Congress first enacted ATPDEA more than 20 years ago to help four Andean countries — Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru — fight the. Broccoli farming generates about jobs in Ecuador. When Ecuador perceived negotiations with the U.S. over keeping the ATPDEA trade tariff excepti . In a press conference this morning, Ecuadors communication secretary Fernando Alvarado announced that Ecuador would “unilaterally” renounce preferenti.
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The Correa administration granted diplomatic asylum ecuwdor 16 August to Julian Assange, who had sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London on 19 June, after losing his legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden to face an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. On 22 August the Washington Post ran an editorial contending that Correa was taking a big gamble on Assange that could backfire: Assange will give a much-needed boost to his international fcuador.
But it also could have disastrous economic consequences for his country. Congress could easily decide to diminish that privileged commercial access early next year. Assange really worth ecudaor risk? Let them keep their Atpdea, we will give them a few million for a course in ethics and human rights.
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Ecuado said it would be an absurd contradiction if the US Congress refused to extend trade preferences because of the asylum granted to Assange. He argues that Atpdea is not a gift from the US, but the corollary of a contract under which the Andean countries stepped up their fight against the drug trade in their territories.
A number of key export products, such as cut flowers and vacuum-packed tuna, benefit from Atpdea. Other exports are highly dependent on Atpdea. It is worth focusing on just one of these, for instance broccoli, to demonstrate the extent of the repercussions on Ecuador should Atpdea not be extended. This is a substantial sum as the producers of the crop are almost all monoculturists. The production and processing of broccoli provides employment for more than 12, people in the indigenous central Sierra provinces of Cotopaxi, Pichincha, Imbabura, Carchi and Chimborazo.
The US would probably increase imports from Mexico, which is a big producer, and also rubbing salt into the wounds of local producers Colombia, whose producers are benefitting from the newly signed FTA with the US and are no longer subjected to the anxiety surrounding the periodic Atpdea renewal debate.
El Telégrafo – Ecuador will pay U.S. broccoli importers extra fees
A commission comprising representatives of the Ecuadorean-American Chamber of Commerce will travel to Washington in October to meet members of congress opposed to the extension of Atpdea. By defending Assange, Correa can also wave aloft an anti-imperialist banner, portraying himself as a genuine leftist. No serious rival has emerged to challenge him in the February presidential election, but the main political threat unquestionably comes from former allies who argue that he has deserted his left-wing roots.
Intriguingly, days after Ecuador granted asylum to Julian Assange, a judge on the national court of justice rejected an extradition request from Belarus for a former police investigator who had ecuadot jailed since June. Aliaksandr Barankov, much like Assange, had argued that he could be killed if he were sent back to Belarus.
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Log in now to read the full article. Assange asylum and Atpdea: Off to Eucador A commission comprising representatives of the Ecuadorean-American Chamber of Commerce will travel to Washington in October to meet members of congress opposed to the extension of Atpdea. Belarus Intriguingly, days after Ecuador granted asylum to Julian Assange, a judge on the national court of justice rejected an extradition request from Belarus for a former police investigator who had been jailed since June.
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