Monday, April 29th, 2013
The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, D.C. organized the “Ecuador Day in Georgetown,” a multidisciplinary presentation day where attendees had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of Ecuador’s national reality—from trade, security and education, to cultural events and an Ecuadorian music concert.
The day began with a discussion panel where Ambassador Nathalie Cely spoke about the security policies of the Ecuadorian government, an endeavor to which 2.74% of the GPD is committed—the highest in Latin America. Also, the Head of the Diplomatic Mission noted that in 2012 trade between Ecuador and the United States reached $17.15 billion. The audience also had the opportunity to speak with the Ambassador, raise concerns and learn more about the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Later, the National Secretary of Science and Technology, Rene Ramirez held the conference “The Third Wave of Transformation of Higher Education.” In his presentation, he spoke of the need to produce knowledge in Ecuadorian universities and not just transfer it. He also referred to, among other topics, Yachay University, the coordinating center of the City of Knowledge, which will be the first public academic center that promotes research, scientific development and technological advancement.
The day continued with a tasting of a variety of Ecuadorian chocolate provided by Pacari, which delighted the audience. Also, attendees enjoyed guayusa tea, donated by the company “Runa”, and showed a lot of interest in its antioxidant and energetic properties.
The day closed with a lively concert by the Ecuadorian band Ñawi, formed by Alex Alvear and Grupo Yarina. With their tropical rhythms, albazos and San Juanitos, the band had both Ecuadorians and Americans dancing energetically.
“Ecuador Day in Georgetown” is part of the activities being conducted by the Embassy of Ecuador in the United States to communicate government policies and promote the cultural values of our country.
Embassy of Ecuador
April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, D.C. expresses its profound solidarity with the victims, their families, friends and with the city of Boston for the tragic events of Tuesday, which marred the prestigious marathon that takes place in that city each year. As the search for the culprits and their causes continues, the Embassy of Ecuador is confident that the strength and determination of the people of Boston will help them overcome this difficult time.
The Consulate of Ecuador in Boston immediately confirmed that Ecuadorian athletes participating in the marathon were not affected. However, the Consulate was informed that the son of an Ecuadorian family was injured. David Yepez, fifteen-year-old son of Mr. Luis Yepez of the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was among the spectators at the event. The boy recieved burns on his body and his leg was wounded by an embedded piece of metal. On Wednesday, David had surgery to remove the metal from his leg. He is currently being treated at Tufts Hospital.
The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington and the Consulate in Boston will continue its best efforts to support the Yepez family during this process.
For more information:
Honorary Consulate for Ecuador in Boston
+1 (781) 400-1212
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
On Friday, April 12, the Washington Ballet Gala was held to celebrate the world premiere of “Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises,” a ballet adaptation of the book by the renowned American writer. The event also served to raise funds for the programs being lead by this organization.
Roses from Ecuador, donated by Expoflores through the Embassy of Ecuador, graced the event and were admired by the audience. The flowers came from Esmeraldas Farms, Pamba Flor, Agrinag, Bellaflor, Flower Village, Nevado Roses y Sacha Flor. This is the second consecutive year that the Embassy of Ecuador has supported this event. It has become a tradition for the Embassy to support the work of this organization, in particular, scholarships that the Washington Ballet provides to underprivileged youth that would like to pursue an education in the arts.
In his speech, Senator Dodd and Mrs. Jackie Clegg Dodd, Presidents of the Gala, thanked the Embassy of Ecuador and Expoflores for their second year of participation.
Embassy of Ecuador
April 15, 2013
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Ambassador Nathalie Cely tackles economic empowerment, climate change, education, and women’s equality on distinguished Global Issues panel
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2013)- On Tuesday evening in Washington, DC, Ecuador’s Ambassador to the US, Economist Nathalie Cely, called on the countries of the Western Hemisphere to make providing more opportunities for women and youth national priorities. During the Global Issues Forum, moderated by political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, Cokie Roberts, Ambassador Cely outlined the wide-reaching reforms and initiatives undertaken in Ecuador to empower these important groups “who will be the drivers of progress and growth” for the future.
“Ecuador invested in women, and the return on our investment included drastic reductions in poverty and unemployment,” said Ambassador Cely. “We recognize that providing equal opportunities for women is not only the right thing to do, but it’s good for economic growth.”
Ambassador Cely also highlighted initiatives to promote education and encourage youth political participation. Already nearly 5,000 Ecuadorians – many of whom are women – have benefited from scholarship programs that provide tuition at some of the best universities in the world. Recent reforms to the Constitution permit Ecuadorians as young as 16 years old to vote.
The group of international women leaders examined a wide range of issues from the US role in partnering with developing countries to the impact of the selection of the new Pope on women’s rights and inclusion around the world. Other panelists included Ambassadors to the US Muni Figueres (Costa Rica), and Nirupama Rao (India), and former US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky. The panel was organized by the International Committee of The University Club in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013.
The panel also agreed that the issue of climate change was inextricably linked to economic progress and development.
“Developing countries, like Ecuador, are doing our part and it’s time for developed countries like the US to do theirs,” reminded Ambassador Cely who went on to explain Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Initiative which will preserve a portion of its country’s rainforest – the most biodiverse place on Earth – by leaving millions of barrels of oil underground and avoiding significant CO2 emissions.
At the start of the panel, Ambassador Cely noted the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who “changed the lives of millions in Venezuela and was an inspiration for so many in Latin America.
Under the leadership of President Rafael Correa, in the last five years alone, the Government of Ecuador has reduced poverty from about 38 % in 2006 to 27 % in 2012. National unemployment has also been reduced from 11 % in 2006 to 4 % in 2012. Access to secondary education has increased substantially, from 47% to 62%.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Ecuador Urges U.S. to “Keep Trade Going” to Support Fight Against Drugs
Washington, D.C. (5 March 2013)— The Embassy of Ecuador in the United States issued the following statement in response to the release of the 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) by the United States Department of State:
“We are pleased that the U.S. State Department has acknowledged the Government of Ecuador’s many successes and achievements in its ongoing fight against drugs. As in years past, the report affirms that Ecuador is not a significant drug producing country, and has taken ‘immediate’ steps to ‘eradicate’ any small-scale drug cultivation once identified.”
“The report also rightfully acknowledges the challenges associated with being ‘located between two of the world’s largest illicit drug producing countries’, and that the ‘Administration of President Rafael Correa recognized the need to increase interdiction efforts’ and has taken proactive steps accordingly. Additional measures are on the President’s agenda for his new term, including pushing through comprehensive money laundering legislation that is pending in Ecuador’s National Assembly.”
“Finally, we agree with the finding that cooperative efforts to promote the development of rural communities along Ecuador’s northern border are vital to combating drug trafficking and production. In addition to the joint efforts outlined in the report, trade preference programs such as the Andean Trade Preferences & Drug Enforcement Act play an important role in providing legal economic alternatives to drug production for poor households, such as by promoting trade with the Ecuadorian flower industry. We strongly encourage the U.S. Government to keep trade going and renew the ATPDEA this July in order to continue these efforts.”