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...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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...