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“Is there anybody out there?”

“Is there anybody out there?”

For those of you who have read my column for a few years or more (hard to believe I’ve been writing it for over 6 years), you know how I used to feel about all the anger and hatred spewed out in response to some of the things I wrote. The threats, the crazy comments […]

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Ecuadorian car buyers moving away from sedans and into SUVs

Ecuadorian car buyers moving away from sedans and into SUVs

Sedan-type vehicles are losing market share to SUVs offering more room and models.

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The outlook for Ecuador’s exports in 2023

The outlook for Ecuador’s exports in 2023

Free trade agreements and the economic recovery after the pandemic are some of the factors that will influence foreign trade this year.

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Seven benefits for women in the new ‘Violet Economy’ Law

Seven benefits for women in the new ‘Violet Economy’ Law

The regulations, which are already in force, promote equal pay between men and women in companies and shared maternity leave.

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How China Targets the Global Fish Supply

How China Targets the Global Fish Supply

With its own coastal waters depleted, China has built a global fishing operation unmatched by any other country.

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Government fails to stop illegal mining in Napo or Imbabura

Despite the operations, illegal mining is taking hold in La Merced de Buenos Aires (Imbabura) and in three cantons of Napo.

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Service animals will be allowed on public transport under new requirements

Service animals will be allowed on public transport under new requirements

The ANT issued a regulation on the requirements for pets and other assistance animals to travel with their owners on public transport. One of the obligations is that they have an identification collar.

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Air passenger traffic grows in Quito after the pandemic

Roughly 4.3 million passengers were transported on national and international flights through Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport in 2022.

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Head of IESS Special Commission: ‘If we wait two or three years, we will be facing the precipice’

Head of IESS Special Commission: ‘If we wait two or three years, we will be facing the precipice’

The head of the Special Commission tasked with proposing reforms to the IESS pension system discusses the needed contributions of the State, affiliates and employers. The time to make the reforms required to give sustainability to the pension system of the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS) is running out. This according to Augusto de la […]

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Minister of Finance talks bonds for the Galapagos, tax reductions and the IMF and Petroecuador

Minister of Finance talks bonds for the Galapagos, tax reductions and the IMF and Petroecuador

The Minister of Finance, Pablo Arosemena, confirmed that the State will issue blue bonds in 2023. The operation will allow the expansion of the Galapagos marine reserve. According to the Minister of Finance, Pablo Arosemena, the Government will follow thru this year on its promise to issue blue bonds to finance the expansion of the […]

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Remittances from abroad contribute more to Ecuador’s economy than tourism

Remittances from abroad contribute more to Ecuador’s economy than tourism

Remittances are a liquidity option for Ecuadorian households, which use these resources to pay for basic services. The remittances that Ecuador receives from citizens working abroad totaled $4.468 billion in 2022, according to the forecast of the World Bank. This represents 3.87% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This figure is higher than tourism, which […]

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Birth of sea turtles increases 30% on Manabí beach

Update to: More than 9,000 olive ridley sea turtles born in Esmeraldas Published: Volume 5, Issue 16 Park rangers from a refuge in Manabí reported the birth of 11,580 sea turtles of the “olive ridley” and “green” species on the beach of San Lorenzo. The Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment announced that it has detected […]

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Thankfully, the three colors are nice

Thankfully, the three colors are nice

On our drive back from Cuenca this week, it became clear to my wife and I that elections were coming up in February. Not because we read about them. Or because we knew when elections occur (like we do in the US). It was because of all the posters, banners, signs and other advertising that […]

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Three major Azuay highway projects planned for 2023

Three major Azuay highway projects planned for 2023

State planning for this year includes the rehabilitation of two roads that connect Azuay with the country, and a public-private alliance that is being sought to build a new Cuenca-Guayaquil highway. Authorities and unions of Azuay hope that at least three of the road projects that are pending in the province will be completed this […]

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Two Ecuadorian researchers participate in worldwide study on the impact of grazing on the environment

Two Ecuadorian researchers participate in worldwide study on the impact of grazing on the environment

Carlos Espinosa and Elizabeth Gusmán were part of a team of hundreds of researchers that determined the negative impact of grazing in drylands. The results of the study were published in the journal Science. For the first time, hundreds of scientists evaluated the impact of grazing in arid and semi-arid areas of the planet. Two […]

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Rains remove risk of blackouts, but dry season has not been overcome

Update to: Cuenca experiences unusual weather and prolonged drought Published: Volume 7, Issue 14 With the recent rains, the scenario improved, but the dry season has not yet been overcome. The plan to recover thermoelectric plants continues. There is a recovery of rains in the eastern basin of Ecuador, which has made it possible to […]

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Assembly reforms the prison system and creates sanctions for detainees

Assembly reforms the prison system and creates sanctions for detainees

The reform includes the creation of a disciplinary regime, which establishes offenses and sanctions for inmates who commit offenses. It also modifies the criminal types of extortion, intimidation, robbery and others. The legal reforms on security finally made it out of the Assembly. The legislators approved the so-called Comprehensive Security Law in a second debate, […]

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Brother, can you spare $8.5 million?

Brother, can you spare $8.5 million?

I love NFL football. Love it. I watch as many games as I can during the season. And I’m constantly amazed at how athletic the players are now. Without fail, in almost every game, someone makes a play that even the game announcers can’t believe. Case in point, last night pay-by-play commentator Chris Collinsworth—who himself […]

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Cuenca doubles the land allocated for industrial use

Cuenca doubles the land allocated for industrial use

The Cuenca Cantonal Council approved a new Land Use and Management plan, in which new spaces for the industry are identified. At the beginning of 2023, Cuenca will have a total of 341 hectares of industrial land, almost double that of 10 years ago, when the Territorial Planning plan registered 163 hectares for industry and […]

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Growth of Ecuadorian economy expected to be minimal in 2023

Growth of Ecuadorian economy expected to be minimal in 2023

Economists and multilaterals predict growth rates between 2% and 3%.  In recent years, the Ecuadorian economy has experienced low growth. In 2023, that trend will continue. International and national organizations estimate that the growth of the Ecuadorian economy in 2023 will be between 2 and 3%. However, these projections could change depending on what happens in the coming months — as happened in […]

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Government calculates that there will be 80,000 police officers on duty by 2024

Government calculates that there will be 80,000 police officers on duty by 2024

At the end of the most violent year in Ecuador’s history, Juan Zapata, Minister of the Interior, analyzes the causes of the security crisis. In 2022, Ecuador closed with around 25 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. According to Juan Zapata, Minister of the Interior, most of these homicides were registered in the provinces “that are on […]

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Government promises five trade agreements and less taxes in 2023

Government promises five trade agreements and less taxes in 2023

The Government plans to reduce taxes on Foreign Currency Outflow (ISD) and Special Consumption (ICE) to boost the economy. Negotiating five trade agreements and reducing taxes for the productive sector are some of the primary goals that the Government has set for itself in 2023. Ecuador has already closed the negotiations of two such treaties. […]

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