The new Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, Juan Carlos Holguín, highlighted this Friday the importance of deepening cooperation and coordinating actions to achieve the economic and social recovery of the region in the post-pandemic stage.
This was stated during her participation in the XXII Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), which is held in Buenos Aires.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the Management Report of the Pro Tempore Presidency, 2020-2021, by Mexico and transfer it to the Republic of Argentina, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Holguín recognized Mexico’s management last year, as he served as President “in one of the most difficult and uncertain times in the region as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, which has left important lessons and the conviction that it must continue to work together beyond the political agenda. “
He stressed that, since Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the regions hardest hit by the pandemic worldwide, it is important that each of the plans and programs that Celac undertakes are set in the goal of development “in order to convert the weaknesses in opportunities for advancement “.
The head of Ecuadorian diplomacy emphasized the importance of completing the immunization processes against covid-19.
Likewise, he urged Celac to maintain its position regarding the need to achieve universal, equitable and timely access to vaccines and other medicines, as well as the importance of technology transfer that allows the production of vaccines to begin.
And he recalled that until December 31, Ecuador vaccinated slightly more than 12.7 million people with the complete scheme, reaching 79.37% of the total vaccinable population of more than 16 million people over five years of age.
This is the result of “the management deployed from the diplomacy for the purchase and donation of vaccines,” said the minister, who was involved in that process as an itinerant ambassador ad honorem of the Presidency.
Holguín predicted successes for the Argentine administration at the head of the regional mechanism and pledged Ecuador’s support for the execution of the work plan and activities leading to an inclusive economic recovery after a pandemic.
Celac is a representative mechanism for political agreement, cooperation and integration of Latin American and Caribbean states that brings together 33 countries in the region since 2011 and of which Ecuador has been an active and proactive part, recalled the Foreign Ministry