Government presents plan to increase chocolate consumption in the country

Despite Ecuador having cocoa and chocolate products as two of its main exports, the Ecuadorian population does not consume much of either product. It is estimated that the average Ecuadorian consumes about 10 oz. of cocoa or chocolate a year. Meanwhile, some European countries have an average consumption of 2 lbs. per year, per person. In light of this, last month the Ecuadorian government presented its “Plan of Competitive Enhancement for Cocoa and Derivatives.” The main goal, according to Juan Carlos Proaño, the national secretary for Planning and Development, is to boost productivity and exportation of chocolate. However, part of […]

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New Super Aki in El Centro on schedule

The supermarket chain store Gran Aki is still in the process of finishing its new branch in El Centro. It will be located at the Rafael Maria Arizaga street and Tarqui. The construction began in February of this year. All the foundations, floors and columns are already done. At the moment they’re preparing the beams to start installing the rooftops. It is estimated that it will take 5 more months for it to be completed. The parking lot will be underground, with 75 parking spots. On the ground level there will be a few more parking spots and around 21,000 […]

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U.S.-Style Health Insurance Available in Cuenca

As Expats from North America and other foreign lands start their new lives in Cuenca, health insurance is just as necessary to have in Ecuador as it was “back home”, and as will be discussed in a future story, obtaining and maintaining your health insurance policy is, at this date, mandatory to not only receive your cedula and Temporary Residency Visa, but also your Permanent Residency Visa. If you have been here for any length of time, you most likely have already learned that there are many health insurance options available in Cuenca. And, if you thought understanding health insurance […]

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Cuencana Microbiologist among the top-100 leaders in biotech

Linda Guamanis a 33-year-old teacher and researcher—with a PhD in Microbiology—at the Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial. She was recently selected to attend the Gap Summit 2019, organized by Global Biotech Revolution.Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also partner hosts of the event. This summit appoints different teams of leaders to work on specific solutions for the biotech industry. The summit will also offer the participants workshops, seminars and conferences by some of the current experts in the field, including the Nobel Laureate, Phillip Sharp. “There are three groups of five members each.We’re also contesting amongst each other. Each […]

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Ecuador to sell shrimp in Australia

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility reported that the country obtained the final authorization for Ecuadorian shrimp to enter the Commonwealth of Australia market. According to Foreign Affairs, the authorization was given after almost two years of intense diplomatic efforts before the Australian authorities. During the process, the quality of Ecuadorian shrimp and compliance with all the phytosanitary requirements by the Ecuadorian export sector was verified. In addition to this, other entities such as the Embassy of Ecuador in Canberra, the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade and Investment and the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, […]

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High air pollution in Cuenca is mostly due to vehicle traffic

Over 150,000 cars circulate in Cuenca daily, according to the EMOV (Municipal Mobility Company) estimate. But in 2018, only around 85,000 of them passed the Vehicle Technical Revision (inspections). Currently, the air pollution in Cuenca does not surpass the Ecuadorian Air Quality Norm (50 micrograms per cubic meter), but it does surpass the average annual guideline from the World Health Organization (WHO) of 20 micrograms per cubic meter. Some of the main sources of pollutions come from different industries and brick manufacturer plants, yet the highest amount of pollution —around 73%— comes from car emissions. Cars emit carbon monoxide, nitrous […]

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Benigno Malo High School inaugurates its semi-Olympic swimming pool

The Ministry of Education, through its Zonal Education Coordination, invested over $110,000 dollars for the construction of a semi-Olympic pool in the Benigno Malo High School. On June 31st,a number of authorities from the Government of Azuay, along with school authorities and the students, inaugurated the newly added installation. This school is one of the oldest schools in Cuenca. It is a historic and architectural landmark in the city which can been seen on the Solano Avenue, just a few blocks away from Avenida 12 de Abril. “I’m convinced this will be a significant addition to the city. Moreover, we […]

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Ecuadorian Red Cross launches campaign to fill the blood quota

According to the Ecuadorian Red Cross, Ecuador needs 2,000 blood pints a month to meet the demands of the country’s health system. At the moment, they are able to meet 25% of this amount. The health organization, with the help of the Chamber of Industries of Cuenca, have initiated the ‘Emabajador de Vida’ (Ambassador of Life) campaign in order to increase the blood donations. This week, both organizations paid homage to citizens Carlos Castro and Marco Lituma because of their monthly blood donations. “Every month they call me (the Red Cross) so I can go when they have the donation […]

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CRIME REPORT AND ACCIDENT REPORT

(Cuenca Area Traffic Accidents) Last Friday evening, a 9-year-old boy was killed after accidently stumbling into traffic in Sayausí. Aníbal Lucio, of the Office of Investigation of Traffic Accidents (OIAT), confirmed that the minor got entangled in some sticks and lost his balance and fell into the active roadway. OIAT added that they will not take legal action because the driver would not have had any responsibility in the unfortunate accident. Also, on Friday night, two young men on a motorcycle were seriously injured after they were hit by a taxi near the avenues of Las Americas and Independencia. The […]

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Ministry of health to build new health center with Italian funding

General medicine services and basic specialties such as gynecology and pediatrics, dentistry service, maternity, psychology, among others, will be part of a Type C health center to be built this year in Cuenca by Ministry of Public Health (MSP) with the help of Italian funding. The money will come as a loan from the Italian government for investment in equipment, infrastructure and training in the area of “Mother and Child,” explained Juan Chuchuca, coordinator of Zone 6 of the MSP, who socialized the project with the Municipality. The construction of the unit will start this year (no date was specified). […]

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