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Stop making demands

Stop making demands

Everywhere you look in Ecuador’s newspapers, you see President Lasso’s name: he’s going to CELEC, he’s speaking at the UN, he is being hailed for stopping Covid-19 in Ecuador, he has a meeting set up with Conaie, he is a busy, busy guy. And none of these things even...

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Maduro and OAS disrupt focus of CELAC summit

Maduro and OAS disrupt focus of CELAC summit

Leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held a summit in Mexico on Saturday, which criticized the OAS, requested that the United States change its relationship with the region, and raised questions of the presence of the Venezuelan...

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UPDATES: 09-07-2021

UPDATES: 09-07-2021

Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha Published: Volume 5, Issue 43 Three months after the removal of Mayor Jorge Yunda, his position remains in dispute A ruling from the Provincial...

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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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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 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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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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Updates: 08/03/2021

Updates: 08/03/2021

Update to: Cannabis in Ecuador: Industry and opportunity Published: Volume 5, Issue 41 Ecuador's flower industry shifts toward hemp as rose sales wither At one of Ecuador's oldest flower farms, workers are planting hemp on land that was traditionally used for roses,...

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Cannabis in Ecuador: Industry and opportunity

Cannabis in Ecuador: Industry and opportunity

The first steps towards an emerging market The cannabis industry is not simple, but it has promise. It is crossed by social, therapeutic and public health, scientific, productive, legal issues and even a certain morality, a product of ignorance and the stigma that the...

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