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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
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 […]
Between January and June 2021 there were 68 femicides in Ecuador according to civil society organizations. In the same period of 2020, there were 53
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) has developed a new format for its COVID-19 Infographics that is supposed to be published daily through official channels. In this new format it has changed the way it records deaths from COVID-19, it has eliminated the number of...
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 […]
Despite the economic losses due to the pandemic, inhabitants are betting on small and even improvised businesses to get ahead.
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 […]
Volume 5, Issue 41
From the week of July 18, 2021
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...
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 […]
A new report from Amazon Watch and Stand.earth says that entities that finance oil extraction continue to fail to take sufficient action.
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 […]
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 […]
COVID-19 has not stopped the departure of Ecuadorians who are looking for a better future in the US and who pay coyoteros up to $15,000
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 […]
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
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 […]
Volume 5, Issue 40
From the week of July 11, 2021
We’ve been having work done on our little guest house. And by little, I mean about 300 square feet. So, nothing to brag about. But I can say that it is finally a house. When we bought our property, the little house was even littler, about 200 square feet. And the walls were not really […]
The Ministry of Public Health reported 1,077 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 nationwide : 650 remain stable and 427 with a reserved prognosis. The Ministry has not updated the hospitalization figures in the last nine days. In a statement, he explained that they are restructuring the information system. Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated […]
In a sign of the economic times and the frustration with commodity prices, rice farmers from different towns in Guayas protested Monday morning on various roads in the province. The farmers were demanding the attention of the national government to various requests...
The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office has opened preliminary proceedings against the far-right presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori for a “crime against the right to vote in the form of disruption or impediment to the electoral process.” Fujimori has other open cases for corruption and irregular financing of her campaign. The investigation is based on the presentation of 760 […]
The new oil policy, proposed by the government of Guillermo Lasso, through decree 95, proposes a renegotiation and free and voluntary migration of the current Service contracts to Participation contracts and opens the debate on the legal channels and the possible interest that it could generate in some oil companies to accept the changes. According to the proposal, the new Participation contract (which […]
Leonidas Iza Salazar, the new president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) stresses that his first mission is to promote the resolutions of the groups of the movement, especially, to seek dialogue with the President of the Republic, Guillermo Lasso, and that the executive decrees that allowed the release of fuel prices be repealed. He […]
President Guillermo Lasso signed a decree to reduce by 50% the value of the consumption of the basic Internet plan and mobile telephony for the elderly. The so-called 'Senior Plan' will benefit 1.3 million people over 65 years of age. Minister of Telecommunications...
Bank profits showed an improvement in the first half of 2021 compared to the results obtained in the first six months of the previous year. Thru last June, the country’s large banks made about $107 million in profits; medium banks, about $68 million and small ones lost $2.42 million. The net income of the banking system […]
Following the tragedy that happened on June 24th in Miami, Florida when a high-rise condominium building collapsed, experts are saying that the use of low-quality materials, the lack of controls, structural problems or using the buildings for a purpose other than that...
Antigen test no longer allowed for entry into Ecuador, passengers traveling thru or from Brazil or India must quarantine for 10 days
All travelers whose point of origin, stopover or transit is India or Brazil, must now present a negative result of a PCR test carried out 72 hours before embarking to Ecuador. And, even with a negative test result, they must go into isolation for ten (10) days and report if they have symptoms compatible with Covid-19. This is a […]
Volume 5, Issue 39
From the week of July 4, 2021
The bilateral relationship between Ecuador and the United States will be further strengthened under the current government of Guillermo Lasso, says Michael Fitzpatrick, US ambassador to the country. He says that the dialogues will be deepened to close a commercial agreement and that agreements to improve drug trafficking control are also a priority. Fitzpatrick adds that they […]
Scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM), the Animal Health Research Center (INIA-CISA), the Complutense University, and the European University of Madrid, together with technicians from...
Update to: Aeroregional will begin commercial flights between Quito-Cuenca-Guayaquil Published: Volume 3, Issue 45 Aeroregional will relaunch the Cuenca-Quito route starting Friday, July 9th Aeroregional airline confirmed, through its social networks, that starting Friday, July 9th, it will offer the Cuenca-Quito and Quito-Cuenca flights. The price of round-trip ticket will be $160, which includes taxes and fees. Passengers may carry, free […]
Chinese fishing boats approaching Galapagos: what’s being done, what species they endanger and who comprises the fleet
The Más Galapagos collective alerted, on the morning of June 29th, that—through the Global Fishing Watch platform—it detected the arrival of the first Chinese-flagged fishing boat in the vicinity of Galapagos. This vessel is the first of the nearly 300 that make up...
