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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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A – B = ?

A – B = ?

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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Volume 8, Issue 17

From the week of January 28, 2024

Ecuador’s Labor Landscape Faces Potential Transformation with Proposed Hourly Work and Fixed-Term Contracts

Ecuador’s Labor Landscape Faces Potential Transformation with Proposed Hourly Work and Fixed-Term Contracts

President Daniel Noboa’s effort to revitalize the labor market in Ecuador is taking center stage as the nation contemplates the return to hourly work and fixed-term contracts. Among the 10 questions in Noboa’s popular consultation, this proposition has successfully navigated the first Constitutional Court filter and is poised for further scrutiny in the coming 20 […]

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It’s time to change the labor laws

It’s time to change the labor laws

For those who know me personally or have been following this column, you’re aware that I lean heavily towards the liberal side. Now, the reason I highlight this is to provide context to my stance on the upcoming labor law changes proposed by President Noboa in his planned April popular consultation. President Noboa aims to […]

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Fénix Plan Leads to 237 Arrests for Terrorism and Over 4,000 Arrest for Other Crimes

Update to: Ecuador Grapples with Internal Conflict as International Powers Extend Offers of Support Published: Volume 8, Issue 15 The Ministry of Defense released the latest findings from the Fénix Plan, covering activities until January 28th, highlighting a significant crackdown on terrorism. Since the initiation of the Internal Armed Conflict decree, 237 individuals have been […]

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National Electoral Council Ends Party That Brought Correa to Power

National Electoral Council Ends Party That Brought Correa to Power

The electoral body canceled Mover, formerly Alianza PAIS, the movement founded by Rafael Correa and his supporters. In a pivotal turn of events marking a significant chapter in Ecuadorian political history, the Plenary Session of the National Electoral Council (CNE) made a momentous decision on the night of January 27th. The political movement Mover, formerly […]

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Former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas Remains a Guest of the Mexican Embassy Amidst Legal Proceedings

Former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas Remains a Guest of the Mexican Embassy Amidst Legal Proceedings

Contrary to social media reports, Glas has not left Ecuador. Noboa says he will not be allowed ‘safe passage,’ even if asylum is granted. Former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas continues to seek refuge within the diplomatic confines of the Mexican Embassy in Quito, according to an official statement from the Foreign Ministry of Ecuador […]

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Sound recordings and AI tell us if forests are recovering, new study from Ecuador shows

Sound recordings and AI tell us if forests are recovering, new study from Ecuador shows

by Liz Kimbrough on 23 October 2023 Acoustic monitoring and AI tools were used to track biodiversity recovery in plots of tropical Chocó Forest in northwestern Ecuador. The study found that species returned to regenerating forests in as little as 25 years, indicating positive progress in forest recovery. Acoustic monitoring and AI-based methods proved to be powerful […]

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Court Paves Way for Maritime Military Cooperation Between Ecuador and the United States

Update to: US-Ecuador Maritime Cooperation Agreement Faces Constitutional Scrutiny Published: Volume 8, Issue 16 On January 23, 2024, the Constitutional Court issued a ruling, stating that the bilateral treaty, designed to address illicit transnational maritime activities, does not require approval from the National Assembly. Consequently, the treaty is set to take effect in the coming […]

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Volume 8, Issue 16

From the week of January 21, 2024

Rising Remittances Shed Light on Kidnapping Crisis Faced by Ecuadorian Migrants

Rising Remittances Shed Light on Kidnapping Crisis Faced by Ecuadorian Migrants

Ecuadorian families are paying as much as $5,000 to $7,000 for the release of their kidnapped relatives.

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Tourism Struggles for Survival on Manabí’s Shores Amidst Rising Insecurity

Tourism Struggles for Survival on Manabí’s Shores Amidst Rising Insecurity

Daily losses of $500,000 in Manta alone are anticipated, as productive sectors anxiously await the Carnival, hoping for recovery through modifications in the curfew.

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“I could have sent her to Antarctica,” remarked Daniel Noboa about Vice President Verónica Abad

“I could have sent her to Antarctica,” remarked Daniel Noboa about Vice President Verónica Abad

Daniel Noboa defends the role of Vice President Verónica Abad and refrains from condemning Israel for its actions in the war.

