The presidents of Ecuador and Mexico, Guillermo Lasso and Andrés López Obrador, In their order, they signed a joint declaration on the afternoon of November 24 in which they instruct the negotiating teams of the Productive Integration Agreement of both nations to have, within a week, a “proposal of benefit for the countries on issues related to bananas and shrimp”, which allows the proper closure of bilateral dialogues.
This is the first of six points contained in said declaration that was signed in the framework of the official visit that Lasso made to López.
Ecuadorian bananas and shrimp are sensitive products for which no agreements have been reached regarding their entry into the northern country.
In the document, Mexico reiterated its support for Ecuador to enter the Pacific Alliance as a full member once the bilateral negotiation is closed.
In addition, “they expressed their willingness to further strengthen the bilateral relationship, for which they agreed to hold the VII Meeting of the Mexico-Ecuador Consultation Mechanism on Matters of Mutual Interest in the first semester of 2023 in Mexico City.”
The leaders, according to the joint statement, “discussed the security challenges at the regional level and particularly in both countries. They reiterated their commitment to share information and exchange experiences in the fight against organized crime and in the policies implemented to search for peace in each nation. Thus, They agreed to promote the reactivation of the Mexico-Ecuador Committee for Cooperation against Drug Trafficking and Drug Dependence”.
We leave for Mexico to make an official visit where we will strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between both nations. We will strengthen our intention to advance in the negotiation process of the Free Trade Agreement. 🇪🇨🤝🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/YsFgy4NcB8
— Guillermo Lasso (@LassoGuillermo) November 23, 2022
The fifth point indicates that Lasso and López addressed the migration issue from a comprehensive perspective and under the principle of co-responsibility. They also promised to sign a Cooperation Agreement for the Fight against Human Trafficking Structures.
In addition, “they welcomed the advances in technical-scientific and educational-cultural cooperation. Ecuador reaffirmed its interest in exchanging experiences of the Sembrando Vida and Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro programs.”
At the end of his official tour, Lasso extended an invitation to the Mexican Head of State to visit Ecuador.
The Ecuadorian president plans to return to the country on November 25. (YO)