According to a statement issued today by the General Secretariat for Communication of the Ecuadorian Presidency, the virtual meeting between the two presidents was “fruitful” and discussed, among others, issues related to the pandemic and the establishment of mechanisms to deal with the health emergency.
Moreno conveyed his thanks to Xi Jinping on behalf of the Ecuadorian people for the donation of Chinese medical supplies, and stressed that his Asian interlocutor “showed his willingness to provide economic support through the closing of financial agreements.”
For his part, the Foreign Minister, José Valencia, stated that there is “a magnificent relationship of cooperation, especially, now, applied in the fight against the coronavirus.”
And he mentioned a series of projects in the framework of bilateral cooperation to control the spread of the virus, such as conferences in which specialists and epidemiologists from both countries participate.
The meeting, which was held electronically, was attended by other authorities of the Ecuadorian ministerial team, such as the Secretary General of the Presidential Cabinet, Juan Sebastián Roldán, and the Ministers of Economy and Finance, Richard Martínez, and Telecommunications, Andrés Michelena .
Among the medical equipment and supplies received from China are a negative pressure ambulance, 23 respirators, 115,7200 gloves, 76,100 N95 and KN95 masks, in addition to 846,800 surgical masks, 25,400 protective suits, 20,000 PCR test kits, 14,024 glasses of protection, 1,000 operating room gowns, 640 infrared thermometers and 400 protection caps.
Between June and October 2020, Ecuador expects to receive $ 2.4 billion in loans from two Chinese institutions: the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the China Development Bank (CDB) , the economic head revealed in late May. , Martínez. EFE