Tuesday 21st of November 2017 | Spanish | English

Suscribirte en nuestro registro
y recibe noticias en tu correo electrónico

Regresar | Ultimas Noticias

 

 

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

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.