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ECUADOR PROMOTES THE CITIZENS’ REVOLUTION ACHIEVEMENTS IN WASHINGTON D.C. DURING THE PARTICIPATION OF VICE MINISTER LEONARDO ARÍZAGA IN THE XIX ANNUAL CAF CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE GROWING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Political Integration, Ambassador Leonardo Arízaga, gave a lecture this morning at Georgetown University in Washington DC, on the achievements and challenges of Ecuador’s Citizen Revolution. The conference was attended by students, academics, and officials of the United States Congress and the Organization of American States.

Vice Minister Arízaga emphasized the common good and the good living of the Ecuadorian people, while stressing the great transformations of the country, the priority of spending on social programs, education, housing, and health. He discussed the reduction of poverty, unemployment and underemployment and how the Citizens’ Revolution promoted the protection of workers’ rights. He further mentioned the changes in the country’s progress on infrastructure and public safety for the disabled.

He also referred to the challenges Ecuador is currently facing, such as low oil prices, currency depreciation in neighboring countries, and a strong dollar, among other issues.

Following that event he took part in a panel discussion at the XIX Annual CAF Conference, entitled: “Relations between Latin America and Asia: Enchantment or Deception.”

During the CAF conference, Vice Minister Arízaga highlighted the progress and achievements of some Asian countries, like China, in regards to the standards of living of its population. He also referred to the bi-regional relationship between Latin America and Asia, primarily in the areas of trade, investment, cooperation science and technology.

He highlighted Ecuador’s experience in its relation with China, and how it is reflected in the various projects being executed with Chinese funding, such as the development of power generation projects, water, mining, oil that will allow the country to change its energy matrix.

In his capacity as President Pro Tempore of the National Coordinators of CELAC, Vice Minister Arízaga said the bi-regional strategic relationship between the two regions has enormous possibilities, such as China’s offering to finance USD $ 65 billion in infrastructure and industrial projects, as well as wanting to increase bi-regional trade of US $ 250 billion to $ 500 billion and investments of $ 250 billion in the region over the next 10 years.

In this context, he addressed the challenges Ecuador must work on proactively in a sub regional, regional and bi-regional level to achieve the proposed objectives of integration.


ECUADOR PROMOCIONA LOS LOGROS DE LA REVOLUCION CIUDADANA EN WASHINGTON D.C. Y CON OCASIÓN DE LA XIX CONFERENCIA ANUAL DE LA CAF, EL VICECANCILLER ARÍZAGA DESTACA EL ESTRECHO RELACIONAMIENTO DE AMERÍCA LATINA CON ASIA

Friday, September 11th, 2015

El Viceministro de Relaciones Exteriores e Integración Política, Embajador Leonardo Arízaga, dio esta mañana una conferencia en la Universidad de Georgetown, en Washington D.C., sobre los logros y desafíos de la Revolución Ciudadana. A la conferencia asistieron estudiantes, académicos, y funcionarios del Congreso de los Estados Unidos y de la Organización de Estados Americanos.

El Viceministro Arízaga se refirió al bien común y buen vivir de la población ecuatoriana, al tiempo que destacó las grandes transformaciones de nuestra sociedad, la priorización del gasto en programas sociales, de educación, vivienda y de salud. Hizo referencia a la reducción de los índices de pobreza, del desempleo y subempleo y cómo se ha impulsado la protección de los derechos del trabajador. Mencionó, además, los cambios en la infraestructura del país, los avances en materia de seguridad ciudadana y a favor de las personas con discapacidad.

Asimismo, se refirió a los retos que enfrenta el país, tales como el bajo precio del petróleo, la depreciación acaecida en los países vecinos, un dólar fuerte, entre otros asuntos.

Adicionalmente, en la tarde participó en una de las sesiones de la XIX Conferencia Anual de la CAF, denominada: “Las relaciones entre América Latina y Asia: Encantamiento o Decepción”.

En este evento, el Embajador Arízaga destacó la evolución y los logros alcanzados por algunos países asiáticos, como China, fundamentalmente en lo que respecta al nivel de vida de su población. También se refirió a la relación birregional de América Latina y Asia, principalmente en los ámbitos comercial, de inversión, de cooperación y de ciencia y tecnología.