Ecuador had a negative annual growth of its economy in the first quarter of 2021. The result was -5.6%. This negative result, which compares the growth obtained in the first quarter of 2020 (the last almost normal quarter before the pandemic) with the first quarter of...
New Deaths Fall Significantly, ICU And Hospitalized Patients Drops, But New Cases Rise In 15 Provinces
With caution, we are happy to report that there were some very positive changes over the last week. However, there are two indicators that still raise concern and may mean a worsening of the situation in the coming week. First, the good news. New Covid-19 deaths fell by 40% this week, going from 230 […]
Sometimes I just have nothing to say. When it happens, it reminds me of Andy Rooney. He used to do his opinion piece at the end of every 60 Minutes episode. And one episode in particular stands out to me, the piece he did on a paper clip. I mean, he REALLY had nothing to […]
Last Monday, the Constitutional Court sent the notice to the Assembly to endorse and send the Reform Law to the Tax Code to the Official Registry
The 58-year-old and was elected by an absolute majority. The 155 candidates who will draft the new Constitution of Chile this Sunday elected Elisa Loncon, an indigenous woman, to preside over the body that will create the new fundamental law, which will replace the current one, inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Loncon […]
Volume 5, Issue 38
From the week of June 27, 2021
A little over a week ago, work began to build the largest bicycle lane network that Cuenca will have, and comments for and against how the project is conceived and how it has been applied continue to be generated from various sectors. In the first instance, those who...
It took then-president Jamil Mahuad Witt, and his team, almost five months to assemble a stable three-legged platform, solid enough to give the exchange system and announce the dollarization of the Ecuadorian economy, on January 9, 2000. This is how he relates it in his book How We Dollarize Ecuador. Memories of a historical success in Latin […]
Update to: Companies and workers propose five ways out of unemployment in Ecuador Published: Volume 4, issue 45 With 6.3%, May had the highest unemployment rate of the year May was the worst month of the year in terms of unemployment in Ecuador. This indicator stood at 6.3%, a higher figure than that registered in January […]
Rate Of New Cases Increases, Deaths Fall, Hospitaliztions Increase, But Icu Occupancies Are Falling And Vaccinations Are Increasing
Not surprisingly, as we get farther out from the lifting of national restrictions, some of the numbers we follow have been getting worse. This week we saw an increase in the percent of tests returning positive, an increase in the percentage of new cases, and an increase in the number of hospitalized patients. On a […]
A World Bank report estimates that 4.7 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are no longer in the middle class The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic caused 4.7 million people from the middle class to move into vulnerability or poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new World Bank report, “The Gradual […]
108° in Portland? Really? Hottest day EVER in Portland. Other cities across the US broke heat records last week (while Colorado had snow in the higher elevations). And here in Azuay, we recorded colder temperatures than normal. What is going on? Oh, wait! It’s that ‘climate change’ thing we used to talk about. You remember, […]
Over the last two weeks, Lenin Moreno, the former President of Ecuador, published a two-part opinion piece in the Diario Las Américas, the first Spanish-language newspaper founded in South Florida, and the second oldest in the United States dedicated to...
Ecuador signs an agreement to rejoin the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
Last week, the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Ivonne Baki, signed an Agreement to enter the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The ICSID is a space for the resolution of investment conflicts at the international level. Upon signature, Ecuador becomes the 164th state to sign the Convention, but it has yet to be […]
Between 2019 and 2020, poverty in the country increased by 7%. Girls, boys and adolescents are the most affected because they not only lose income, but also rights. Since December 2020, 9-year-old Damián gets up early to shine shoes in the Plaza Grande, in the...
Volume 5, Issue 37
From the week of June 20, 2021
The authorities of the Social Front of the Government formed a commission to fight chronic child malnutrition (DCI) that held its first meeting on the morning of Friday, June 18th, at the Carondelet Palace, with the presence of President Guillermo Lasso and...