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Be serious

Be serious

“I could have sent her to Antarctica.” Oh my god, I just about had my coffee come out of my nose when I read that headline. Seriously. That’s funny, no matter what anyone thinks. But the fact of the matter is that Noboa was right, by the rules of the Constitution, he could have assigned […]

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US-Ecuador Maritime Cooperation Agreement Faces Constitutional Scrutiny

US-Ecuador Maritime Cooperation Agreement Faces Constitutional Scrutiny

Broad agreement on maritime cooperation signed under Lasso government.

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Update –  New Airport Rules and Regulations in Ecuador Amid State of Emergency

Update to: Ministry of Transportation Confirms Normal Operations at Ecuadorian Airports Published: Volume 8, Issue 15 As Ecuador grapples with a 60-day state of emergency declared on January 8, 2024, due to rising insecurity, travelers navigating the country’s airports face new rules and heightened security measures. Despite the challenges posed by the state of emergency, […]

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Update – Successful Repatriation Effort Releases 563 Juvenile Galapagos Giant Tortoises to Natural Habitats

In a significant conservation milestone, 563 juvenile Galapagos giant tortoises of four different species were successfully repatriated to their natural habitats across the islands of Isabela, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and Española in the Galapagos archipelago during the year 2023.

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Update – Noboa now characterizes the VAT hike as a “temporary” measure.

During a recent radio interview on La FM de Colombia, President Daniel Noboa described the 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) increase as temporary.

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Volume 8, Issue 15

From the week of January 14, 2024

Colombia Boosts Border Security Amidst Ecuadorian Internal Conflict

Colombia Boosts Border Security Amidst Ecuadorian Internal Conflict

Colombia has activated three military posts in the sectors of Chiles, Carlosama and La Victoria, in front of the Ecuadorian border towns of Tufiño, Tulcán and El Carmelo. In response to the internal conflict in Ecuador, Colombia has activated operations at the Rumichaca international bridge, a strategic area dividing the border cities of Ipiales (Colombia) […]

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Ecuador Grapples with Internal Conflict as International Powers Extend Offers of Support

Ecuador Grapples with Internal Conflict as International Powers Extend Offers of Support

President Daniel Noboa receives offers of cooperation, notably from the United States, while Russia expresses hope for Ecuador’s independent resolution of the internal conflict. In a dramatic turn of events, Ecuador finds itself at the center of an internal armed conflict that has garnered attention from major global players. President Daniel Noboa, grappling with the […]

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Popular Consultation Question Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Broader ‘Urgent’ Bills Authority

Popular Consultation Question Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Broader ‘Urgent’ Bills Authority

Question 4 of Noboa’s popular consultation seeks to allow non-economic bills to be sent as urgent to the Assembly. In a significant move, President Daniel Noboa has put forward the fourth question in the second questionnaire of his popular consultation, aiming to reform the Law of the Legislative Function and amend Article 140 of the […]

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National Court Rejects Final Appeal in Bribery Case, Confirming Sentences for Former President Correa and Others

Update to: After Ecuador’s highest appellate court confirms guilt and sentences of defendants in Bribery 2012-2016 case, Correa can never run for public office again Published: Volume 4, Issue 50 In a decisive move, the Criminal Chamber of the National Court of Justice dismissed the last appeal related to the Bribery case, ultimately solidifying the […]

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Remain steadfast

Remain steadfast

Last week, I shared my attempt to stay optimistic about the situation in Ecuador, and this week has brought some relief as I witness the military’s efforts paying off. With over 1,300 ‘suspected’ gang members now in custody, there’s a glimmer of hope for dismantling these groups. However, let’s not kid ourselves – this is […]

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Ministry of Transportation Confirms Normal Operations at Ecuadorian Airports

Update to: 2024 Aeronautical Optimism Surges with Low-Cost Airline, Expanded Routes to Panama and Madrid Published: Volume 8, Issue 14 In a statement from the Ministry of Transportation, it has been confirmed that airports in Ecuador continue to function without disruptions. The Armed Forces are diligently safeguarding both the interior and exterior of these airports […]

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Volume 8, Issue 14

From the week of January 07, 2024

The Urgent Crisis of Journalist Safety in Ecuador

The Urgent Crisis of Journalist Safety in Ecuador

Last year’s rise in threats and attacks on journalists underscores the need for government protection.

