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Friday, April 27th, 2012

Adam Namm Confirmed as New United States Ambassador to Ecuador

Following the confirmation of Adam Namm as the new United States Ambassador to Ecuador, Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States, issued the following statement:

“We welcome the confirmation of Mr. Adam Namm as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Government of Ecuador, which allows us to complete the process of restoring full diplomatic relations at the Ambassador level.

It is in the interest of the government of President Rafael Correa to promote a relationship with the United States based on mutual respect.

The arrival of Ambassador Namm in Ecuador will help encourage a healthy bilateral dialogue that will allow us to continue strengthening our relationship. Vital topics for such a dialogue include five issues: trade and development; cooperation; security; immigration and the environment.”

Washington DC, April 27, 2012


Friday, April 27th, 2012

Nos congratulamos por la confirmación del señor Adam Namm como el nuevo Embajador de Estados Unidos ante el Gobierno del Ecuador, debido a que con ello culminamos el proceso mediante el cual se normalizan las relaciones diplomáticas, una vez que ambos países contaran con sus respectivos Embajadores en sus capitales.

Está en el interés del Gobierno del Presidente Rafael Correa impulsar una relación de mutuo respeto con Estados Unidos.

Con la llegada del Embajador Namm a Ecuador impulsaremos el Dialogo Bilateral, que es un mecanismo de consultas diplomáticas a través del cual pasaremos revista a todos aquellos temas relevantes en la relación bilateral. Este foro de discusiones se circunscribe en 5 ejes: comercio y desarrollo; cooperación; seguridad; movilidad humana e inmigración; y medio ambiente.

Washington DC, 27 de abril de 2012


Friday, April 27th, 2012

Video “Ecuador desde Afuera”

Parte 1

Parte 2


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Donation for Alice in Wonderland Ball Underscores Responsible, Sustainable Flower Industry

Washington, DC – A donation of 5,000 roses from the Embassy of Ecuador and Ecuador’s national association of flower producers and exporters (EXPOFLORES) to the Washington Ballet (TWB) for the Alice in Wonderland Ball on April 26 highlighted Ecuador’s position as a global leader in responsible flower production. A combination of Ecuador’s red, pink and white roses will be showcased at the event, held to support the ballet’s philanthropic outreach, as the Rose Garden of the Queen of Hearts.

“We’re proud and honored to work with the Washington Ballet and share our country’s magnificent roses,” said Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States. “The roses on display are an important symbol of the good jobs they represent in Ecuador and they’re certainly fit for a Queen.”

“The Washington Ballet is thrilled to have the support of the Embassy of Ecuador and the Association of Growers for our annual gala, the Alice in Wonderland Ball,” said TWB’s Executive Director, Peter Branch. “Their donation of 5,000 Ecuadorian grown roses will complete the Queen of Hearts rose garden that is sure to amaze our guests at the gala.”

Ecuadorian roses are granted duty free entry into the United States under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), which helps protect and create jobs for Ecuadorians and in the United States. Ecuador exported $678 million of flowers in 2011 – almost a quarter of the country’s entire agricultural exports. The United States is far and away Ecuador’s top market for flowers, receiving more than 40 percent of all flower exports.

The Ecuadorian flower industry is known for its responsible practices, high quality products and more than 400 varieties of roses. The industry has helped change the country’s rural economies, creating job opportunities for women – who represent more than half the of flower industry workers.

The Washington Post Doesn’t Like Populist Governments in Latin America

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

In keeping with its new journalism model of eviscerating the distinction between news and editorial positions, the Washington Post told readers in a news article that “populism is running out of gas in Latin America,” using the words of Arturo Porzecanski, a Uruguayan economist who teaches at American University in Washington. Mr. Porzecanski is one of several critical voices used as sources for the piece.  (The only statement from a supporter of the populist governments is a comment from Venezuela’s oil minister, which appears to have been given at a press conference.)

The data do not seem to agree with Mr. Porzecanski. The piece mentions 11 countries in Latin America, 5 of which (Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela) it identifies as populist. The chart below shows per capita GDP growth in each country either from 2000-2011 or from the year when a populist government assumed power until 2011. (Argentina’s growth is shown from 2000 because the economy was in a steep downturn in 2002 when the first Kirchner government took power.)

There is certainly no case here that the populist governments, as identified by the Post, are doing worse than the Post favorites. Argentina ranks second among the whole group with an average per capita growth rate that is more than 3.5 percentage points above WAPO favorite Mexico. Bolivia and Ecuador are very much in the middle of the pack, even though the relatively brief period of populist rule includes the years of the world economic crisis. (Ecuador’s growth would put it above both Chile and Colombia for the period that overlaps with populist rule and Uruguay’s growth puts it above Chile for the period of overlap.) Even relatively slow-growing Venezuela has seen more rapid growth under populist rule than in the prior two decades when per capita GDP fell.

There has also been a substantial reduction in inequality in the countries the Post identified as populist (as opposed to an increase in inequality in Mexico). This means that the typical person in these countries has likely seen a sharp improvement in living standards.

Ironically the context for this piece is the decision by Argentina’s government to re-nationalize the largest oil company in the country. (It had been privatized in the 90s.) Several of the countries held up by the Post as models, notably Brazil and Mexico, already have state owned oil companies.

Source: CEPR