The diplomat highlighted the US decision to renew the GSP in favor of exports from Ecuador. The designated ambassador of Ecuador in the United States, Francisco Carrión, assured Efe today that in the diplomatic mission, which he will assume next year, he will seek to deepen the meeting points, as well as mitigate those of disagreement. Among the meeting points in the commercial area, the diplomat mentioned, for example, the definition of the new Ecuadorian products that the United States wants to import to secure the market.
Who was chancellor between 2005 and 2007, highlighted the recent US decision to renew the General System of Tariff Preferences (GSP) in favor of exports from Ecuador. The Foreign Ministry indicated last week that President Donald Trump, on the recommendation of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), signed a “Presidential Proclamation on various trade issues,” including the GSP confirming that Ecuador keeps in this scheme
“This action confirms that Ecuador complies with the so-called eligibility criteria, which are political, social and economic-commercial, to benefit from this system, as it has been proposed by the Ecuadorian Government,” said the Foreign Ministry, it’s a statement.
For the designated ambassador and who has already received the blessing of Washington, the renewal “is already a sign of the positive will of the United States to Ecuador,” as it is a unilateral decision, he said. Carrión, who was ambassador of Ecuador in Spain between 2000 and 2005, and who has held diplomatic positions in the embassies of France and England, will also look for meeting points in matters of investment and in the fight against drug trafficking.
He indicated that in Ecuador the fight against drug trafficking “has been very efficient, not because of the imposition of the United States, but because of its own conviction and compliance with international conventions.” Carrión, an academic and who has worked on issues of regionalization in Latin America, also highlighted the importance of fighting terrorism and joining efforts from Ecuador, a country that has not suffered such direct attacks, but some of which citizens have been affected in events occurred in other nations.
He recalled, for example, that in the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 in New York, Ecuadorians also died, as well as in the attack on the Atocha station when he presided over the diplomatic legation in Madrid. “Terrorism has no barriers and, not because there have been no acts of terrorism in Ecuador, the country has not suffered,” he said, stressing that the nation is obliged to contribute to the fight against terrorism, one of the fundamental issues also in US policy Among the meeting points, Carrión also mentioned the fight against organized international crime and pointed out that in the areas where there are no coincidences, mechanisms should be sought “to mitigate the negative impact for one or the other country”.
He commented that matters related to migration is a “point of disagreement” where Ecuador has a position and the United States and President Donald Trump, another “totally different”.
Therefore, he stressed in the interview with Efe that one of its functions will be to look for mechanisms, formulas that allow protecting Ecuadorians who are in the United States, Ecuador’s main trading partner. Carrión, who was also vice chancellor of Ecuador, was optimistic of the efforts he will develop in the United States, where he will apply a macro objective of “contributing to development”, which includes promoting trade, investment, technology transfer, knowledge, among others, he said.
The diplomat insisted that they should look for “meeting points” within the “enormous asymmetry” that exists between the two countries, on the “basis, undoubtedly, of absolute respect and non-interference in internal affairs of other states.” (I)