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Government Vows to Maintain Military Presence in Prisons Amid Ongoing Purge

Government Vows to Maintain Military Presence in Prisons Amid Ongoing Purge

In a resolute stance on prison security, Vice Minister of Government emphasized the enduring presence of the military in Ecuador’s penitentiary centers. Speaking in a recent interview, Vice Minister of Government Esteban Torres assured the public that the government would not withdraw military support from prisons, underscoring the ongoing commitment to what he termed as […]

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If only…

If only…

So, in this issue, we’ve got a rundown on the ongoing corruption prosecutions in Ecuador, namely the Metastasis and Purge cases. And I, for one, am downright ecstatic about it! At long last, we’ve got two branches of government—Justice and Executive—that are dead set on rooting out corruption wherever it rears its ugly head. Admittedly, […]

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Update: Ecuador’s country risk drops 130 points in one week

Update to: Country risk below 1,500 points Published: Volume 8, Issue 21 Ecuador’s country risk dropped by 130 points in just one week, closing at 1,290 on March 6, 2024. This significant decrease from the previous mark of 1,420 on February 29th reflects market optimism sparked by Ecuador’s efforts to secure a credit agreement with […]

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Navigating the Dynamic Terrain of Ecuador’s Low-Cost Aviation Market

Navigating the Dynamic Terrain of Ecuador’s Low-Cost Aviation Market

The aviation landscape in Ecuador’s ‘low-cost’ market showcases a dynamic of arrivals and departures, reflecting a sector that is yet to fully consolidate. Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito recently welcomed JetSmart on March 6th, 2024. However, this arrival coincides with the impending departure of another ‘low-cost’ carrier, Wingo, in April. JetSmart, a Chilean airline […]

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Update: Security Measures Yield Significant Decrease in Violent Deaths, State of Emergency Continues

Update to: Sharp Decline in Violent Deaths Marks Ecuador’s Struggle Against Internal Armed Conflict Published: Volume 8, Issue 18 During the state of emergency in Ecuador, there has been a significant reduction in violent deaths, with more than a 45% decrease. The national government has extended this regime for another 30 days. As of March […]

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President of Guayas Court Resigns Amid Corruption Allegations as Purge Investigation Triggers Judicial Crisis

President of Guayas Court Resigns Amid Corruption Allegations as Purge Investigation Triggers Judicial Crisis

The recent arrests of seven Guayas judges on charges of organized crime have plunged the court into a state of chaos, compounded by González’s resignation. In a seismic upheaval within the judicial echelons of Guayas, Hugo González, who had recently ascended to the presidency of the Court of Justice, tendered his irrevocable resignation on the […]

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Volume 8, Issue 22

From the week of March 02, 2024

Ecuador’s Oil Sector Faces Challenges Amid Controversy and Decline

Ecuador’s Oil Sector Faces Challenges Amid Controversy and Decline

Amid a controversy over alleged data manipulation, oil production declines. The sector’s future remains uncertain.

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Hi, call me Polly

Hi, call me Polly

Recently, I took a moment to revisit some of my earlier columns, the oldest coming from seven years ago. And one word struck me: Pollyanna! Back then, even though I’d already spent two years here by that point, I was positively enamored with Ecuador. I focused solely on the positives, conveniently overlooking the negatives. And […]

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Prosecutor Diana Salazar Warns of State Infiltration by Organized Crime

Prosecutor Diana Salazar Warns of State Infiltration by Organized Crime

Salazar refuses to back down in pursuing prosecutions even in the face of constant death threats.

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Daniel Noboa Achieves Historic High in Presidential Approval for Ecuador

Daniel Noboa Achieves Historic High in Presidential Approval for Ecuador

In addition to Noboa’s impressive 81% approval rating, over 60% of Ecuadorian citizens believe that the Popular Consultation will effectively address issues of insecurity and organized crime.

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Judicial Controversy Surrounds Noboa’s Declaration of Armed Internal Conflict

Judicial Controversy Surrounds Noboa’s Declaration of Armed Internal Conflict

Amidst a tumultuous debate, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador found itself grappling with the thorny issue of justifying the classification of an “internal armed conflict” as declared by President Daniel Noboa.

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Ecuador’s Fuel Market Shifts with VAT Hike and Subsidy Reform Effects

Ecuador’s Fuel Market Shifts with VAT Hike and Subsidy Reform Effects

The upcoming VAT increase is expected to have minimal impact on drivers. However, proposed changes to fuel subsidies may raise concerns among the majority of Ecuadorians.

