Werner Moeller Freile, president of the Moeller Group, did not finish high school; moreover, the lack of studies was not an impediment to found companies and banks (including the Bolivariano Bank) in this city. A path that will be recognized tonight when the Guayaquil Chamber of Industries (CIG) rewards him at 82 years old as the ‘Best Industrial of the Year.’
Practically there has not been a substantive development. Large factories have gone to Peru and Colombia. Ecuador has potential to become as much as an automobile producer country, but this has not happened. The development of markets, which is the basis to industrialize a country has not been taken into account.
Moeller said he does not need any help or perks from the government, “we need its understanding, facilities to work. That is not given if a payment of 5% of everything sold abroad is demanded, if that tax is undermining development. If this government continues to minimize, not understanding or supporting the effort we do, then there will never be a self-generating industry, that remains by itself, that does not require support.”