Bilateral Cooperation Brazil Ecuador

Lasso and Lula Set Bilateral Agenda

Lasso and Lula Set Bilateral Agenda. Ecuador and Brazil to collaborate on Environmental, Malnutrition, Security Projects.

“We start the year working from Brasilia, my dear Ecuadorians,” announced Lasso upon arrival in Brazil to attend Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidential inauguration ceremony.



The presidents of Ecuador and Brazil held an official meeting to address the need for cooperation in the fight against organized crime, the protection of the Amazon and child malnutrition.

Malnutrition, a Problem Affecting Both Nations

Malnutrition, Brazil

Noticias UOL of Brazil, listed malnutrition as one of the most urgent battles for the Lula Administration. “Before any specific health policy, the government of Brazil will need to control hunger again,” detailed the press, citing a study published in 2022 that listed 33.1 million Brazilians without guarantees of what they are going to eat and more than half of the population (58.7%) living with food insecurity to some degree.

“Last year, we again hospitalized children with acute malnutrition, in a state of marasmus and torpor. They are seriously harmed individuals, as the lack of nutrients at this stage has consequences for life,” reported the public health doctor Gonzalo Vecina Neto.

Malnutrition, Ecuador

In September 2022, the government of Ecuador presented an update on the progress of the Infancia con Futuro (infancy with a future) program, which seeks to reduce chronic child malnutrition in Ecuador. Reporting on the event, El Universal cited that Ecuador ranks second in chronic child malnutrition in Latin America, only after Guatemala. At the national level, one in three children from zero to three years old is affected y malnutrition.

The Minister of Public Health, José Ruales, stressed that the 29% of chronic child malnutrition that exists in Ecuador is not uniform across cantons and parishes of the country. He cited Cayambe or the south of Quito as reaching levels of up to 40% or 50% of malnutrition, but in other places they would not reach 4%.

Joining Forces to Tackle Problems Together

Lasso, who attended the inauguration ceremony of the Brazilian president, stayed one more day in Brazil to carry out official activities.

“It was a pleasure for me to assist the presidential inauguration of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. During our meeting we ratified our compromise with our nations and how willing both countries are to work together for everyone’s benefit,” said Lasso via a tweet.



Promising to Collaborate

The meeting between the mandates happened last Monday. In the session both promised to work together in the fight against child malnutrition; strengthen security; whereas both countries participate in the United Nations Security Council; the protection of the Amazon and the fight against organized crime.


Lasso and Lula Set Bilateral Agenda
President Guillermo Lasso met with his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in Brasília. Lasso attended the inauguration ceremony of the Brazilian president and stayed one more day in that country to carry out official activities. Image Source: Guillermo Lasso, Twitter.


Fighting Together on Common Ground

“We also highlighted the importance of protecting the Amazon, the lungs of our planet, which is an important plan for Ecuador’s government. We agree in our common interest to restore areas affected by mining activities,” Lasso said in a tweet.



Strengthening OTCA

The press secretary for Ecuador reported that the governments are “willing to work together with the countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA) to protect a territory of great benefit to humanity.”



Organization of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty (OTCA)

The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA) is an intergovernmental organization, constituted by the eight Amazonian countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, which signed the Amazon Cooperation Treaty (TCA), constituting an important socio-environmental group in Latin America.

OTCA holds a broad vision of the South-South Cooperation process and works in different dimensions: Political-diplomatic, strategic and technical, building synergies between governments, multilateral organizations, cooperation agencies, organized civil society, social movements, scientific community, sectors producers and society as a whole, within the framework of the implementation of the TCA.

The Amazon Cooperation Treaty (TCA)

The eight countries signed the Amazon Cooperation Treaty (TCA) on July 3, 1978, which is aimed at promoting the harmonious development of the Amazonian territories, in such a way that the joint actions of the Amazonian countries produce equitable and mutually beneficial results in the achievement of sustainable development of the Amazon Region.

As part of the Treaty, the Member Countries assumed a common commitment for the preservation of the environment and the rational use of the natural resources of the Amazon.

The communication’s account for Ecuador tweeted the success of the Lasso-Lula meeting, stating that the work meeting strengthened Ecuador’s relations in the region.



Ecuador-South Korea

Lasso also took advantage of his trip to Brasilia to meet with a high-level delegation from South Korea, led by the vice president of that country’s congress, Chung Jin-suk. In addition, the Ecuadorian president received an invitation from President Yoon Suk-Yeol to visit Korea in the coming months.



Ecuador and South Korea are preparing to sign a free trade agreement. In this scenario, after the meeting with the South Korean delegation in Brazil, the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Juan Carlos Holguín, indicated that the delegates of both nations highlighted their willingness to strengthen trade relations.



Increasing Exports, Trade

One of the interests of South Korea, according to the Foreign Minister, is to increase exports of Ecuadorian shrimp and cocoa, as well as to strengthen the Korean automotive industry in Ecuador.

Shrimp was consolidated in 2022 as the non-oil export product that generated the most income for Ecuador. According to the Central Bank of Ecuador, whose information dates from January to October 2022, shrimp exports exceeded USD 6.2 billion, as reported by Yalile Loaiza from Ecuador for Infobae.

In the world, Ecuador has established itself as the second largest shrimp exporter after India, according to the National Chamber of Aquaculture, cites Loaiza. “The main destination for this product is China, in addition to 40 other destinations.”

In March 2022, the dialogues between Ecuador and South Korea were reestablished for the signing of a trade agreement. The announcement came after the Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of Ecuador, Julio José Prado, and the Minister of Commerce of South Korea, Yeo Han-Koo signed a joint declaration in which they recognized the importance of a open, fair and transparent business environment, reported Infobae.

Lasso, Lula, Security Goals

During their working meeting, Lula and Lasso also discussed transnational crime and the importance of improving security. “We mentioned the importance of strengthening joint work to combat transnational crime,” said the Ecuadorian President through his twitter account.


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