United States imports $1.21 billion in Ecuadorian non-oil exports thru April, trade agreement moves forward
According to figures from the Ecuadorian Federation of Exporters (Fedexpor), exports to the United States for the first four months of the year grew by 20%, with shipments of $1.209 billion led by shrimp and bananas with $335 million and $181 million, respectively. They were followed by flowers ($154 million), cocoa ($79 million) and fresh fish ($72 million). Meanwhile, […]
Fact: the two largest superpowers in the world, the United States and China, are vying for leadership in the world political and economic order. Due to the enormous influence that both countries exert on a global scale, Ecuador and Latin America are inevitably...
It appeared last week that the country would be bypassing the increases in deaths, new cases, positivity rate, etc. that we had typically seen three weeks post-events; however, at four weeks post lifting of the restrictions across the country, we are seeing increases in almost all the important figures we track. Last week we warned […]
This sector was as affected as the hotel industry, indicates a report on Latin America by ECLAC and ILO The National Union of Domestic Workers reports that six out of eight women who lost their jobs in the pandemic have been resuming their activities, but several no...
The new “traffic lights” for the tracking of the coronavirus announced this week by the national Emergency Operations Committee (COE), will take into account several factors. This traffic light system will be used first in the progressive and face-to-face return to work for the central government, which will be partial, and then in other activities. That return to work is […]
Lasso will present a reform to the Higher Education Law allowing more students, EAES test eliminated
The President of the Republic, Guillermo Lasso, announced this past Thursday, June 17, 2021, that in the second week of July, he will personally present to the National Assembly a bill to reform the Organic Law of Higher Education (LOES). Lasso pointed out that the objective of this reform is to have ” free universities and free young people.” It is sought, […]
I’ve been reading a lot this week about the things that the Lasso government is doing to focus on some serious social problems: childhood malnutrition, unemployment, Covid vaccination, and even the imbalance of salaries and working conditions between men and women in the country. They’ve even retracted the policy of the Correa government that limited […]
Volume 5, Issue 36
From the week of June 13, 2021
Last Wednesday, El Salvador became the first country in the world to allow the use of Bitcoin as a legal exchange currency. This came after the approval by the Congress of a bill promoted by President Nayib Bukele three days before. The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, with an official majority, approved the Bitcoin Law, which will allow the […]
At three weeks out from the lifting of restrictions, we are seeing a slight increase in the number of new cases—though this may be due to a similar slight increase in the number of tests completed and a small decrease in the number of backlogged cases. The good news is that for the third week […]
The mangroves that inhabit the Galapagos Islands are special; there is not so much mud, and the trees are smaller and set apart from each other. In the rest of the country the mangroves are dense, and the trees are much taller. Those characteristics, precisely, caught...
The list includes oil contracts, bribes from Odebrecht, distribution of hospitals, IESS, electricity and mining concessions, among others. Last week the Oversight Commission approved a work plan that involves investigating 57 cases raised by the assembly members that make up that legislative body, who suspect administrative irregularities, signs of corruption and an impact on State […]
The government of Guillermo Lasso took over the government with a financing need of $8 billion and arrears in the amount of $2.7 billion. That is why the Minister of Economy and Finance, Simón Cueva, has identified at least four sources of financing in his sights that will allow him to weather this fiscal gap. Most of what is required, […]
No one is a prophet in his own land says a popular adage that sums up the success that compatriots have achieved abroad. However, it is also unfair to describe all the effort and, in some cases, even falls, that they experienced to start businesses in a foreign...
Well, I’m back from another trip to the US. This was much shorter one than last month. But the outcome was the same. I left not wanting to go back. After all these years, I finally can’t imagine ever living in the US again. And it’s not a political thing. It’s a people thing. On […]
Attorney General Salazar’s series of tweets implies Justice Department is being pressured to release comptroller Celi from jail
“President Guillermo Lasso, your concern is legitimate but they are not government officials, but former authorities and personnel from other functions and 'distinguished citizens', who have wanted to advocate for the review of measures ordered against the accused...
