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START UP ECUADOR IN USA STARTS RECEIVING APPLICATIONS

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

As of today, August 20, 2014, Start-Up Ecuador in USA is officially accepting applications.

If you want to participate, you can submit you application between August 20th and September 20th 2014. If you have a business idea that you’d like to see it come true, register on:

www.startupecuadorusa.com

On this page you will find all the details about the competition and the instructions on how to register your application.

Remember that it does not matter if you’re Ecuadorian by birth or by naturalization, if you have Ecuadorian citizenship, you are currently residing in the United States and you are at least 18 years old, you qualify to participate in this business competition.

If you have any comments or questions during the registration process, please send us an email at:

startup@ecuador.org

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START UP ECUADOR EN USA ABRE SU CONVOCATORIA

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A partir del día de hoy, 20 de agosto del 2014, se abre oficialmente la convocatoria del programa Start Up Ecuador en USA, para todos aquellos ciudadanos ecuatorianos que viven en los Estados Unidos y que deseen postular.

Los interesados podrán enviar su postulación desde el 20 de agosto al 20 de Septiembre del 2014. Si tienes una idea de negocios que te gustaría convertir en realidad, regístrate en:

www.startupecuadorusa.com

En esta página podrás encontrar todos los detalles acerca de la competencia y la forma para postular. Recuerda que no importa si eres ecuatoriano por nacimiento o por naturalización; si tienes la ciudadanía ecuatoriana, estás actualmente residiendo en los Estados Unidos y eres mayor de 18 años, calificas para participar en esta convocatoria.

Si tienes alguna duda o comentario específico acerca de las bases del programa o sobre el proceso de registro, escríbenos al correo electrónico:

startup@ecuador.org

Sigue todo lo que sucede con el programa Start-Up Ecuador en USA a través de las redes sociales:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StartUpEcuUSA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StartUpEcuadorUSA


EMBASSY OF ECUADOR TO THE UNITED STATES SIGNS MOU WITH NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today, August 19, the Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States, in Washington, Nathalie Cely and General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board in the United States, Richard Griffin, signed a Memorandum of Understanding which aims to foster an environment that recognizes and respect the rights and obligations the law gives to all Ecuadorian workers in the United States. These efforts will provide information, guidance, and access to training resources and education on the rights and responsibilities granted by law.

Through this agreement, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its regional offices along with the Ecuadorian Embassy and its Consulates in the United States, will develop joint initiatives to inform and Ecuadorian train workers about their labor rights.

The training and education that both institutions are committed in this Agreement are:

- Develop and provide training and education for Ecuadorian workers, their employers and Ecuadorian business owners in the United States, about the rights, protections and obligations under the law

- Provide training to the Ecuadorian Consulates’ staff on the labor law and the NLRB operations

- Develop and provide training programs for NLRB staff that allow them to meet the needs of Ecuadorian workers, their employers and Ecuadorian business owners in the United States.

At the signing ceremony, the General Counsel spoke about the importance of such agreements to the office, since they allow the NLRB offices to disseminate the information and content of the Law that determines labor relations between employers, unions and workers. In her speech, Ambassador Nathalie Cely referred to the commitment of the Ecuadorian Government, the Embassy and Consulates in the United States to the permanent protection of the rights of migrants. She also reiterated her dedication to the service to the Ecuadorian migrant community.

She also communicated to the migrant community of her interest in continuing to work alongside the Ecuadorian Consuls in this country to promote the full implementation of this agreement—together with the ones previously signed with the U.S Department of Labor, its Wage and Hours division, OSHA, and the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, that complement the protection of rights for migrant workers and help improve the employment situation of Ecuadorians in the United States.


EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN ESTADOS UNIDOS FIRMA ACUERDO PARA PROTEGER DERECHOS DE TRABAJADORES ECUATORIANOS MIGRANTES

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

La Embajadora del Ecuador en Washington, Nathalie Cely; y el Consejero General de la Junta Nacional de Relaciones Laborales de los Estados Unidos, Richard Griffin, suscribieron hoy, 19 de agosto de 2014, el Memorando de Entendimiento que tiene como objetivo fomentar un ambiente en el que se reconozcan y respeten los derechos y obligaciones que la ley otorga a los trabajadores ecuatorianos en los Estados Unidos, proporcionar información, orientación y acceso a recursos de capacitación y educación relativos a los derechos y responsabilidades que les otorga la ley.

A través de este acuerdo, la Junta Nacional de Relaciones Laborales (NRLB por sus siglas en inglés) y sus oficinas regionales, así como la Embajada y los Consulados ecuatorianos en los Estados Unidos, desarrollarán actividades conjuntas para informar y capacitar a los trabajadores ecuatorianos respecto a sus derechos laborales.

