After the declaration of unconstitutionality of the state of exception, which was reported on Saturday, January 2, 2021 by the Constitutional Court, the National COE issued new resolutions on Sunday, January 3, aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the...
Update to: Ecuador plays an unfortunate role in South America’s drug trade Published: Volume 5, Issue 8 Ecuador ends 2020 with more drugs seized and more violent crimes than in 2019 During 2020, Ecuadorian Police seized 54 more tons of drugs than last year. In 2019, 70 tons were seized, in 2020 a total of 128 […]
Control of the coronavirus slips away as holiday behavior causes widespread increase in cases and deaths
Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: UPDATED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2020 THE NUMBERS In our last two reports, we were optimistic with the COVID-19 situation in the country; unfortunately, that optimism has been replaced with serious concern...
She died helping others
As many of you know, I lost two friends to COVID-19 last year. One in May and one in August. Some people didn’t believe me when I wrote about this, said it was all a hoax. With all the death and illness since then, I suspect many of those doubters have now been...
Increase in illegal crossings from Ecuador into Peru leads toviolent gang conflicts
According to the Ecuadorian intelligence agencies, the flow of foreigners (Venezuelans and Colombians) using interprovincial transport buses on the road from Tulcán to Huaquillas has increased significantly over the last three months; most of them are hoping to illegally enter into Peru using clandestine crossings. Police investigations have revealed that there is an entire human […]
Ecuador cocoa sector to expand with larger potential US market and an increase in harvestable hectares
Expectations regarding the “first phase agreement” that the United States and Ecuador signed in early December are high for the national cocoa sector. This so-called “short agreement” has only four chapters: facilities for international trade, good regulatory practices, benefits for medium and small business enterprises, (MSMEs) and the fight against corruption in international trade. Francisco Miranda, President of the National […]
Ecuador in fifth year of the trade agreement with the EU, enters new agreement with UK
Last November 11th marked four years since the signing of the Multiparty Trade Agreement (MCA) between Ecuador and the European Union (EU). It was signed in Brussels before representatives of Colombia and Peru, who were already part of that treaty since June 26, 2012....
Deflation presents a new phenomenon for Ecuador
Since 2001—after dollarization—inflation in Ecuador has fallen drastically. Before dollarization, with the sucre currency, inflation in the 90s was around 40%. And now, in 2020, there was actually deflation, a relatively strange phenomenon in a country that had always been used to periods of high inflation. According to economic analyst Luis Espinosa Goded, what has […]
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Referendum on prohibition of mining exploitation will cost between $130,000 and $ 140,000 Executing the Popular Consultation on the prohibition of mining exploitation will cost the Municipality of Cuenca between $130,000 and $140,000, according to estimates by the authorities. According to José Luis Espinoza, the General Manager of the Municipal Potable Water Company (ETAPA), this […]