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Minister of Telecommunications Sets Sights on 5G for Ecuador

Minister of Telecommunications Sets Sights on 5G for Ecuador

Minister of Telecommunications César Martín has set forth an ambitious vision for Ecuador’s telecommunications landscape, suggesting that the country could see the advent of 5G technology as early as 2025.

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Volume 8, Issue 21

From the week of February 25, 2024

New Air Routes on the Horizon for Ecuador Amidst Regulatory Updates

New Air Routes on the Horizon for Ecuador Amidst Regulatory Updates

Ecuador’s aviation sector is poised for expansion in 2024 with the introduction of new local air routes, accompanied by regulatory updates aimed at enhancing user protection and industry competitiveness. As the Ministry of Tourism gears up for these developments, stakeholders anticipate significant growth and improved services for travelers.

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Government Braces for Oil Production Plunge with ITT Closure and Investment Stagnation

Government Braces for Oil Production Plunge with ITT Closure and Investment Stagnation

Ecuador’s oil production faces a significant setback as the closure of the ITT oil field looms, bringing production levels back to those seen in 2003.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty upbeat about Ecuador’s direction. We’re seeing a drop in crime, a significant decrease of over 50% in murders, and even a noteworthy 500-point dip in the country’s risk-rating since Noboa’s tenure began. But I’ve got to admit, the stories I read in this week’s issue have left me somewhat uneasy. […]

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Update: Country risk below 1,500 points

The country’s indicator stands at 1,498 points, marking the lowest level during Daniel Noboa’s three-month tenure as the head of government.

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2024 Budget Proforma Reveals Noboa’s Challenge: Securing Billions in New Loans

2024 Budget Proforma Reveals Noboa’s Challenge: Securing Billions in New Loans

The government’s loan requirement for 2024 stands at $10.992 billion, representing a $3.415 billion increase from the previous year’s planned amount.

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Russia-Ecuador Diplomatic Tensions Dissipate as New Opportunities Emerge

Russia-Ecuador Diplomatic Tensions Dissipate as New Opportunities Emerge

Following three weeks of strained diplomatic relations, the discord between Russia and Ecuador has finally subsided, marking the beginning of a new phase in their interactions. The government of Vladimir Putin now seeks to revive dormant projects with Ecuador, putting aside recent disagreements.

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Volume 8, Issue 20

From the week of February 18, 2024

Former Prison Guard Finds Perilous Path to Freedom

Former Prison Guard Finds Perilous Path to Freedom

In the shadow of uncertainty and danger, Rodrigo, a former prison guard in Ecuador, reflects on his harrowing journey to the United States. As he recounts his tale, the stark realities of the Ecuadorian migration crisis come into sharp focus, revealing a landscape marred by violence, exploitation, and despair.

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Russian Delegation to Inspect Ecuadorian Banana Farms Following Resumption of Exports

Russian Delegation to Inspect Ecuadorian Banana Farms Following Resumption of Exports

Both administrations maintain that the halt in banana imports to Russia was unrelated to Ecuador’s proposed sale of Russian weapons to the USA as ‘scrap metal.’ Nevertheless, the underlying matter of the weapons transfer remained discernible.

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Ecuador’s Improved Energy Outlook

Ecuador’s Improved Energy Outlook

Although the necessity for blackouts has ceased, Cenace cautions that the forthcoming dry season could entail diminished rainfall and potentially extend for a longer duration. Such conditions might once more necessitate the implementation of blackouts.

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Peaceful Times

Peaceful Times

Now that carnival is over, we can return to our regular routines! Amongst the cacophony of noise, bustling traffic, and the merry revelers, one aspect stands out to me. Despite tens of thousands of Ecuadorians traversing the country in search of the ultimate party spot, and hundreds of thousands more celebrating in their hometowns, there […]

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Ecuador’s National Development Plan Receives Unanimous Approval, Pledges $1.6 Billion Investment

Ecuador’s National Development Plan Receives Unanimous Approval, Pledges $1.6 Billion Investment

The ambitious development plan’s realization hinges on the National Assembly’s approval of the Annual Investment Plan.Top of Form

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Ecuadorians’ Exodus to Mexico Surges by 220% in 2023

Ecuadorians’ Exodus to Mexico Surges by 220% in 2023

The migration landscape in Mexico is witnessing unprecedented shifts as irregular migration, particularly among Ecuadorians, experiences a significant surge.

