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Insurance rule for visitors is ‘on’ again, UN team reviews tram, European case against Correa

Ecuador diplomats instructed on case against Correa

When it comes to the legal status of former president Rafael Correa, Foreign Minister José Valencia wants all Ecuadorian diplomats working in Europe to be on the same page. “We must be clear in our facts in this case so there is no confusion in what we tell EU (European Union) governments,” says Valencia. “There is a warrant for Mr. Correa’s arrest and we want him extradited to Ecuador. We need complete alignment among our diplomatic corp of all information regarding this issue.” He added that his office has created a team to work with Ecuadorian ambassadors and their staffs in Europe to clarify charges against the former president in a 2012 kidnapping case.

UN technical team looks at tram progress
Tram construction on Av. España. (El Tiempo)

A team of transportation experts from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is in Cuenca to examine progress of the city’s tram project. On Friday, the team toured the rail yard on Av. Mexico. According to Ecuador Minister of Public Works, Boris Palacios, the UN team will examine work locations as well as project documents to determine that quality standards are being met and that the project is on schedule for the October completion date. “The government has invested a great amount of money on the tram and we want to make sure it is money well-spent,” Palacios says. The team will be in Cuenca through next week and will issue a report to the government when it completes its work.

Insurance will be required for foreign visitors in September

The “on-again, off-again” requirement that foreigners visiting Ecuador show proof of health insurance is back on again, according to the Secretariat of Communication (Secom). Based on a decree signed by President Lenin Moreno on July 13, all foreigners entering the country will be required to show proof of health insurance beginning September 10. The implementation of the insurance rule for visitors, part of the 2016 Human Mobility Law that revised immigration regulations, has been delayed three times since early 2017. In May, Secom announced the health insurance requirement was “under review.”