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AMBASSADOR CELY SPOKE ABOUT GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LATIN AMERICA

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Ambassador Nathalie Cely participated in the XVI Annual Conference of the Latin American Business Association (LABA) at Columbia Business School. At the event, she discussed the opportunities and challenges currently facing our region.

During her presentation on the panel focusing on social development, which also included Argentine Congresswoman Elisa Carrio and Professor Gustavo Yepes Lopez of the External University of Colombia, Ambassador Cely highlighted the important socioeconomic achievements made in the region, mainly the reduction of poverty and inequality and positive economic growth rates.

Ecuador, with an economy that has been growing steadily and has witnessed an average growth of 3.4 % between 2007 and 2013 versus the the regional average of 4.2% , has become the most successful Latin American country in reducing inequity in the same period. Ecuador is a clear example of the positive trends that are being seen throughout the region.

Among the challenges discussed by Ambassador Cely were consolidating sustainable economic models and becoming less dependent on natural resources such as oil and commodities. Also, incorporating citizen demands while facing the growing insecurity that afflicts the region, eradicating poverty and strengthening emerging middle classes, and, at the same time, ensuring mechanisms for citizen participation and promoting greater gender equity.

Embassy of Ecuador
Washington DC


ECUADOR’S HIGHLIGHTS FROM LATINOBAROMETRO

Saturday, February 15th, 2014


STATEMENT FROM THE EMBASSY OF ECUADOR ON THE ISAIAS BROTHERS

Friday, February 7th, 2014

For years, Ecuadorian authorities have been clear in their stance that convicted criminals and Ecuadorian citizens William and Roberto Isaias must be extradited from Miami back to Ecuador. These two brothers, former bankers turned fugitives, have been legally tried and, after 13 years of litigation, convicted of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars from their bank before fleeing to the United States. Their crime harmed the lives of millions of our citizens, yet today they continue to live in luxury in Miami. We expect that the Government of the United States, including Members of Congress, would not support these convicted criminals, as we still hope to have them back in Ecuador to answer for their crimes.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF NEWSWEEK

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

01/16/2014

Dear Editor,

Your article on conflicts between indigenous groups in Ecuador (“After All the People We Killed, We Felt Dizzy“) contains a number of grossly misleading and inaccurate statements, and it is clear that the author–who you fail to mention is an anti-government activist within Ecuador, hardly an independent judge- has a predetermined agenda that tarnishes the credibility of the piece.

One only has to look at the manipulative photo of a bloodied woman and baby that leads the article to see this attempt to shock and outrage readers at the expense of the truth. In reality, that image was completely staged, taken at a free assembly of citizens in Quito (the Presidential office is visible just behind her).

Contrary to your article, a government investigation into reports of tribal violence was commenced immediately. The alleged incident took place in an isolated section of the Amazon on March 29, 2013,and on April 3, the Ministry of Justice launched an investigation. Approximately one week later, the Ministry instructed the Public Prosecutor’s office, which is independent of the Executive office, to investigate. While the President too was frustrated at the pace of the investigation, given the remote location of the incident, no tangible evidence has been found aside from the two girls and an unattributed photograph, which has slowed the process.

Yet once the Public Prosecutor’s office did take decisive action, your article again goes to great lengths to further its author’s agenda– repeatedly referring to the rescue of two children from their kidnappers who allegedly murdered their family as “kidnapping” by the government. How anyone can call this kidnapping is unfathomable.

The truth is that the President has publicly called for swift and strong action against any responsible parties involved in the case. Like any country, however, the rule of law must be respected. In the meantime, as we await a final outcome, the citizens of Ecuador, our indigenous people, and the robust local media are actively engaged in free and open debate as in any healthy society. It is a shame your publication seems determined to distort the facts to hide these truths.

Sincerely,
Nathalie Cely
Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States


ECUADOR-US TRADE, THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Thursday, December 26th, 2013