From the week of June 06, 2021
This week I want to talk about something completely unrelated to politics or the coronavirus, and that’s work ethic. Right now, we have two local brothers, both in their mid-twenties, working on construction projects at our house. We’ve had them there for 3 months. We started first with having them rebuild an old carport that […]
Numbers Of Deaths And Hospitalizations Fall Again, New Vaccination Plan Rolled Out With Promises Of More Vaccines
We are two weeks out from the lifting of restrictions and the number of new cases and new deaths continue to fall. In the past, we have seen a rise in these numbers at around 2-3 week’s post increases in mobility. So, it is encouraging to see these numbers continue to improve even as we […]
Update to: Quito mayor on trial for embezzlement; Ombudsman arrested for sexual assault Published: Volume 5, Issue32 The Municipal Council removed Jorge Yunda from the position of mayor of Quito It took the Metropolitan Council of Quito more than eight hours last week to decide the removal of Jorge Yunda as Mayor of Quito, in […]
Although remdesivir does not have a sanitary registration in Ecuador, and its use has not yet been officially approved, there are doctors who are prescribing it. Andrea’s 50-year-old father is in the intensive care unit at a Guayaquil hospital because he was infected with Covid-19. She says that to “improve” his condition, the doctors sent her […]
Just one COVID-19 patient is in critical condition at the Dr. Geraldo Cesar Reis clinic in Serrana, a city of almost 46,000 in Sao Paulo state’s countryside. The 63-year-old woman rejected the vaccine that was offered to every adult resident of Serrana as part of a trial. Doctors say the woman was awaiting one of […]
Lately the United States has been called the “promised land,” although it already was for many migrants who continue to seek the American dream. But this time it is not a purely economic issue, but rather a public health issue. American—the country hit the worst by...
In 2020, several Ecuadorian companies were able to export to the United States for the first time. Non-traditional products such as dragon fruit and ginger performed well in the international market. Exports of goods and services from Ecuador had a fall of 2.1 percent...
The Government of Ecuador declared last week its commitment to respect the arbitration award that obliges it to pay some $374.3 million, plus interest, to the French oil company Perenco, after a long-standing trade dispute tied to a bilateral investment treaty. The...
Volume 5, Issue 34
From the week of May 30, 2021
The organization 1-800 Migrante, has registered the disappearance of ten illegal Ecuadorian migrants on the border between Mexico and the United States, between March and May 2021. Johanna Tapia dreamed of leaving her job in a beauty parlor in Guayaquil and traveling to Boston, Massachusetts, to connect with her boyfriend Xavier and to start a […]
Draft Law on Freedom of Expression does not observe mandate of 2011 popular consultation, may be discussed by legislature this week
The draft “Organic Law on Freedom of Expression and Communication” signed by President Lasso on his first day in office and sent to the National Assembly, does not include the constitutional mandate of the popular consultation of 2011, regarding the existence of the Council of Regulation, that regulates the dissemination of content of sexual or […]
Update to: National COE loosens up COVID-19 entry restrictions at both international airports Published: Volume 5, Issue 24 Beginning June 3rd, American Airlines will have 6 daily flights between Quito, Guayaquil and Miami American Airlines will soon have three daily trips to Miami, from both Quito and Guayaquil. After receiving approval from the Ecuadorian Civil […]
Numbers Of Deaths And Hospitalizations Fall, But Drop In Sampling And Testing Make Following New Cases Meaningless
One full week after Ecuador’s mobility restrictions were lifted it appears that the rate and number of new cases of COVID-19 have fallen; however, in the first week of reporting under the new Government, the rate of new samples collected and tests completed have fallen, and the rate of backlogged tests has increased. With that […]
Bringing electricity to the most remote rural areas of Ecuador, especially the Amazon, and thus improving the living conditions of peasants and indigenous people are María Iglesias, Dalena León and Ronny Velasteguí, inventors of the Energy Ball, main objectives. In...
On Monday afternoon, President Guillermo Lasso offered details of his plan to vaccinate 9 million people for Covid-19 within the first 100 days of his administration. This came after a new platform was launched on Saturday that lets citizens verify the place where...
I’ve got to admit that I’m curious to see how President Lasso is going to move forward on several fronts. First, he tried to clean up a big mess on his first day and is now getting slapped around by the assembly because of it. He signed a draft law on freedom of the press, […]
The plan of the government of Guillermo Lasso to increase wages gradually, during the four years of administration, is not yet known. Unemployment is one of the problems that the new government will have to take on. Along with that problem, one of the new President’s...
Volume 5, Issue 33
From the week of May 23, 2021
With restrictions lifted and a confirmed case of the South African variant in the country, we have no choice but to voice a warning: keep following social distancing, wear your mask everywhere outside of your home, and be highly selective about who you chose to...
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic changed the priorities of purchases in the foreign market in the last year. When infections spread throughout the world, nations intensified negotiations to stock up on medical and biosafety supplies, such as masks, gloves, rapid virus...
