Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: UPDATED FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 Earlier this week, Ecuador’s Ministry de Salud Pública (MSP) announced that it would be publishing a new infographic model effective September 6, 2020. In its...
Yeah, paperclips are still great
When I was a little kid, I used to watch 60 Minutes with my grandfather every week. He liked Andy Rooney, and since I worshiped my grandfather, I watched Rooney with him. I remember one episode specifically when he talked about inventions that were good, and those...
Tram proves it’s bigger, stronger, faster than motorcycle that crosses its path
With Cuenca’s Tramvia getting ready to become fully operational and sharing a common travel card between it and the city’s bus systems, expect to see more accidents caused by unaware or daring drivers. One motorcyclist learned the hard way last week that the tram takes some time to stop and is ALWAYS going to win […]
National Assembly sends Moreno Organic Code of Health containing abortion language for sanction or veto
Almost two weeks ago, on August 28th, the President of the National Assembly, César Litardo, sent Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno, the proposed Organic Health Code (COS), setting in motion the timeframe—as defined in the Constitution—for the President to either approve the COS, veto it in totality, or veto individual sections of it. The bill—which was […]
More than half of Ecuador’s 630 amphibian species face extinction threat
New data suggests that 57% of the amphibian species in the country have some degree of extinction threat. The alarming information was released August 28th when national authorities, academics and environmental organizations presented the update of the Red List of Amphibians of Ecuador. Herpetologists from the Ministry of the Environment and Water (MAAE), the National Institute […]
IESS has funds to pay unemployment, but needs government to honor its contribution for other benefits
Between April and August of this year, the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS) disbursed $22,507,769 for unemployment insurance that benefited 34,154 Ecuadorians who lost their jobs during the health emergency. Carlos Luis Tamayo, General Director of the IESS, told the Workers’ Rights Commission of the National Assembly last week that the IESS has budgeted $90 million for the […]
Ecuador’s debt ratings improve, but will it be enough to get out of financial trouble?
In last week’s issue of The Cuenca Dispatch, we covered the new loan that Ecuador secured from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for $6.5 billion (See: IMF and Ecuador reach agreement on $6.5 billion low-interest loan) and a few weeks back we also covered Ecuador’s renegotiation of its foreign bonds (See: Volume 4, Issue 45). […]