Hizo énfasis, además, en la experiencia de Ecuador en su relacionamiento con China, que se refleja en los diversos proyectos que están siendo ejecutados con financiamiento chino, como por ejemplo el desarrollo de proyectos de generación eléctrica, hidrícos, mineros, petroleros que van a permitir cambiar la matriz energética del país.

En su calidad de Presidente Pro Tempore de los Coordinadores Nacionales de la CELAC, el Embajador Arízaga, señaló que la relación birregional es estratégica y que existe entre ambas regiones enormes posibilidades tales como el ofrecimiento de China de financiar USD $ 65 mil millones en proyectos de infraestructura e industriales, además de querer incrementar el comercio birregional de US$250 mil millones a USD$ 500 mil millones y de invertir USD $ 250.000 millones en la región en los próximos 10 años.

En este marco, destacó los desafíos sobre los cuales se debe trabajar, de manera proactiva, a nivel subregional, regional y birregional para alcanzar los objetivos de integración propuestos.


ECUADOR MUESTRA SU PORTAFOLIO TURÍSTICO DURANTE ASTA GLOBAL CONVENTION 2015

Friday, September 4th, 2015

La Embajada del Ecuador en Washington, DC participó en la Expo ASTA Global Convention 2015 para promover los destinos turísticos del Ecuador.

La Embajada del Ecuador en Washington, DC, participó en la expo ASTA Global Convention como parte de su estrategia para ayudar a posicionar al Ecuador como un destino turístico de clase mundial entre los principales actores de la industria del turismo en los Estados Unidos, uno de los cinco mercados clave para el sector turístico ecuatoriano.

La participación de la Embajada en este reconocido evento comenzó el 29 de agosto, cuando abrió sus puertas a 80 agentes de viajes estadounidenses para compartir una presentación sobre la industria turística de Ecuador, destinos y los últimos acontecimientos de la de la campaña All You Need Is Ecuador, seguido de una sesión de degustación de platillos tradicionales de la cocina ecuatoriana.

Como patrocinador del ASTA Global Convention, la Embajada también participó en una feria de turismo de dos días con la puesta de un stand para promover la cartera de turismo de Ecuador entre los operadores y proveedores turísticos de todo el mundo, lo cual representa una oportunidad para conectar y establecer nuevas relaciones comerciales.

“La expo ASTA Global Convention es una oportunidad para poder presentar las variados y maravillosos destinos turísticos que Ecuador tiene para ofrecer al mercado estadounidense”, dijo Francisco Borja, Embajador Ecuatoriano en los Estados Unidos. “Queremos que todos sepan que la marca de nuestro país ‘Ecuador Ama la Vida’ representa un fuerte compromiso con el turismo responsable, que busca aumentar el número de visitantes a nuestro país, aunado con la protección y la preservación de nuestros recursos naturales.”

El departamento de comunicaciones y cultura de la Embajada también participaron en el ‘Panel de Sostenibilidad’ de la convención, donde la Embajada tuvo la oportunidad de compartir la experiencia de Ecuador en la adopción e implementación de prácticas de turismo sostenible.

La expo ASTA Global Convention 2015 recibió aproximadamente a unos 700 invitados y unos 450 delegados. Las empresas miembros de ASTA representan aproximadamente el 83% de las ventas anuales producidos por agencias de viajes en los Estados Unidos, con un total de 152 mil millones en ventas en el 2014. ASTA fue creado en 1931 y es la mayor sociedad de agentes de viajes en el mundo con más de 6,500 miembros.


ECUADOR SHOWCASES TOURIST PORTFOLIO AT THE 2015 ASTA GLOBAL CONVENTION

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, DC participated in the 2015 ASTA Global Convention to Promote Ecuador’s Tourist Destinations

September 2, 2015 (Washington, DC) – The Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, D.C., participated in the 2015 ASTA Global Convention as part of its strategy to help position Ecuador as a World-class touristic destination among key players of the tourism industry in the United States, one of the top five key tourism markets for Ecuador.

