Unions describe the last meeting of the Trade and Investment Council with the United States (TIC) as positive and one more step in the bilateral relationship. The strengthening of relations between the United States and Ecuador, achieved at the IV meeting of the Trade...
Lenín Moreno describes the accusations against him as “clumsy”
Update to: The INA Papers case tarnishes Moreno’s legacy Published: Volume 6, issue 19 Former President Lenín Moreno responded to the accusations against him from Paraguay. Once the Prosecutor’s Office dusted off the investigation against him, for the INA Papers case, the former president said that he will disprove them before that entity. “Do not […]
Prior oil backed debt contracts favored China and involved losses of hundreds of millions of dollars to “intermediaries”
Last week, President Guillermo Lasso said that intermediaries who benefited from the commercial and financial contracts that Ecuador and China signed “are fully identified.” According to Lasso, these Ecuadorian and foreign intermediaries who participated in a...
Lasso’s makes surprise visit to Cuenca to ease discord with politicians and businessmen
President Guillermo Lasso took advantage of an unexpected visit to Cuenca, last Thursday, February 17th, to talk with local authorities, social leaders and businessmen in an attempt to ease tensions that have arisen in the city in recent weeks. The President planned to carry out activities in Chunchi (Chimborazo), but the weather conditions were not […]
1 month after oil spill, Lima’s beaches littered with dead wildlife
The oil spill off the coast of Peru, sparked by a volcanic eruption thousands of miles away, is twice as big as previously reported. Dozens of beaches near Lima were deserted and thousands of fishermen remained without work last Tuesday, one month after an oil spill at a refinery created what the United Nations called […]
Covid-19 researchers disagree with Minister Garzón, says use of masks can’t be dropped
Two scientists answer Is the end of the pandemic near? This is one of the most recurrent questions raised separately by health authorities, scientists and a large part of society. Some figures on the evolution of the pandemic have aroused optimism in local authorities. One of them is the progress presented by the vaccination plan […]
Easy is a matter of perspective
Michael is on vacation for the next two weeks. We’re reprinting one of his old columns that a lot of people thought was amusing. When Codie and I went back to the US last month, one of the things on our list of “to dos” was to get my driver’s license renewed. Now, we all […]
Ecuador to invest millions in international tourism marketing
The Ecuador Ministry of Tourism presented its marketing plan for 2022, as well as the objectives up to 2025. The 2022 to 2025 tourism investment budget is $47.3 million, divided into four years, $41.6 million will be used to promote the country. In 2022, the Ministry...
Law to guarantee abortion for rape passes Assembly, awaits Lasso’s veto or signature
The deadlines for abortion in case of rape, between 12 and 18 weeks of gestation depending on the age of the victims, are criticized by politicians and activists. Last Thursday, with 75 affirmative votes, the plenary session of the Legislature approved the new complete final text of the bill to allow abortions in the case […]
Finding of a head in a backpack, outside the Port of Machala
Update to: Two bodies that had been tortured found hanging on Duran bridge Published: Volume 6, issue 19 This time it happened outside the Port of Machala, where police found a head inside a backpack. Cristhian Proaño, Police Chief of the Machala District, reported that a subject on a motorcycle threw the backpack outside the […]
The United States appears in the plot of the Ina Papers case
Update to: The INA Papers case tarnishes Moreno’s legacy Published: Volume 6, issue 19 The Prosecutor's Office revived the previous investigation, which was opened in 2019, against former President Lenín Moreno, his family and circle of friends. The US banking system...