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Update: Hydroelectric power conditions show improvement, yet risk of additional blackouts after January 15th persists

Update to: Ecuador’s current energy crisis highlights the need to branch out from its reliance on hydroelectricity Published: Volume 8, Issue 7 The Mazar and Paute Hydroelectric plants, situated in the southern part of the country, have experienced an increase in reserves due to the recent intense rains. Concurrently, the Coca Codo Sinclair plant is […]

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Update: Daniel Noboa shortens the security period granted to former presidents.

Update to: Verónica Abad Faces Security Cutback Amidst Vice Presidential Tensions Published: Volume 8, Issue 13 On December 5, 2024, President Daniel Noboa signed Executive Decree No. 108, reforming the security measures for former presidents and vice presidents of the Republic of Ecuador. Under the new regulations, these former officials will receive state security for […]

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With few options for addressing the fiscal crisis, Ecuador prepares to initiate talks with the IMF

With few options for addressing the fiscal crisis, Ecuador prepares to initiate talks with the IMF

Ecuador is strategically positioning itself for a potential engagement with the IMF as it grapples with a pressing fiscal crisis.

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Ecuador Navigates Fiscal Crisis with Urgent Measures Recommended by Renowned Economist

Ecuador Navigates Fiscal Crisis with Urgent Measures Recommended by Renowned Economist

An unsettling examination of the financial landscape in 2024 prompts one expert to recommend reductions in fuel subsidies, an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT), and a straightforward communication approach with citizens regarding the prevailing financial crisis.

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I want to be optimistic, but…

I want to be optimistic, but…

When I began writing this column eight years ago, I never thought about how long I’d keep at it or what direction it would take. Initially, I focused on positive stories about Ecuador, thinking the country was moving in the right direction. Over time, the tone shifted as I paid more attention to the political […]

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Ecuadorian Central Bank Divests Portion of Gold Reserves, Distributes Profits to the Government

Ecuadorian Central Bank Divests Portion of Gold Reserves, Distributes Profits to the Government

The sale of gold from international reserves left profits of $252.9 million for the Central Bank, $177 million of that amount will go to the Central Government.

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Volume 8, Issue 13

From the week of December 31, 2023

Verónica Abad Faces Security Cutback Amidst Vice Presidential Tensions

Verónica Abad Faces Security Cutback Amidst Vice Presidential Tensions

The discord between Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa and Vice President Verónica Abad has taken a new turn, expressing her angst on social media platforms.

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I am going to…

I am going to…

Ah, the dawn of a new year, brimming with possibilities. A chance to hit the reset button and embark on the perennial quest to shed those extra pounds, cut back on the libations, curb the criticisms, silence the complaints, kick the swearing habit, and rein in the spending spree—all those promises we insist will define […]

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President Noboa maintains Currency Outflow Tax (ISD) at 3.5% until December 2024

President Noboa maintains Currency Outflow Tax (ISD) at 3.5% until December 2024

In a recent decision, President Daniel Noboa has opted to uphold the Foreign Exchange Outflow Tax (ISD) at 3.5% until December 2024, diverging from the earlier plan to reduce it to 2%. The decision was formalized through Decree 98, signed on December 29, 2023, contradicting the commitment made during the electoral campaign to decrease the tax.

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The number of police officer murders nearly doubled in the final 6 weeks of 2023

The number of police officer murders nearly doubled in the final 6 weeks of 2023

While the rise in drug gang-related murders has received considerable attention, the alarming increase in the killing of police officers has largely escaped notice. Nevertheless, the statistics paint a grim picture.Top of Form

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Revelations from the Norero chats in the Metastasis case

Revelations from the Norero chats in the Metastasis case

You can now download all the 1,144 pages of the chat conversations that were used as evidence in the Metastasis case. Below we provide two links for your review.