The Embassy’s participation in this renowned tourism event started on August 29th, when it opened its doors to 80 U.S. travel agents for a presentation on Ecuador’s tourism industry, destinations and developments of the All You Need is Ecuador campaign, followed by a tasting session of traditional Ecuadorian dishes.

As a sponsor of the ASTA Global Convention, the Embassy also took part in a two-day tourism trade show hosting an exhibition booth to promote Ecuador’s tourism portfolio among tour operators, and travel suppliers from around the world to connect and establish new business relationships.

“ASTA Global Convention is an opportunity to for us to present the vast and wonderful touristic destinations Ecuador has to offer to the American market,” said Francisco Borja, Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States. “We want everyone to know that Ecuador’s country brand, ‘Ecuador Loves Life’ represents a strong commitment to responsible tourism that seeks to increase the number of visitors to our county while protecting and preserving our natural resources.”

The Embassy’s Communications and Cultural department also participated in the convention’s ‘Sustainability Panel’, where the embassy had the opportunity to share Ecuador’s experience in adopting and implementing sustainable tourism practices.

This year’s ASTA Global Convention hosted around 700 guests and approximately 450 delegates. ASTA member companies account for an estimated 83% of annual sales produced by travel agencies in the United States, totaling 152 billion in sales in 2014. ASTA was created in 1931 and is the largest society of travel agents in the world with over 6,500 members.


ANDRES CHONG-QUI: ECUADORIAN TRAILBLAZER MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE U.S. PUBLIC SECTOR

Friday, September 4th, 2015

With visible excitement and a smile on his face, Andres Chong-Qui Torres tells us about his beautiful Ecuador. Andres was born and raised in Guayaquil, home to his early achievements as a student and soccer player. He completed his primary education at the Instituto Particular Abdón Calderón and the first two years of his secondary education at el Colegio Javier, a Jesuit prep school that Pope Francis himself visited during his last trip to Ecuador. Andres is a Barcelona S.C. fanatic, loves Ecuador’s delicious cuisine, and rejoices in its multicultural society and biodiversity. Andres lives, celebrates, and showcases his roots with pride.

Andres migrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of 14, fleeing a dire socioeconomic situation and political instability- like thousands of other Ecuadorians in the early 2000’s. Upon his arrival to Miami, FL, he quickly realized he had to surpass substantial language and cultural barriers in order to achieve his professional goals.

Andres’s discipline and relentless drive to succeed were instrumental in exiting the ESL (English as a Second Language) program, which in turn allowed him to take Advanced Placement courses that put him on a path to college. He earned the support and recognition of his teachers and mentors by taking risks, and as a result obtained the best education possible. His hard work paid off, and he graduated at the top of his class and was admitted to Vanderbilt University.

His academic and personal experiences instilled in him a passion for public service. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Spanish & Portuguese, Andres got accepted into Teach for America (TFA), a prestigious educational non-profit whose main objective is to end the education achievement gap in America. Through TFA, Andres returned to his community in South Florida to educate, mentor, and motivate students who had upbringings similar to his. During his tenure as an educator, he learned valuable lessons, including how to motivate, empower, and represent voiceless groups, as well as backwards-plan solutions to complex problems that tend to alienate the most vulnerable members of a community.

As an immigrant and first-generation college student, he understood the need to address failed policies that perpetuate educational and economic inequality, especially when inaction stems from underrepresentation of Latinos and other minorities in public office. His career in public service began as a field organizer during President Obama’s re-election campaign. He then set out to enhance his skills in D.C. by working at a think tank advocating for educational equity, immigration reform, and economic strategies that facilitate job creation.

After much sacrifice and a bit of luck, President Obama appointed him to work at the Department of the Treasury in the office of International Affairs. Today, he is part of a team that works tirelessly to maintain global financial stability and is able to observe first hand how his work impacts the American economy and the rest of the world.

Andres acknowledges that his success would not have been possible without the guidance of his parents, teachers, and mentors, as well as the invaluable experiences gained while growing up in Ecuador and the underprivileged communities he served in.

Andres strongly believes in advocating for policies that guarantee a quality education to all children regardless of their socioeconomic or ethnic background. He encourages Latinos and other minority youth to take pride in their roots, fight for the causes they feel passionate about, and seek to represent the voiceless in positions of influence.