Lasso tasked his team to fight corruption, emphasized the lack of resources, said that there is nothing more precarious than the lack of employment and spoke of concessions. Last Thursday, President Guillermo Lasso introduced fourteen more members of his cabinet, including former assembly members and people who have been close to Creando Oportunidades (CREO) years ago. […]
Ecuador’s new President, Guillermo Lasso, has already announced several tax reforms intended to stimulate the economy April 11, 2021, will unquestionably go down in Ecuadorian history as one of the country’s most memorable days. After a long year of pandemic-related restrictions and effects, not to mention years of governments dazzled by the promises of 21st […]
President Guillermo Lasso: “The political persecution in Ecuador is over. I have not come to satisfy the hatred of a few, but the hunger of many”
Lasso, 65, takes office after his third attempt Today, Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, became the forty-seventh president of the Republic of Ecuador. Lasso, a 65-year-old Catholic, takes office after his third attempt. In his administration, he will face challenges such as...
President Guillermo Lasso. We are going to have to get used to saying that. Today he finally became the President of the Republic of Ecuador, after trying to get to the seat over eight years and three elections. A lesson in “stick-to-it-ness?” Or a lesson in change? Let’s hope this is a lesson of life […]
Forty-eight hours before leaving his Presidency, Lenín Moreno held his last meeting with his enlarged cabinet, where he carried out a kind of rendering of accounts on his management of the government for the last four years. Moreno left power on Saturday when the transfer of command to the president-elect, Guillermo Lasso, was made. The ceremony […]
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published the results of the 10th Flow Monitoring Survey on the Venezuelan population in Ecuador carried out in February and March 2021. The survey, part of the Displacement Monitoring Matrix (DTM), was implemented through 4,258 interviews with people of legal age (54% men, 46% women and less than […]
Last year an oil spill in the Ecuadoran Amazon that contaminated the Coca River, local Indigenous groups are still struggling to adapt to alternative livelihoods It started as an ordinary morning in Ecuador’s eastern Orellana province. Abel Jipa’s sons, Byron and Johnny, and his son-in-law, Gibson, set out on the Coca River to go fishing […]
Volume 5, Issue 32
From the week of May 16, 2021
Deaths Fall Again This Week, New Case Data Of Little Vaule As Sample Collection And Test Completion Fall
As we reported last week, one of the more alarming bits of information that was published last week was just how many “unusual” deaths occurred over the past year. That term in Ecuador means deaths that are above and beyond the average number of deaths seen year-on-year. Without repeating the details that we reported last […]
Agricultural and livestock expansion, roads, settlements, oil extraction and mining have a significant impact on populations Of the 635 species of amphibians registered in Ecuador, 57% are in some category of extinction threat (13% critically endangered, 23%...
Quito mayor, Jorge Yunda, called to trial for embezzlement, then his defense team quits The mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, is one of the 14 accused of the crime of embezzlement related to the purchase of PCR tests to detect COVID-19 Twelve days after the mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, was called to trial for […]
Lasso reaches agreement with Russia for Sputnik-V vaccine, may meet goal to immunize 9 million people
President-elect, Guillermo Lasso, who will take office on May 24th, announced this week that his administration will sign an agreement with Russia for the provision of Sputnik V vaccines to strengthen its immunization plan. This was something that the outgoing government failed to achieve. In the electoral campaign, Lasso said his administration would vaccinate 9 million Ecuadorians in […]
Juan Eljuri Antón, the low-profile businessman who forged one of the largest economic groups in Ecuador
The businessman Juan Eljuri died at the age of 78 in Cuenca on Monday, May 10, 2021 When Juan Eljuri Antón inaugurated one of his ventures or businesses, he preferred that his executives were in charge of public speeches. He opted for a lower profile, a little away from the cameras and the media gaze. Within […]
“The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!” It sounds like a battle cry warning everyone to hide, but in fact it may be Ecuador’s saving grace. What I’m talking about is the announcement that incoming President Guillermo Lasso has achieved what the outgoing...
Waste isn’t waste anymore Bertha Jimenez is the co-founder of RISE Products, a startup that turns organic industrial waste into value by converting it into raw materials. RISE is currently focusing on converting by-products of the beer and wine industry into food...
Some critically ill patients have damage to 75% of their lungs and require urgent mechanical ventilation, but ICU beds are hard to find The aggressiveness of the new variants of coronavirus that circulate in Ecuador hits the health system from different fronts. One of the most serious problems is that patients arrive at hospitals with […]