On October 13 video talks between Co-Chairs of the Russian and Ecuadorian Intergovernmental Commission Sergey Dankvert, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ecuador took place.
Representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Embassy of Russia in Ecuador and National Committee on Support of Economic Cooperation with Latin American countries took part in the talks from the Russian side.
The Ecuadorian side was represented by the specialists from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Mission in Russia, Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fishery, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Agency for Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Regulation and Control (Agrocalidad), National Secretariat for Higher Education, Science, Technologies and Innovations (SENESCYT).
Sergey Dankvert congratulated Luis Gallegos Chiriboga on his appointment as the Co-Chair of the Russian and Ecuadorian Intergovernmental Commission, which has been a key tool for strengthening of bilateral trade and economic relationships for many years.
In light of recent events, the Russian party wished success to the Ecuadorian government in control of a novel coronavirus infection. The pandemic became a serious challenge, and the whole world has been given a task to adapt itself to a new economic environment.
Luis Gallegos Chiriboga informed that Ecuador takes its best efforts to reduce negative impact of COVID-19 on the economy and that it is considering the possibility of importing test kits, medicinal products and Sputnik V vaccine from Russia.
In the course of the talks, the parties could analyze in detail conditions and prospects of cooperation and identified the issues, which could be included into the agenda of the next 7th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission. Besides, Ecuadorian Ambassador Julio Prado Espinosa, who is finishing his mission in Russia, was thanked for his significant contributions to the development of relationships between the countries.
This year 75 anniversary since establishment of diplomatic contacts between Russia and Ecuador will be celebrated, which were built on the principles of mutual respect and constructive dialogues. Based on the results of the previous year Ecuador was ranked third (1.7 billion US dollars) in terms of trade turnover with Russia among the countries of Latin America. The major exported goods were fertilizers, oil and oil products, paper and carton; imported goods covered traditionally agricultural products, like bananas, crustaceans and flowers.
However, the current level of the Russian-Ecuadorian trade does not correspond to the economic potential of both countries and is characterized by a significant trade imbalance in favour of export from Ecuador.
In this context, the sides highlighted their mutual craving for acceleration in trade, increase in export volumes of high VAD products and promotion of joint projects.
In particular, there are good prospects for relationship development in the power industry, construction of thermal and water power plants in Ecuador, use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes and joint research projects in space exploration.
A separate set of issues was devoted to strengthening of cooperation in science and technologies. Ecuadoran party expressed its interest in increase of quotas on state scholarships and grants for training in Russian higher education institutions, stressing the high quality of education in the country.
The parties agreed that the fastest signing of important documents in the sphere of public health, communications, IT technologies, industry and international telecommunications would be an additional impetus for the development of bilateral relationships.
The key topic of the dialogue was the relationship in agriculture. Luis Gallegos Chiriboga informed that banana plantations affected by Sangay volcano eruption, would be back to normal operations in the next 1-2 weeks and the export volume will be recovered.
As for the exports of fish products and shrimps, the parties agreed the possibility of video inspections of Ecuadorian plants.
The interest of Russian companies in export of Artemia cysts to Ecuador was also discussed.
The parties agreed to speed-up the agreement of memorandums in phytosanitary control and plant quarantine, as well as in animal health.
A more detailed discussion of the mentioned issues will be discussed during the video conference between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ecuadorian Competent Authority.
In conclusion, the parties noted that the Russian and Ecuadorian Intergovernmental Commission is a significant and effective platform for strengthening cooperation and promotion of new projects. The dates of the 7th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission will be fixed in due course.