March 1, 2021

The president of Ecuador will travel to Italy, France and the Netherlands after going to Lima

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, will embark on a trip to Europe on Sunday, in which he will visit Italy, France and the Netherlands, to promote the new image of his country and foreign investments.

The European journey, which will last until July 14, was confirmed by a presidential decree.

Beyond his entourage, the document does not give an account of the exact dates he will be in each capital or of the work agenda, which according to government sources told Efe "is not yet closed."

In this new trip by countries of the European Union, the president will be accompanied by the Foreign Minister, José Valencia, the Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries, Ivan Ontaneda, and Secretaries of State Agusto Briones and Juan Sebastián Roldán .

Also part of the delegation, as usual, his wife, Rocio González, and his secretary of Communication, Eduardo Khalifé, to which the ambassadors of Ecuador in the respective countries will be added on each trip.

Sources consulted by Efe recently described the trip as "protocolar visits" to "strengthen bilateral relations."

The agenda, according to several sources, will be defined in the next 48 hours.

In Europe, the interests of Ecuador go mainly to boost bilateral trade, promote investments in the Ecuadorian economy and preserve the link with the Ecuadorian large communities, particularly those of Spain and Italy.

In Italy there are more than 100,000 Ecuadorians, concentrated mainly in the region of Lombardy (north), where about 43,000 reside, Liguria and in Rome-Perugia.

One of the main interests of the country is that the European Union cancels the need for visas that Ecuadorians have on short visits, a prerogative of which Peru and Colombia are exempt as signatories of a Multipart Agreement to which Ecuador has been late.

Moreno will travel to his first European destination, Rome, after participating this Saturday in Lima at the Summit of the Pacific Alliance.

Government sources told Efe that the president will return on Saturday to Quito and, the next day, will begin his second trip.

In a new strategy of opening to the world after ten years of government of Rafael Correa (2007-2017), Ecuador asked for integration in the Pacific Alliance, of which its neighbors Peru and Colombia, as well as Mexico and Chile, are part of. together, they contribute 39% of Latin America's GDP.

"Ecuador has indicated its interest to be linked as a State Party (full member) of the Pacific Alliance, without prejudice to the progress that can be achieved in its association negotiations," said the Secretary of Communication when reporting on Moreno's participation in the appointment of Lima.

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