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Ambassador Nathalie Cely attends Environmental Justice Event in Quito this Week

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Experts explore the Best Practices in Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Ecuador.

Quito, Ecuador. From July 28th to 30th, Ambassador Nathalie Cely, in coordination with Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment, leads a meeting focused on environmental justice, human rights, exploration, remediation, sustainable growth and corporate responsibility. The meeting counts with the presence of subject-matter leaders and influentials.

This event will focus the discussions on institutions and practices for designing public policies that ensure environmental justice, protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, and ways to ensure that companies adhere and take responsibility to comply with international norms and standards of practice corporate responsibility.

The event includes a visit to the Chevron-Texaco-contaminated sites, as well as a visit to Panacocha areas.

This event will present the political and strategic guidelines that the National Government is implementing. The meeting also seeks that the attendees may be able to influence and share a positive and professional perspective of the outcomes of the event and the reality of Ecuador’s environmental landscape back in the U.S.


Embajadora Nathalie Cely presente en Evento de Justicia Ambiental en Quito esta Semana

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Expertos Exploran las Mejores Prácticas en Justicia Ambiental y Derechos Humanos en el Ecuador.

Quito, Ecuador. Del 28 al 30 de julio, La Embajadora Nathalie Cely, en coordinación con el Ministerio del Ambiente de Ecuador, preside una reunión enfocada en la justicia ambiental, derechos humanos, exploración, remediación, crecimiento sostenible y responsabilidad corporativa al cual asisten profesionales líderes e influyentes en los diferentes temas a tratar.

Este evento se centrará en conversaciones sobre instituciones y prácticas recomendadas para diseñar políticas públicas que aseguren la justicia ambiental, protección de los derechos de las poblaciones indígenas, y formas de garantizar que las empresas se adhieran y asuman la responsabilidad de cumplir con normas y estándares internacionales de responsabilidad corporativa.

Adicionalmente, se planea una visita con los invitados a las zonas contaminadas por Texaco-Chevron, como también una visita a Panacocha.

El evento permitirá presentar los lineamientos políticos y estratégicos que el Gobierno Nacional está implementando y busca que las personalidades invitadas puedan influir y replicar en los Estados Unidos la experiencia y la realidad del Ecuador desde un punto de vista positivo y profesional.


Una guía cultural del Ecuador

Monday, July 28th, 2014


El escritor de turismo Russell Maddick lleva dos años viajando por el Ecuador para tener una inmersión a la historia, cultura, gastronomía, artes y conocer las personas del país.

Hay muchos libros de viajes que te dicen hacia donde ir y qué ver, dice Maddick. Sin embargo, algo que no dicen estos libros es cómo es la gente del país y cómo es que viven. Si vienes de visita al Ecuador, vas a querer saber cómo es la gente y cómo perciben la vida.

“Debes ser culturalmente intelectual, de otra manera eres simplemente un observador. Si estás visitando Ecuador, debes entender cómo sería un día típico para un ecuatoriano”.

Luego de haber escrito sobre otros países en Latinoamérica, Maddick decidió enfocarse en Ecuador. Añadió que el país es como tres países en uno. La geografía, la biodiversidad y cultura son variadas y pueden ser exploradas en un corto periodo de tiempo.

Ecuador era una entrada de las artes europeas durante los tiempos coloniales. La Escuela Quiteña y sus artesanos trabajaron para producir arte de alto calibre. Así decoraron iglesias y otros edificios alrededor de todo Latinoamérica. Muchos hoteles ofrecen una experiencia barroca, que en definitiva es un complemento esencial luego de haber visitado la ciudad vieja.

Conocer a las personas puede ser un recorrido también, dijo Maddick. Como país, los ecuatorianos son sumamente hospitalarios. Siempre están dispuestos a ayudar y a enseñarte cómo disfrutar de la ciudad.

“La infraestructura ha mejorado tremendamente”, afirmó Maddick. “Solía tomar demasiado tiempo llegar al área de San Vicente en Chiva. Hoy día, uno puede viajar de un sitio a otro, a lo largo de la costa con mucha accesibilidad para turistas domésticos y extranjeros – las carreteras nuevas han reducido significativamente los tiempos de viaje. Quito solía ser el lugar para la política y Quayaquil para hacer negocios. Hoy, puedes hacer negocios en cualquier parte del país.

En La Sierra, las personas son un poco más reservadas. Esto soignifica que no sean hospitalarios, más bien que se toman más tiempo en conocerte. En La Costa, las personas son extrovertidas y más joviales; se siente más como estar en el Caribe. Y no podemos olvidarnos de Cuenca, en donde un clima primaveral todo el año.

Asimismo, no podemos dejar a un lado la comida exquisita que tiene este país. “Ecuador está preparado para ser la próxima gran cosa. Hay chefs jóvenes que están produciendo una versión gourmet de los platos tradicionales. La comida es una revelación para los visitantes… pudiéramos escribir un libro de comida ecuatoriana solamente”.

