Ecuador and China will sign 15 agreements in technology, education and visa exemption

Ecuador y China suscribirán 15 convenios para las áreas tecnológica, educativa y exención de visas

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Ricardo Patiño and the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, will sign the “Agreement on mutual visa” in a special ceremony that the President will be present in Beijing, as part of Rafael Correa’s official visit in China. This agreement is part of the 15 conventions for education, strategic sectors, science and technology that will be signed tomorrow, Wednesday.

The “Agreement on mutual visa” abolish the visa requirement for Chinese citizens to enter Ecuador for 90 days and, Ecuadorians may enter without a visa to China for 30 days. This was announced by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño who will sign the agreement on behalf of the Ecuadorian Government.

It should be noted that when 100 million Chinese travel abroad as tourists and it is estimated that in 2020 there will be about 200 million Chinese tourists traveling to various destinations. In that sense, the agreement aims to strengthen the presence of these tourists and one of the incentives is precisely the visa exemption that allow potentiate tourism in Ecuador.

In Shanghai, two agreements for the construction of a shipyard and other related scientific research aimed at developing a geological map and mineral resources in the country.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said on Wednesday that the president will hold meetings with senior officials including Prime Minister, Li Keqiang and President of the National Committee of the Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese people (Chinese top political advisor organism) Yu Zhengsheng. With Li Keqiang increased scholarships, deepening cooperation in science and technology, support Yachay (City of Knowledge) and university exchange will arise.

Ecuador and China have a close relationship in several areas, currently being built in Ecuador with a significant contribution of Chinese capital, several projects in strategic sectors.

New projects such as the Pacific Refinery and basic industries, as well as the ability to significantly increase exports of Ecuadorian products to China are analyzed.

China is one of the ten most populous countries in the world, only one of their cities such as Beijing has about 20 million inhabitants, which represents an important trade partner for Ecuador. Precisely for this reason, the government of President Rafael Correa ordered the opening of three commercial offices in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.