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Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo: ‘Ecuador is going to become a magnet for attracting foreign investment’

Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo: ‘Ecuador is going to become a magnet for attracting foreign investment’

The signing of trade agreements with several countries is a priority in the Government’s foreign policy. After one hundred days of government, in a recent interview Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo made an evaluation of the work carried out at the level of international relations and stated that the priority for the coming months is to […]

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Ecuador reached the goal of vaccinating 9 million people in 100 days

Ecuador reached the goal of vaccinating 9 million people in 100 days

Vice President, Alfredo Borrero, and the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, announced on the September 1, 2021, that the goal of vaccinating nine million people in 100 days was met. On September 1, 2021, the government of President Guillermo Lasso fulfilled one of its first objectives: to vaccinate nine million people in its first 100 […]

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Vice President Borrero says, “the health structure is eaten away by corruption”

Vice President Borrero says, “the health structure is eaten away by corruption”

Vice President Alfredo Borrero leads the vaccination against Covid-19 and the revamping of the public health system and says that the problems of the country’s hospitals have a common element: corruption.

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UPDATES: 08-30-2021

UPDATES: 08-30-2021

Update to: Banana sector reinforces prevention measures to avoid Foc R4T fungus Published: Volume 5, Issue 27 Controls in banana provinces are reinforced to prevent the entry of Fusarium Race 4 Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that in towns such as...

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Monday, August 30th, 2021

Before we go into number this week, let’s outline the major changes in the environment of Covid-19 in Ecuador. First and foremost, the increase in cases of the Delta variant in several provinces of the country has forced the Ministry of Health to adjust the vaccination schedule, advancing the application of the second dose of […]

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Fuel and social subsidies of $5.645 billion found in 2021 proforma budget along with $4.8 billion deficit

Fuel and social subsidies of $5.645 billion found in 2021 proforma budget along with $4.8 billion deficit

The highest subsidy for fuels is in gas for domestic use which reaches $813 million.

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Ecuador’s amphibians may be the species most threatened by climate change

Ecuador’s amphibians may be the species most threatened by climate change

Ecuadorian biologist Mauricio Ortega talks about the threats amphibians face in the region. His work with environmental DNA allows researchers to know about possible diseases that can attack them and to plan control strategies for invasive species such as tilapia, trout and bullfrog that are great threats to amphibians.

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Ecuador faces 5 challenges to achieving herd immunity

Ecuador faces 5 challenges to achieving herd immunity

The Government aims to vaccinate 14.8 million people by the end of 2021 to achieve herd immunity. This goal includes children over the age of eight.

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Are you using that bed?

Are you using that bed?

I heard from an old friend this week, we hadn’t talked in a year or so. What I like to call the “missing year” (or year and a half) that we all experienced in most of 2020 and more than half of 2021. I had talked to him about three months into the pandemic, and […]

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8 out of 10 households with children in Ecuador have less income as a result of the pandemic

8 out of 10 households with children in Ecuador have less income as a result of the pandemic

For families with children, it will take 11 years to get out of poverty, three times longer than for households without children.

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UPDATES: 08-23

UPDATES: 08-23

Update to: Financing proposal for expansion of Galapagos reserve still has no response from Government Published: Volume 5, Issue 26 Ecuador analyzes debt swap for new reserve in Galapagos Ecuador is analyzing an environmental debt swap to create a new reserve around the Galapagos archipelago that will expand the limits to fishing through a negotiation between all […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador

Updated for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful vaccination campaign, it is setting an example for countries in the region and globally. Today, Ecuador currently administers the highest daily number of doses per 100 people in the […]

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Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million

Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million

Chronic childhood malnutrition (DCI) continues to be a problem in Ecuador, and in fact it has worsened over the last 7 years. In 2018 (the latest firm figures available), 27.2% of children under two years were underweight and height, compared to 24.8% in 2014. Specialists are saying that the situation worsened with the pandemic and now, one […]

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Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October

Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October

From January to May of this year, $434 million worth of goods have been exported to Russia, third most in exports after the United States and the European Union.

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Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls

Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls

Ecuador is the world’s biggest exporter of balsa wood, most of it shipped to China. Indigenous communities in Ecuador’s Pastaza River Basin say balsa is being logged illegally in their territories and is damaging the ecological integrity of the region and hurting Indigenous communities.  The problem has reportedly spread to neighboring Peru, where Indigenous communities accuse Ecuadoran balsa loggers of felling commercially valuable trees and even kidnapping a child.

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Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity

Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity

This week Ecuador announced that it will administer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people with weak immune systems and will carry out tests to determine if the rest of the inoculated population also needs a booster, Health Minister Ximena Garzon said on Tuesday. The government of President Guillermo Lasso is using Pfizer, […]

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Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption

Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption

During the presidential term of Lenín Moreno, whose term ended in May, the Attorney General’s Office had to create a specialized Task Force to be able to process and carry out investigations into alleged illegal acts related to the acquisition of products for the health emergency. As part of the cross-border project ‘Watch the pandemic,’ the following report details several of the emblematic cases, involving officials, businessmen and even the children of former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram.

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Don’t fall prey

Don’t fall prey

I’m in Florida now waiting for some medical appointments and wondering how things got so bad here in the US. By that I mean politically, socially, and even religiously. So much of those three things have merged together, with basis in the belief of many of the conspiracy theories going around the country. There is […]

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UPDATES: 08/17/2021

UPDATES: 08/17/2021

Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha Published: Volume 4, Issue 43 TCE says Guarderas is the mayor of Quito The Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE) ruled on Tuesday, August 10, and has ratified that the mayor of the city of Quito is […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Good news is hard to come by in the context of the current health crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. That’s why we are particularly excited to see some encouraging developments in Ecuador. Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful […]

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The Quito Metro has no light at the end of the tunnel

The Quito Metro has no light at the end of the tunnel

The project was stared in 2012 and has idled thru four mayors, seven managers and several postponements. The Quito Metro is like a brand new 21st century bus that lacks, at least, the driver, the turnstile for passengers to pass and pay, the entire technological system and the network of trans-shipment connections. Without this, the 22 kilometers of the tunnel built, […]

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Recognition of territory, respect for ancestral knowledge and cessation of violence: the vision of life of indigenous peoples

Recognition of territory, respect for ancestral knowledge and cessation of violence: the vision of life of indigenous peoples

August 9th was the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, a date established by the United Nations in December 1994.

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No positive outcome

No positive outcome

I watched President Biden’s speech yesterday regarding what was happening in Afghanistan amid his decision to pull the last of the US’s troops out of the country. Earlier, I had seen the images of people dying while trying to get on board a departing aircraft at the Kabul airport. So, I say these words with […]

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New changes to traffic laws go into effect

New changes to traffic laws go into effect

A set of at least 65 changes included in the reforms of the Organic Law on Traffic, Land Transportation and Road Safety (LOTTSV), came into effect this past Tuesday. For example, as of August 10th, drivers have 90 business days to pay their pending violations and the...

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Legal abortions for rape still difficult for most victims to access

Legal abortions for rape still difficult for most victims to access

Rocio Rosero, spokeswoman for the National Women’s Coalition, talks about the critical points that the bill that the Ombudsman’s Office presented to the National Assembly has encountered to decriminalize abortion for rape in the country.

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