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Update: Ecuador’s 2022 Census Unveils 425,045 Immigrants from 189 Countries”

 Among these immigrants, the largest populations hail from Venezuela, Colombia, Spain, and Peru, with Americans comprising a smaller portion at 14,424.

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Update: Ecuadorian Child Fatally Wounded in Sonora, Mexico Migrant Assault

Update to: An Astonishing 2,898 Children from Ecuador Held at US-Mexico Border” Published: Volume 8, Issue 5 An Ecuadorian child tragically lost their life in Sonora, Mexico, following a heinous armed attack targeting migrants. Reports from Mexican media detail the harrowing incident wherein an armed gang assaulted two trucks transporting migrants, resulting in 10 individuals […]

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President Daniel Noboa of Ecuador Bolsters Diplomatic Ties with the United States

President Daniel Noboa of Ecuador Bolsters Diplomatic Ties with the United States

In a bid to strengthen international cooperation, President Daniel Noboa of Ecuador embarked on a significant diplomatic mission, cementing ties with the United States during a crucial meeting in Guayaquil. The encounter, shrouded in secrecy, unfolded behind closed doors, leaving much speculation but little concrete detail about the discussions that transpired.

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Volume 8, Issue 18

From the week of February 04, 2024

Noboa Government Explores Merger of 19 Public Entities to Trim Bureaucratic Spending

Noboa Government Explores Merger of 19 Public Entities to Trim Bureaucratic Spending

Critics believe more could be closed with even more savings achieved.

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Raise the VAT

Raise the VAT

Last week, I laid it out for you—I’m a card-carrying liberal, hailing from Kennedy country. My political awakening happened when I was six, when Nixon ran for his first term. Before that I didn’t even realize there were different parties. Now, let’s delve into the debate over President Noboa’s proposal to bump up the VAT […]

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$273 Million Payment on External Debt Bonds Eases Market Concerns

$273 Million Payment on External Debt Bonds Eases Market Concerns

Ecuador successfully averted a default by disbursing $273 million to cover three interest coupons on foreign debt bonds, a crucial move by the Noboa Government to maintain financial stability. This payment, confirmed by the Ministry of Finance on February 1, 2024, was essential as the coupons were due by January 31, 2024. These coupons pertain […]

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Update: January Rescue Operation in Puebla, Mexico Saves 319 Ecuadorian Migrants

Update to: Rising Remittances Shed Light on Kidnapping Crisis Faced by Ecuadorian Migrants Published: Volume 8, Issue 16 In January 2024, Mexican immigration authorities conducted multiple operations in Puebla, rescuing a total of 2,501 migrants, with 319 of them being Ecuadorians. The National Migration Institute of Mexico (INM) disclosed on February 2nd that these rescued […]

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Update: Euthanasia Decriminalization Plea Advances to Crucial Phase in Constitutional Court

Update to: Legal battle surrounding euthanasia case takes step forward as Court sets a date for hearing Published: Volume 8, issue 6 The pivotal phase of the plea to decriminalize euthanasia in Ecuador, brought forth by Paola Roldán, a victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has reached a crucial juncture in the Constitutional Court. On February […]

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Update: The number of detainees for crimes ‘related to’ terrorism increases by 25%

Update to: Fénix Plan Leads to 237 Arrests for Terrorism and Over 4,000 Arrest for Other Crimes Published: Volume 8, Issue 17 The number of people detained for terrorism-related crimes has gone up. The National Police and Armed Forces shared their report on the outcomes since the start of the Internal Armed Conflict. As of […]

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Government Faces Financial Crisis with $419 Million in Late Payments, Struggles to Fund Salaries

Government Faces Financial Crisis with $419 Million in Late Payments, Struggles to Fund Salaries

The Lasso Government accumulated unpaid balances of $3.584 billion, marking a twofold increase compared to the arrears in the 2022 State Budget.

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Unitary Workers’ Front Organizes Protests Against Proposed VAT Hike at the National Assembly

Unitary Workers’ Front Organizes Protests Against Proposed VAT Hike at the National Assembly

The Unitary Workers’ Front (FUT) has declared a state of permanent mobilization following its national convention on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

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Ecuador Seeks Diplomatic Resolution Amidst Russia’s Concerns Over Agricultural Exports

Ecuador Seeks Diplomatic Resolution Amidst Russia’s Concerns Over Agricultural Exports

In a recent turn of events, Ecuador faces challenges with its key agricultural exports to Russia, as the Russian phytosanitary service urges the suspension of certification for both bananas and carnations, citing health risks associated with the “humpback fly” and the presence of flowering thrips.

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