In a recent interview, US Ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick talked about security cooperation and withdrawing visas for high-ranking officials. US Ambassador to Ecuador Michael Fitzpatrick recently sat down for an interview at the US embassy in Quito. In the 30-minute...
Covid-19 cases increase in Cuenca, but few require hospitalization
The Covid-19 contagion curve in Cuenca had a notable rise in the months of June and July. The average number of officially reported cases was 451 per week and 64 per day, according to the epidemiological report of the Cantonal Health Council. In the week of July 18th to 24th, the Ministry of Health registered 537 […]
Cuenca is the first Latin American city to be certified a ‘bicycle-friendly city’
Cuenca has received a certification that distinguishes it as a “Bike Friendly” city. It is the first city in Latin America to achieve this qualification, awarded by a Spanish organization that works to promote cycling, mainly in the tourism sector. The qualification was finalized after a series of evaluations and visits by representatives of “Bike Friendly,” […]
Ecuador exports its first container of ‘sustainable and deforestation-free’ coffee
The coffee, which is mixed Arabica and Robusta comes from more than 400 producers in the Amazon. The coffee was sent to the Italian company Lavazza. Last Friday, July 29th, Ecuador exported its first container of sustainable Amazonian coffee, also labelled and with...
El Aromo photovoltaic plant will provide 22% of Manabí’s electrical needs
The Government awarded the Solarpackteam company the construction and operation of a photovoltaic plant in El Aromo. The Government reported that a Spanish company will build and operate the El Aromo photovoltaic plant, on 290 of the 1,300 hectares belonging to the failed Pacific Refinery in Manabí. However, the company must still meet some requirements […]
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When I started this column over 6, almost 7 years ago, I guess I didn’t realize that I would have to write a column EVERY week. And I didn’t consider that some weeks I just wouldn’t have anything to say. This is one of those weeks. I don’t want to talk about US politics. I […]
IESS will begin outsourcing medications this month
The pilot plan will begin first in Guayaquil and then in Quito After two years of a severe shortage of medicines in the country in the hospitals of the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS) and the strong criticism of the Lasso government for the health crisis, it was announced on July 29th that the outsourcing of medicine […]
IMF says Ecuadorian economy will grow 2.9% in 2022
The Ecuadorian economy could grow 2.9% in 2022, according to the latest analysis by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This prediction is 0.6 percentage points lower than what was expected in the previous review. Also, the IMF only analyzed information up to May 2022; it is not yet known whether the social and economic impact of the strike in June this year will have […]
Minister of Transport says more than 50% of remaining 2022 budget will go to 2016 earthquake reconstruction
The Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Darío Herrera, says the Ministry will speed up investment in roads and public works, with the remainder of its $363 million budget. During the first seven months of 2022, the Ministry has only used $94 million or 26% of that budget. Herrera’s objective is to raise that execution […]
Most of Latin America has ‘overshot’ its consumption of natural resources for the year
On Sunday, humanity reached Ecological Overshoot Day, going into debt with the planet by consuming all the resources it can generate in a year. Some countries in Latin America already did so in May and June. Over time, humanity has consumed its natural resources faster and faster each year. In 2000, the Ecological Overshoot Day — the day […]