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APERTURA DE CONSULADOS ECUATORIANOS EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embajada del Ecuador en Washington D.C., informan que, de acuerdo con la política gubernamental de ampliar el alcance de la atención consular para los ciudadanos ecuatorianos residentes en el exterior, se ha considerado oportuno la apertura de nuevos Consulados ecuatorianos en Estados Unidos, en las ciudades de: New Haven (Connecticut); New Orleans, (Louisiana); Minneapolis, (Minnesota); Atlanta, (Georgia) y Phoenix, (Arizona).

Cabe reiterar que el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embajada del Ecuador en Washington D.C., continuarán estudiando la existencia de otras localidades donde se justifique la apertura de consulados para poder atender mejor las necesidades y requerimientos de los compatriotas residentes en Estados Unidos.


ECUATORIANA PREMIADA EN EEUU

Friday, September 12th, 2008

09/11/2008

La Embajada del Ecuador en Estados Unidos, informa que la Agencia de Desarrollo de Negocios de las Minorías del Departamento de Comercio de los Estados Unidos, otorgó el Premio Nacional como Directora Pionera del Año, a la empresaria ecuatoriana Nina Vaca, Presidente de la empresa “Pinnade Technical Resources Inc.”

La ceremonia de entrega del premio a la mencionada empresaria ecuatoriana se la realizó en la ciudad de Washington D.C., en un acto solemne con el cual culminó la 26 Conferencia Anual “Semana Nacional de Desarrollo de los Negocios de las Minorías”.

Dicho reconocimiento fue creado para reconocer a los empresarios cuyo liderazgo ha contribuido al desarrollo de nuevas, emergentes y exitosas empresas en los Estados Unidos

El logro alcanzado por esta joven y emprendedora empresaria ecuatoriana constituye un motivo de orgullo para el país y es un reconocimiento de los aspectos positivos de la migración ecuatoriana en Estados Unidos


LETTER OF AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Friday, September 12th, 2008

8/18/08

To the Editor,

Your editorial “Banana Republic Behavior, cont.” (August 18, 2008), incorrectly accused Ecuador of a “multibillion dollar legal shakedown of Chevron.” In fact, the Chevron case is a civil lawsuit brought by indigenous communities represented as private plaintiffs by an American attorney.

Of greater concern is the omission of Ecuador as a key partner in the war on drugs. Ecuador’s role in this fight has been applauded by President Bush, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of State and the Department of Defense. Indeed, Ecuador is the only country in the Andean region with zero coca cultivation. President Rafael Correa also remains resolute in combating irregular groups. Our troops have destroyed 47 irregular encampments in 2007 and 54 in 2008 along the Ecuador-Colombia border, including training facilities and drug processing laboratories .

Ecuador spends blood and treasure to keep narco-traffickers out, with a full quarter of our armed forces dedicated to the border and more than 140 million dollars spent annually. We are hopeful that the U.S. Congress values our success enough to renew the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).

Sincerely,

Ambassador Luis Gallegos

Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador

2535 15th Street NW

Washington, DC 20009


LETTER OF AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Washington, Aug. 28, 2008
To the Editor:
“Mr. Uribe’s Choice” (editorial, Aug. 22) lumps together the presidents
of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela as “authoritarian-minded
leaders.” This undermines a more accurate vision of a region of individual
countries with unique domestic challenges and proposals.
The reality is that an overwhelming majority of Ecuadoreans voted for
change when they elected President Rafael Correa and when they backed the
Constituent Assembly.
The Assembly’s proposed constitution would make our election process
similar to the United States’ system by allowing presidential candidates to
run for two consecutive four-year terms.
This change will make politicians more accountable, not less, since they
will have to stand for re-election. And the new constitution will be
enacted only if approved by citizens in a national referendum set for Sept. 28.
Giving average Ecuadoreans greater control over their government has been
and will be a hallmark of the Correa administration.
Luis Gallegos
Ambassador of Ecuador


LETTER OF AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR TO THE MIAMI HERALD

Friday, September 12th, 2008

August 20, 2008

To the Editor,

I agree with Marifeli Perez-Stable that “two presidential terms is enough” (“Two Presidential Terms is Enough”, Marifeli Perez-Stable, August 28, 2008). Ecuador’s proposed constitution would establish an electoral process similar to that of the United States under which a candidate may only run for two consecutive terms. President Rafael Correa is an ardent supporter of the proposal and has been campaigning on behalf of the new constitution, which will be voted on in a national referendum on September 28.

In addition to limiting the ability of presidents to serve for more than 8 years in two consecutive four-year terms, the new constitution also provides a mechanism for the National Assembly to revoke the president’s mandate.

This is why it was surprising to see President Correa listed by Perez-Stable as an example of leaders who are “intent on retaining power for a long time.” The provisions of the new Constitution, and President Correa’s efforts to pass them, are hardly consistent with the behavior of one intent on retaining power.

Sincerely,

Ambassador Luis Gallegos

Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador

2535 15th Street NW

Washington, DC 20009