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Volume 8, Issue 12

From the week of December 24, 2023

Ecuador’s Highways Grapple with Surge in Robberies and Kidnappings

Ecuador’s Highways Grapple with Surge in Robberies and Kidnappings

National Federation of Heavy Transport Identifies Seven Roads as Hotspots for Criminal Gangs. In a concerning development, Ecuador’s roadways have become battlegrounds for criminal activities, prompting urgent calls for heightened security measures. The National Federation of Heavy Transport (Fenatrape) has identified seven roads as potential danger zones, with a particular focus on the vicinity of […]

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Ecuador’s environmental balance: violence, mining and state absence marked 2023

Ecuador’s environmental balance: violence, mining and state absence marked 2023

by La Barra Espaciadora , Mongabay Latam on December 13, 2023 After 10 years of struggle by the Yasunidos collective to protect the Yasuní National Park, the population rejected oil exploitation in that megadiverse territory in Ecuador through a popular consultation. However, the outgoing president, Guillermo Lasso, said that he would do everything possible not to comply with the electoral […]

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Finance Minister Reports That Fuel a Subsidy Reform Plan is in the Works

Finance Minister Reports That Fuel a Subsidy Reform Plan is in the Works

The Noboa government is considering a targeted fuel subsidy plan that will focus on those who need it most. As Ecuador approaches the end of 2023, a staggering $2.23 billion has been earmarked for subsidies on imported fuels, a financial burden representing almost 1.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The subsidies, considered generalized […]

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Hope

Hope

Well, another year is nearly gone and another Christmas Eve delivery of “A Simple Box of Food” is done. I’m not going to go into it too much, but in addition to thanking all those who gave to the effort, I’d like to share one story. The ‘charcoal woman’ who we met last year, was […]

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Unraveling the Metastasis Case of Organized Crime’s Deep Infiltration of Ecuador’s Public Institutions

Unraveling the Metastasis Case of Organized Crime’s Deep Infiltration of Ecuador’s Public Institutions

In a seismic revelation, the Metastasis case has exposed the insidious infiltration of organized crime into at least half a dozen key public institutions and high-level servers in Ecuador. The arrest of the former president of the Judiciary Council, Wilman Terán, along with judges, police officials, prison guides, lawyers, and even former assembly members, has […]

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Volume 8, Issue 11

From the week of December 17, 2023

The rains return to Cuenca after more than 100 days of drought

The rains return to Cuenca after more than 100 days of drought

Cuenca sees the resurgence of rainfall following a drought lasting over 100 days Over the past four days, the rainfall has enhanced the water levels in Cuenca’s rivers, and there are forecasts indicating that precipitation will persist. After enduring more than 100 days of relentless drought, Cuenca finally witnessed a significant change as the skies […]

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Correa’s interference in the Metastasis arrests could lead to new charges

Correa’s interference in the Metastasis arrests could lead to new charges

Rafael Correa’s forewarning of the Metastasis case operation on social media has been deemed a criminal offense. Despite the former president’s disavowal of Wilman Terán, he is now facing legal repercussions for his actions. Rafael Correa took to social networks approximately 14 hours before the General Prosecutor’s Office executed the Metastasis case operation, alerting the […]

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Have a Happy Holiday Season

Have a Happy Holiday Season

This marks my final appeal for support this year as we strive to help families in the Yunguilla Valley. By now you have heard of A Simple Box of Food, our initiative to bring underprivileged...

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EU trade agreement set to drop tariffs to 0% on hundreds of products

EU trade agreement set to drop tariffs to 0% on hundreds of products

The 2017 accord implemented step-by-step reductions on tariffs for all EU goods, with a significant number reaching a tariff rate of 0% as of January 1, 2024. In 2024, a significant reduction in prices is anticipated for a variety of European products, including perfumes, shampoos, and more, as 146 product types will no longer be […]

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Government increases unified basic salary to $460 after Conades can’t reach an agreement

Government increases unified basic salary to $460 after Conades can’t reach an agreement

