Between 2017 and 2021, 17 representations were closed. Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo did not rule out the possibility of others opening, reopening or closing, but through previous analysis.
In the field of foreign service, gGovernment of Guillermo Lasso Begins his administration 85 Diplomatic Representatives Around the world, between embassies and consulates, and between countries and international organizations.
Of the 85, 44 are embassies, 36 are embassies and five are represented at the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (OAS).
These jobs abroad represent a current monthly expenditure of $ 1.1 million in salary and $ 1.4 million in additional income. This amount is added and multiplied by twelve months 30 million per yearAccording to the last three months’ record in the payroll of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Movement, there were 525 officers in foreign service in April, including staff, political allocation and administrative staff.
When Government of former President Lennon Moreno They 17 diplomatic representations were closed, A number reached after a health emergency caused by the COVID-19 epidemic that exacerbated the economic crisis, and the government took some steps to reduce costs for it.
Embassies in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Belarus, Algeria, Angola, Iran, Nicaragua, Malaysia; The embassies in Alicante, Mumbai, Vienna, Brussels, Valencia (Venezuela), Rio de Janeiro, Tabacula, The Hague – the Netherlands and Montreal were closed.
Before 2017, Former Foreign Minister Jose Valencia He said that Raphael is the Korean government, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reached a budget of $ 163 million, which was reduced to 3,103 million in the Moreno government, and the company had 1,700 officers (among officials at home and abroad), but during its tenure they were less than 400, with austerity measures.
Indicates Political allocationAs per the last cut made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in mid-May this year, the previous government registered 54 appointments in ambassadors, ministers and others. His work was completed between April and May, before the new presidential decree came into effect, either because activities had ceased or he had resigned.
With regard to these issues, new Mauricio Montalvo, president and industrial diplomat for nearly 39 years He believes his administration is recognized for respecting diplomatic life, adhering to the organic law of foreign service, defending national interests and focusing on the Ecuadorian people abroad. It does not rule out the closure, reopening or reopening of embassies, consulates and representations, but only after an analysis and planning.
As for the organizational structure, despite the recorded problems in reopening Diplomatic Academy Investigated by the Legislature’s International Relations Commission in the past, Montalo believes that the company’s ambassador in charge, Alejandro Suarez, has faith and that “there will always be room for improvement.” In addition, he plans to reopen External Relations Advisory Committee.
With regard to political allocation, he points out that appointments made in the foreign service do not always respond to the criteria promoted by law: eminent persons who have rendered appropriate services to the country; Conversely, a political distribution was made several times with exceptions for relatives, friends, comrades or political facilities.
In the political quota, Mondalo promises that President Lazo will ensure that the full diplomatic corps, 20%, is far below the limits given to him by law, which is a “healthy place” for the president to use certain representations of the country and the people who can use their personal representation. (I)