Ecuador's 2021 Foreign Trade Agenda

Production and Trade Minister Iván Ontaneda discussed Ecuador’s recent trade agreements and how the Moreno government is leaving a legacy of open markets.


  • Iván Ontaneda, Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of Ecuador
  • Ivonne Baki, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States
  • Daniel Legarda, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Steve Liston, Senior Director, Council of the Americas (moderator)

Opening markets goes beyond governments, said Iván Ontaneda in a Council of the Americas event. He recognized investors’ concerns ahead of April 11 general elections, and assured participants that Ecuadorans were committed to continue outgoing President Lenin Moreno's free trade agenda.

Ontaneda discussed the country's recent trade agreements with the United States, the EU and European Free Trade Association states, Chile, and the United Kingdom. He explained that securing an accord with the U.K. after Brexit was important toward guaranteeing that 95 percent of the country's exports to Europe are tax free. The agreement with Chile, he said, modernized Ecuador's relations with the country and the entire Pacific Alliance. Over 700 companies benefited in Ecuador from the Chile deal.

Vea la presentación del ministro en español.