Entre las actividades de capacitación y educación a las que ambas instituciones se han comprometido mediante este Acuerdo constan:

- Desarrollar y proveer programas de capacitación y educación para trabajadores ecuatorianos, sus empleadores y los ecuatorianos propietarios de negocios en los Estados Unidos de América, acerca de los derechos, protecciones y obligaciones estipulados en la Ley;

- Proporcionar a los funcionarios de los Consulados ecuatorianos capacitación sobre la Ley y la NLRB; y

- Desarrollar y proporcionar programas de capacitación para el personal de NLRB que les permitan atender las necesidades de los trabajadores ecuatorianos, sus empleadores y los ecuatorianos propietarios de negocios en los Estados Unidos de América.

En la ceremonia de suscripción, el Inspector General habló sobre la importancia de este tipo de acuerdos para esa oficina, dado que permite a su oficina difundir información sobre el contenido de la Ley Nacional que determina las relaciones laborales entre las empresas, los sindicatos y trabajadores. De su parte, la Embajadora Nathalie Cely se refirió al compromiso del Gobierno ecuatoriano y de la Embajada y Consulados en los Estados Unidos, con la defensa permanente de los derechos de los migrantes y reiteró su vocación de servicio hacia la comunidad ecuatoriana migrante.

Asimismo, transmitió a los migrantes su interés de continuar trabajando, junto a los Cónsules en este país, para impulsar la plena ejecución de este acuerdo, que junto con los que ha suscrito anteriormente con el Departamento de Trabajo y sus dependencias Horas y Sueldos y OSHA, así como también con la Comisión de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo, complementan la protección de los derechos del trabajador migrante y contribuirán a mejorar la situación laboral de los ecuatorianos en los Estados Unidos.


Ecuador wins 14 World Travel Awards, considered the ‘Oscars’ of tourism

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, was named “South America’s Leading Destination” for the second year in a row at the 21st regional World Travel Awards gala, considered by the Wall Street Journal as the Oscars of the tourism industry.

Ecuador won a total of 14 awards, including the “South America’s Leading Green Destination” and “South America’s Leading Tourist Board” categories.

The awards aim to recognize excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Over 300 tourism industry representatives from around the Americas attended the gala at the Centro Cultural Itchimbía in Quito, Ecuador.

Tourism: Employment growth in equity

Tourism in Ecuador ranks as the fourth largest source of non-oil revenues, said Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism Sandra Naranjo. Tourism is one of the sectors that the government of Rafael Correa aims to expand and currently represents 5.3% of the country’s GDP. It has grown 14% in the last six months, three times more than the global average. Minister Naranjo aims to increase tourism by 10% by the end of the year.

Additionally, the Minister points out that women currently account for 50% of the tourism workforce in the country. The country’s growing tourism industry can transform the lives of its citizens and improve their living conditions. Ecuador recently launched the tourism promotion campaign “All You Need is Ecuador”, which has impacted 450 million people and positioned the country as a top tourism destination in the minds of travelers around the world.

Ecuador, a country for business

Investments in Ecuador’s tourism sector have doubled since 2005, receiving approximately $800 million in investments. Minister Naranjo attributes this increase to the country’s holistic strategy that is based on five key pillars: safety, quality, products and destinations, connectivity, and promotion. Ecuador has formed alliances with major national companies such as the Nobis Group, as well as international companies that include Best Western and Swissotel. Minister Naranjo added that there are major hotel investments. For example, the Ibis chain will build ten new hotels. There are also many investors interested in unique destinations like the Galapagos Islands.

The Secretary of State congratulated the WTA for its 21st anniversary. Ecuador also celebrated its 205th year of independence, while the Ministry of Tourism also proudly celebrated 22 years in operation.

Minister Naranjo concluded her remarks by reminding WTA audience members that “when you want to visit South America, All You Need is Ecuador.”

Additional awards in the South America category are:

South America’s Leading Airport 2014: Mariscal Sucre International Airport
South America’s Leading Conference Hotel 2014: Swissotel Quito
South America’s Leading Green Hotel 2014: Finch Bay Eco Hotel
South America’s Leading Luxury Train 2014: Tren Crucero
South America’s Leading Resort 2014: Arashá Tropical Forest Resort Spa

Ecuador awards:

Ecuador’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Hotel Plaza Grande
Ecuador’s Leading Business Hotel: Swissotel Quito
Ecuador’s Leading Green Hotel: Mashpi Lodge
Ecuador’s Leading Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Ecuador’s Leading Resort: Arashá Tropical Forest Resort & Spa
Ecuador’s Leading Spa Resort: Termas de Papallacta

Following this great event in Quito, Ecuador will continue to build and expand its booming tourism industry.