Ecuador to the US: You’re not the boss of us

Jul 30, 2016 | 0 comments

The Ecuadorean government struck back at criticism from the United States Friday saying that it does not have the right or the mandate to criticize the internal policies of foreign countries.

chl long

Foreign Minister Guillaume Long

“The United States has no international or multilateral mandate … to go around judging countries, to play the role of judge of the world. No country has that right, there are international bodies for that,” said Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Guillaume Long.

The latest spat between Quito and Washington comes as the result of a report by the U.S. Department of State that included Ecuador in a list of 57 countries that apparently do not meet fiscal transparency levels established by the government of the United States.

The Foreign Ministry said these standards were “arbitrary.”

“The Ecuadorean Foreign Ministry expresses its serious concern about the creation of unilateral and biased reports that unfairly harm our country’s international image,” read an earlier statement issued by the ministry.

Long said it was “ironic” that a country that is “home to many tax havens” would think it appropriate to criticize other governments regarding their transparency.

Ecuador has recently set out to tackle tax havens, leading an international campaign to address the issue and taking measures domestically to rein in their use.

President Rafael Correa is seeking a mandate from the Ecuadorean people that would prevent politicians and public servants who store their money in offshore tax havens from holding public office.

Meanwhile, Long was recently at the Vatican to propose measures to eliminate tax havens throughout the world.

Long suggested that it was perhaps this campaign that was motivating efforts to disparage Ecuador.

“It is no coincidence that, now that we are in a global crusade for ethical pact, some badly intentioned countries want to take away our credibility,” said Long.

According to Long, the Correa administration, the country has taken a number of steps to increase transparency, including the passage of Organic Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information and the Organic Law on Citizen Participation and Social Control, which set out strict standards for public fiscal transparency.

_________________

Credit: Telesur, www.telesurtv.net

CuencaHighLife

Dani News

Google ad

Thai Lotus News

Fund Grace News

Quinta Maria News

Gran Colombia Suites News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of April 07

Ecuadorian coffee production is in decline and now supplies only 50% of national consumption.

Read more

Evaluating the Impact of Ecuador-Mexico Diplomatic Strain on Trade Relations.

Read more

The contribution of hydroelectric plants is declining, and Colombia is reducing electricity sales to Ecuador.

Read more

Hogar Esperanza News

Google ad

Amazon Eco lodge News