 The unified basic salary for the year 2024 in Ecuador is set at $460, marking a $10 increase from the minimum wage established in 2023. President Daniel Noboa’s government announced this decision on December 15, 2023, and it will come into effect on January 1, 2024. The agreement to raise the unified basic salary (UBS) […]

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Metastasis case unveiled Ecuador’s deep-rooted corruption

Metastasis case unveiled Ecuador’s deep-rooted corruption

In a dramatic turn of events that has left Ecuador’s political, judicial, and security landscapes reeling, Prosecutor Diana Salazar has orchestrated a groundbreaking operation – Metastasis – to expose a complex and entrenched organized crime network within the state. As the nation grapples with political, judicial, and criminal entanglements, the Metastasis case, under the determined […]

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National Assembly reaches one month in office with five approved laws and active ‘Governance Agreement’

National Assembly reaches one month in office with five approved laws and active ‘Governance Agreement’

Experts say that prioritizing the nation’s requirements over individual group agendas will be crucial to the success of this legislature. In its inaugural month, the National Assembly has undertaken significant legislative endeavors, with five laws approved and the ‘governance agreement’ firmly in effect. A crucial aspect for the sustained success of this parliamentary term, which […]

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Volume 8, Issue 10

From the week of December 10, 2023

“You remembered the poor people.”

“You remembered the poor people.”

Last Christmas, we had the immense joy of delivering food packages to one hundred impoverished families in the Yunguilla valley. It was the best gift we have ever given to ourselves. Here, I'm...

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Assembly president advocates targeted fuel subsidy cuts as Minister of Economy paints a bleak picture

Assembly president advocates targeted fuel subsidy cuts as Minister of Economy paints a bleak picture

Henry Kronfle, a member of the Christian Social Party and the current leader of the legislature, said that amid the ongoing fiscal crisis, options such as increasing VAT are impractical. Instead, he advocates for the implementation of an “intelligent targeting” approach to fuel subsidies. On December 7, 2023, Henry Kronfle, President of the Assembly and […]

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Dire conditions faced by Ecuadorian migrants in makeshift California camps

Dire conditions faced by Ecuadorian migrants in makeshift California camps

Lack of food, water, sanitation leads activists to call camps ‘open-air’ detention centers. In the vast expanse of the California desert, hundreds of migrants, including a significant number of Ecuadorians, find themselves living in precarious conditions as they await processing by United States authorities. These makeshift camps, situated at the border between the United States […]

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Escalating violent deaths in Santa Elena tied to organized crime, microtrafficking, and a battle for territory

Escalating violent deaths in Santa Elena tied to organized crime, microtrafficking, and a battle for territory

In a troubling surge, the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador, has witnessed an alarming 88% increase in violent deaths this year, reaching a staggering 220 murders by December 6, 2023. The new provincial Police commander, Colonel Jaime Ruales, attributes this shocking rise to the prevalence of microtrafficking, a menacing issue intensifying in the canton of […]

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Seven years into EU trade agreement, European cars set to enter Ecuadorian market without tariffs

Seven years into EU trade agreement, European cars set to enter Ecuadorian market without tariffs

Tariffs will no longer apply to European brands such as Peugeot, Renault, Mercedes Benz, and Volkswagen. Additionally, cars from Kia, Hyundai, Suzuki, Nissan, and even Ford that are assembled in Europe will now enter Ecuador without facing tariffs. In a landmark development for the automotive industry in Ecuador, European cars or those assembled in Europe […]

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Ministry of Government to release security-focused questions for Popular Consultation in January

Update to: Noboa gearing up to launch his tenure with a popular consultation Published: Volume 8, Issue 4 In January, the government is set to unveil the questions for the upcoming Popular Consultation, a key initiative proposed by President Daniel Noboa during his campaign. Vice Minister of Government, Carlos Espinosa Gallegos, disclosed this information in […]

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Ministry of Health receives more than 6 million prenatal vitamins

Update to: Government Tracks Children and Mothers to Combat Malnutrition Published: Volume 7, Issue 32 Ecuador has welcomed a shipment of over 6 million iron plus folic acid tablets, valued at over $400,000, to bolster efforts in maternal care and address child malnutrition, as announced by the Ministry of Health on December 6, 2023. This […]

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