Finalmente, El Tri –el equipo nacional de fútbol. Es como el pegamento cultural, aseguró Maddick. Cada ecuatoriano tiene un equipo favorito, pero es impresionante ver como todo el país se unió para animar al equipo nacional durante la Copa Mundial 2014.

“Yo pienso que Ecuador está cambiando como país. Hay diferencias históricas entre las regiones, pero poco a poco ha crecido de manera unificada”.

Russel Maddick fue reportero de BBC por nueve años, en donde reportó sobre política y economía en Latinoamérica. Además, vivió en Venezuela, donde cubrió artes y turismo. Su nuevo libro se lanzará en septiembre 2014: Ecuador – Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (versión digital estará disponible via Amazon.com).


A Cultural Guide to Ecuador

Monday, July 28th, 2014


Russell Maddick, a travel writer, spent the last two years traveling across Ecuador, while learning about the people, arts, history, food, and culture.

There are many travel books that tell you where to go and what to see, Maddick says. But they don’t tell you about the people and how the people live. If you are going to visit Ecuador, you want to understand how people think and perceive life.

“You have to be culture smart, otherwise you are just an observer. If you are visiting Ecuador, you want to understand what a typical day is like for an Ecuadorian.”

After writing about other Latin American countries, Maddick decided to focus on Ecuador. The country is like three countries in one, he says. The geography, the wildlife, and culture are vast and can be explored in a short time.

Ecuador was the gateway for the European arts during colonial times. The Quito School (Escuela Quiteña) and its craftsmen worked to produce art to decorate churches and other buildings in the rest of Latin America. Many hotels offer visitors a baroque experience, which is great complement after visiting the old city—the work of native artisans.

Getting to know people can be a tour in itself, says Maddick. As a whole, Ecuadorians are very hospitable. They are always eager to help and to show you how to enjoy the country.

“Infrastructure has improved tremendously,” Maddick says. “It used to take a really long time to get to the San Vicente area in the Chiva. Nowadays, one can travel from place to place, along the coast with plenty of accessibility for domestic and foreign tourists—the new roads have significantly reduced travel times. Quito used to be the go-to place for politics and Guayaquil for business. These days, you can do business anywhere in the country.

In La Sierra, people are a little more reserved, it does not mean they don’t like you; they just like to get to know you well. In La Costa, people are more outgoing and loud; it feels like if you are in the Caribbean. And we cannot forget Cuenca, with spring weather all year round.

Specially, we cannot forget about the exquisite food. “Ecuador is ready to be the next big thing. There are young chefs who are producing the gourmet version of traditional dishes. The food is a revelation to visitors … we could write a book about food alone.”

Last but not least. El Tri—the national soccer team. It’s like cultural glue, Maddick says. Every Ecuadorian has a favorite team, but it was impressive to see how united the whole country was while cheering for their national team during the World Cup.

“I think Ecuador is changing as a country. There are historical differences among the different regions, but it has grown increasingly unified.”

Russel Maddick was a reporter for nine years at BBC, where he reported in Latin American politics and economics. He also lived in Venezuela where he covered arts and travel. His new book: Ecuador – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture will be released on September 2014 and it will be available digitally via Amazon.com.


Ecuador—Businesses and Families Welcome!

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sean O’Quin, native and long-term resident of California, fell in love at first sight with Ecuador when he first visited the country 14 years ago.

Eleven years and counting, Sean finds himself as a pharmaceutical consultant in Ecuador. As part of his job, he advises and helps local and international pharmaceutical companies establish and manage their businesses in Ecuador.

Sean is visionary and he truly believes that Ecuador could be the next Taiwan in South America. He refers to the country as a stable and fertile environment for the growth of companies looking to establish prosperous businesses.

“Many companies are scared of investing in Ecuador and Latin America in general. Like in any other country, there are rules and regulations. If you understand them, you will not have any problems. From a business perspective, you just need to have the right strategy to do business here,” Sean says.

Sean assures that he lives in a different Ecuador than the one he found 14 years ago, when he first visited the country. “The government is making a great effort to have the right infrastructure, education and to improve life,” he says. “The country’s infrastructure is supportive of commerce.”

Also a husband and a father, Sean says Ecuador is a great place to raise your family. “Ecuador is a welcoming country,” Sean adds. Great people, amazing food, many places to visit, and safe communities make it ideal.

“I feel safer in Ecuador than I do in USA,” Sean says. “Police here in Ecuador is proactive and not reactive.”

Additionally, he spoke about how the workforce is increasingly growing educated and that in the future, the country will be able to support the advanced technology industry. “Most people know about Ecuador’s bananas and shrimp, but technology is also growing.” The quality of education is improving. It is improving in the way that the country will eventually be a serious competitor to Taiwan and Korea.

“Some people are coming back,” he says. Ecuador is improving and it is improving in a global scale.