Posted On 23 Jun 2017
A disagreement. The Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS) see from different points of view the report of the National Audit Office stating a debt of 2.878 million dollars owed by the State to the Social Security.
Richard Espinosa, Chairman of the Board of the IESS, assured that the debt exists and it is only necessary to establish payment mechanisms. Next week, the board of directors of the IESS will meet to “incorporate the debt” into their balance sheets.
Carlos de la Torre, Minister of Economy and Finance, is on the other pole. He believes that the report only “opens the door to doubts.” In an interview, the official said that there is still “no certainty” of a “potential debt.”
Espinosa explained, for his part, that next week he will formally notify the report to De la Torre. Both, despite being in a contradiction, assure that the relationship is cordial.
For former Comptroller General Marcelo Merlo, the controversy should not last long. He claims that a report from the National Audit Office Office, as the one disclosed Tuesday, is mandatory. It is not possible, he said, to consider the study as an additional evidence to determine whether or not there are accounts payable. (I)