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SENADO APRUEBA SGP Y SE ESPERA APROBACION DEFINITIVA DE CAMARA DE REPRESENTANTES

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

La Embajada del Ecuador en los Estados Unidos informó que el Senado estadounidense aprobó el proyecto de ley que renueva el Sistema Generalizado de Preferencias (SGP), programa que beneficia a alrededor de 130 países en desarrollo, entre ellos el Ecuador.

En el marco del proceso legislativo interno se espera que la Casa de Representantes también considere y apruebe definitivamente la renovación del SGP, luego de lo cual sería enviado para la sanción correspondiente del Presidente Barak Obama y su consiguiente publicación en el Registro Federal, lo que permite la entrada en vigencia de la Ley.

De acuerdo con el proyecto de Ley señalado, el SGP se extendería hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2017.


2014 AÑO RECORD PARA LAS EXPORTACIONES NO PETROLERAS ECUATORIANAS A EEUU

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Según datos publicados por el Banco Central del Ecuador (BCE), el comercio bilateral Ecuador-Estados Unidos, en el año 2014, tuvo un crecimiento de 6.1% en relación al año anterior, alcanzando la cifra de 19.632 millones de dólares.

Si se excluye el comercio petrolero, el crecimiento en 2014 es de 12.6% mayor en comparación a 2013, con un valor total de 7.760 millones de dólares. En este mismo período de comparación, las exportaciones de productos ecuatorianos no petroleros crecieron en 36.3%, alcanzando la suma de 3.473 millones de dólares.

Los datos publicados por el BCE permiten observar la consolidación de una tendencia que sitúa al mercado estadounidense como uno de los principales lugares de destino de productos ecuatorianos. Esto tiene particular importancia si se habla de productos no petroleros, pues Estados Unidos retoma el primer lugar como destino de estos productos.

Las expectativas de consolidación y fortalecimiento de este mercado para el año 2015 se mantienen positivas, si se considera el hecho de que el Sistema Generalizado de Preferencia (SGP) que beneficia a más de 120 países en desarrollo podría ser renovado por el Congreso estadounidense en el transcurso de los próximos meses, lo que beneficiaría a varios productos de exportación del Ecuador que perdieron competitividad debido a la suspensión de este programa de preferencias comerciales desde julio de 2013.

A lo dicho se suma el hecho de que se espera que las autoridades competentes de los Estados Unidos aprueben también los protocolos fitosanitarios que permitirían el ingreso de nuevos productos como la uvilla, pitahaya, mora, frambuesa, entre otros, que además son representativos y de singular importancia para los sectores de la economía popular y solidaria.

En este escenario, la recuperación de la economía de los Estados Unidos comparada con las proyecciones de otros países de importancia para los productos ecuatorianos, también podría jugar un papel importante en las expectativas de consolidación del comercio bilateral Ecuador-Estados Unidos.


2014 RECORD YEAR FOR NON-OIL ECUADORIAN EXPORTS TO THE US

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

According to public data released by the Central Bank of Ecuador (CBE), bilateral trade Ecuador-US, in 2014, had a growth of 6.1% over the previous year, reaching a total of 19.632 million dollars.

If the oil trade is excluded, growth in 2014 is 12.6% higher compared to 2013, with a total value of 7,760 million. In the same period of comparison, non-oil exports Ecuadorian products grew 36.3% to the sum of 3.473 million dollars.

Data published by the ECB allow to observe the consolidation of a trend that places the US market as one of the main destinations for Ecuadorian products. This is particularly important when speaking of non-oil products, because the United States takes first place as a destination for these products.

Expectations of consolidation and strengthening of the market for 2015 remain positive, considering the fact that the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) that benefits more than 120 developing countries could be renewed by the US Congress in the upcoming months, benefiting several Ecuadorian products that lost competitiveness due to the suspension of the trade preferences program since July 2013.

To the above it is also expected that the competent authorities of the United States also approve phytosanitary protocols that will allow the entry of new products such as uvilla, dragon fruit, blackberry, raspberry among others, which are also representative and particularly important for the sectors of popular and solidarity economy in Ecuador.

In this scenario, the recovery of the US economy compared to projections with other countries of importance for Ecuadorian exports, could also play an important role in the consolidation of bilateral Ecuador-US trade expectations.


Barómetro de las Américas 2014 Confirma el Progreso del Modelo de Seguridad Ecuatoriano

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Ecuador Second in the Region with best Public Safety and Third in Public Trust of the National Police Force.

Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2015) – According to the Latin American Opinion Project’s America’s Barometer 2014, Ecuador ranks second best, among 24 Latin American countries, in a public evaluation of the country’s public safety management. The study also confirms that Ecuador is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest progress in the implementation of new public safety policies.

The USAID-sponsored survey found that Ecuador is one of the two Latin American countries where citizens positively evaluated the Government’s performance in ensuring their security and the performance of local police. According to America’s Barometer, Ecuador scored 62% in public support, following Nicaragua (65.6%), compared to Uruguay, Honduras, Chile, Mexico, and a considerable difference from the United States (38.7%) and Paraguay (36.9%).

“We are now seeing tangible results of the transformation in the public safety system that the government has undertaken during the last eight years,” said Nathalie Cely, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. “Ecuador now enjoys a public safety system that is focused on the wellbeing of the individuals and their role in strengthening the safety in their communities.”

Citizens’ trust in the Ecuadorian National Police also rose to third place with 59.0%, which exceeds public trust in police forces in the United States, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

“Our goal is that our fellow Ecuadorians can go about their lives without fear, said Ecuadorian Minister of Interior, Jose Serrano, during a recent visit to Washington, D.C. “We are making changes that address institutional weaknesses and improve the management of public safety at the operational and justice levels, including a larger investment in training, technology and information systems, a revised criminal code, decentralizations of police forces, and the implementation of a more rigorous selection process for police officers and judges.”


AmericasBarometer 2014 Confirms Progress of the Ecuadorian Security Model

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Ecuador Second in the Region with best Public Safety and Third in Public Trust of the National Police Force.

Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2015) – According to the Latin American Opinion Project’s America’s Barometer 2014, Ecuador ranks second best, among 24 Latin American countries, in a public evaluation of the country’s public safety management. The study also confirms that Ecuador is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest progress in the implementation of new public safety policies.

The USAID-sponsored survey found that Ecuador is one of the two Latin American countries where citizens positively evaluated the Government’s performance in ensuring their security and the performance of local police. According to America’s Barometer, Ecuador scored 62% in public support, following Nicaragua (65.6%), compared to Uruguay, Honduras, Chile, Mexico, and a considerable difference from the United States (38.7%) and Paraguay (36.9%).

“We are now seeing tangible results of the transformation in the public safety system that the government has undertaken during the last eight years,” said Nathalie Cely, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. “Ecuador now enjoys a public safety system that is focused on the wellbeing of the individuals and their role in strengthening the safety in their communities.”

Citizens’ trust in the Ecuadorian National Police also rose to third place with 59.0%, which exceeds public trust in police forces in the United States, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

“Our goal is that our fellow Ecuadorians can go about their lives without fear, said Ecuadorian Minister of Interior, Jose Serrano, during a recent visit to Washington, D.C. “We are making changes that address institutional weaknesses and improve the management of public safety at the operational and justice levels, including a larger investment in training, technology and information systems, a revised criminal code, decentralizations of police forces, and the implementation of a more rigorous selection process for police officers and judges.”