St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ecuador are moving towards deepening their relations. Ecuador, has for the first time, appointed an Ambassador to this country, since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 1st August 1989. His Excellency Galoandrés Yépez Holguín, resident Ambassador in Guatemala presented his credentials to the Governor General, His Excellency, Sir Frederick Ballantyne on Monday, 10 September 2012. The Ambassador also paid courtesy calls on the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator, the Hon. Douglas Slater and the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, His Excellency Yoel Perez-Marcano – Dean of the Diplomatic Corp.
During his visit, Ambassador Galoandrés met with other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and took the opportunity to elaborate on a proposal which aims to engage both country’s Foreign Ministry in bilateral consultation on a biennial basis. The proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) emphasizes the desire “to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between both Parties, in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter and the accepted norms of international law”. It also encourages the engagement of both Parties in various forms of cooperation in the areas of economic, trade, science and technology, culture, information, sports, and tourism.
Relations between both countries have been cordially maintained, since the established of formal ties. Ambassador Galoandrés will be working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue the development and implementation of bilateral initiatives between the two countries.
The occasion of Ambassador Galoandrés’ visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines followed almost one week after His Excellency Ramon Leets, Ambassador of Nicaragua to St. Vincent and the Grenadines presented credentials to the Governor General on 5th September 2012. Ecuador and Nicaragua, like St. Vincent and the Grenadines are members of ALBA.
The Ambassador departed the country on 12 September.