Ecuador maintains an embassy in the United States at 2535 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (tel. More information about Ecuador is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: Department of State Ecuador Page Department of State Key Officers List CIA World Factbook Ecuador Page U.
Ecuador nightlife varies greatly from the big cities of Quito and Guayaquil to the smaller towns of Banos and Montanita.
During the Summer, it’s common for Ecuadorians from around the country to vacation in Montanita.
There’s a whole contingent of young people from nearby Guayaquil who would prefer to escape the city for the beach every weekend.
In addition, the surf town’s casual vibe, and relaxed policies on marijuana, attract lots of other South Americans from Argentina, Chile and Colombia, as well as foreigners from around the world.
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More information about Ecuador is available on the Ecuador Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. S.-ECUADOR RELATIONS The United States established diplomatic relations with Ecuador in 1848 following its withdrawal from its federation with Colombia. Ecuador also gives priority to combating child labor and trafficking in persons. Ecuador is also a member of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) and of the United Nations of the South (UNASUR).
The United States and Ecuador share a history of partnership and cooperation, and have mutual interests in combating narco-trafficking, reducing poverty, fostering Ecuador's economic development, increasing trade, promoting academic exchanges, and addressing environmental conservation and biodiversity. Bilateral Representation The current Chargé d' Affaires for Ecuador is Todd C. Relations With Ecuador Human Rights Reports International Religious Freedom Reports Trafficking in Persons Reports Narcotics Control Reports Investment Climate Statements Office of the U.
Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States Francisco Borja arrived in Washington April 2015 and U. Ambassador to Ecuador Todd Chapman arrived in Quito January 2016, providing further impetus to expanded bilateral cooperation. The government has maintained Ecuador virtually free of coca production since the mid-1980s, and is working with U. support to combat money laundering and the transshipment of drugs and chemicals essential to the processing of cocaine. Bilateral Economic Relations Aside from the fossil fuel trade, the United States is Ecuador's principal trading partner. Ecuador benefits from duty-free entry into the United States for many of its products under the Generalized System of Preferences. The two countries have a bilateral investment treaty in force since 1997. Ecuador's Membership in International Organizations Ecuador and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
S.-Ecuador relations have been strained at times over the past decade, most notably when the Ecuadorian Government declared the then-U. Ambassador persona non-grata in 2011 in response to the alleged confidential cables released by Wiki Leaks, bilateral engagement between the United States and Ecuador has steadily increased in recent years. concern over narco-trafficking and the activities of illegal armed groups. Following the April 16, 2016 earthquake that hit Ecuador’s north-central coast, the United States provided over .5 million in official disaster assistance. exports to Ecuador include petroleum products, machinery, computers and electronic equipment, chemicals and fertilizers, transportation equipment, and cereals and grains. imports from Ecuador include crude oil, shrimp and prawns, bananas and plantains, cocoa, and cut flowers (roses). direct investment in Ecuador is led by the manufacturing and wholesale/retail sectors.
assistance in Ecuador, though limited since USAID departed Quito in 2014, is designed to strengthen the rule of law and civil society, improve citizen security, counter illicit trafficking, combat gender based violence, promote academic exchanges, conserve biodiversity, mitigate risk and impact of natural disasters, and address climate change.
Chapman; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.