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Ecuador and Colombia will maintain the III Binational Cabinet next Monday

Ecuador and Colombia will maintain the III Binational Cabinet next Monday

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 13, 2014

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador and Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia will chair the III Binational Cabinet scheduled for Monday in the Green River canton border province of Esmeraldas, in order to advance the bilateral agenda on border areas confirmed the Foreign Ministry.

The leaders and their teams discussed the progress of the bilateral agenda and established new commitments to strengthen the development of border areas, he said.

The meeting will begin on Sunday with the meeting of deputy foreign ministers Leonardo Arízaga, of Ecuador, and Paty Londoño, of Colombia, who will review the six themes that govern the bilateral agenda: trade infrastructure and connectivity, security and defense, economic affairs and issues border, environmental and trade issues.

After the presidential meeting, Correa and Santos will sign a Joint Declaration and issue a press release.

The Binational Cabinet is an initiative that Ecuador is developing with its neighboring countries (Colombia and Peru) for several years in order to concentrate on border issues.

Last November, the foreign ministers of Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño, and Colombia, Maria Angela Holguin, discussed the progress of the bilateral relationship with development and cooperation projects in different areas to gather information ahead of the event scheduled for December 15 .

Among the issues which have resulted are the operation of the Binational Center in San Miguel, which already has two entrances which operate 24 hours a day. The other is the Rumichaca Bridge, which was rehabilitated and expanded. As well as the electrical interconnection between Puerto Espina-Puerto El Carmen, with direct benefits for the populations of border areas in Nariño (Colombia) and Santa Rosa Sucumbios in Ecuador.

A press release from the Foreign Ministry said that they are already implementing agreements for the recognition of professional qualifications for citizens of both countries and 50 scholarships in Colombia and 20 for Colombians residing in Ecuador.

It also highlights the creation of the Binational Committee Phytosanitary Measures and training to staff of more than 1,000 companies to strengthen entrepreneurship.

Ecuador and Colombia, that border on the Coast, Sierra and Amazon, have advanced substantially in the binational mechanism and pilot plan for emergency care in the border area.

He has also worked in the massification of internet in the border with 243 digital fiber kiosks in the Colombian border and 51 information centers in Ecuador to benefit nearly one million citizens in Carchi, Nariño and Putumayo, and a reduction of international roaming rates.

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