Losses from sales in the productive sector (commerce, industries and construction), derived from the national strike, are around $193 million. This is a provisional figure issued, this Thursday, June 23, 2022, by the presidents of the Chambers of Commerce, Construction and Industries of Guayaquil, who presented a giant banner on the facade of the Las Cámaras building with the phrase “Those who want peace we are more” and the hashtags #YonoPAROyotrabajo.
Francisco Jarrín, president of the Chamber of Industries of Guayaquil, He maintained that of those $193 million, the industrial sector corresponds to 15%, that is, around $29 million.
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Likewise, he called on the indigenous leadership to sit down and talk with the government, assuring that the demonstrations are generating food shortages throughout the country.
“The stoppages are generating distance between Ecuadorians, we came with figures that already allowed us to think of an economic reactivation (…) the protest must end, and dialogue must be the best option to find those solutions that Ecuadorians need so much,” said Jarrín, who called on the leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), to depose attitudes and dialogue with the regime, but was also harsh in pointing out that those responsible for the violence during the strike should be prosecuted.
For its part, Miguel Ángel González, president of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce (CCG)called on the National Assembly to maintain the state of emergency and indicated that the figures for lost sales do not quantify the damage to public and private property, nor the loss of jobs.
He added that the most affected are workers in the informal sector, who are 7 out of 10 Ecuadorians.
“The ball is in Conaie’s court, in Mr. Iza’s court,” said González, who is also president of the Ecuadorian Business Committee (CEE) and highlighted the opening of the President of the Republic, Guillermo Lasso, to dialogue.
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However, he also called on the indigenous leadership to accept the dialogue, but without impositions or blackmail, but with a real attitude of wanting to find a solution.
While, Carlos Repetto, president of the Chamber of Construction of Guayaquilexplained that in other sectors there may be companies that, due to their size, can recover what they stop selling due to the mobilizations, but indicated that for the construction sector “what is not produced today, will not be recovered tomorrow.”
“The mobilizations must be paralyzed immediately, Mr. Iza must sit down to dialogue, because if he no longer wants to dialogue, the only thing he wants is chaos and continue causing damage to the country,” Repetto said. (YO)