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  • EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate General EuropeAid Development and Co operation

    Latin America Regional Programmes Latin America and Caribbean

    COUNTRY BRIEFING ON REGIONAL CO-OPERATION PROGRAMMES

    ECUADOR

    PROGRAMME REVIEW- 2013

    Ref. Ares(2013)271246 - 01/03/2013

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    I. ECUADOR'S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMMES OF REGIONAL CO-OPERATION

    Ecuador's participation in ALFA III - Latin America Academic Co-operation In the context of the first Call for Proposals, 4 eligible Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Ecuador participate in 4 of the 14 approved projects of ALFA III. The total amount of the European Commission contribution to those 4 projects is of EUR 9 million.

    In the second Call for proposals, 19 eligible HEIs from Ecuador participate in 8 of the 19 approved projects of ALFA III. The total amount of the European Commission contribution to the 8 projects is of EUR 14.5 million.

    In the third Call for Proposals, 8 eligible HEIs from Ecuador participate in 10 of the 19 approved projects of ALFA III. One of these institutions (Escuela Superior Politcnica Litoral) is currently coordinating one project. The total amount of the European Commission contribution to the 10 projects is of EUR 13.5 million.

    The next main ALFA events in Ecuador: ALFA III (2011) PARAGUAS 27: Project meeting, Quito, August 2013

    ALFA III (2011) 218 Oportunidad: Second mid-term meeting, 5 days in August in Loja, arranged by UPTL

    ALFA III (2011) 256 SPRING: 4th General Meeting, Quito, September 2013

    For up to date information on ALFA, please referto the website: www.alfa3programme.eu

    Ecuador's participation in ERASMUS MUNDUS The first Erasmus Mundus - External Cooperation Window (EMECW) Call for Proposals dedicated to the Latin American region was launched in December 2008. From 2009 to 2012, 6 HEIs from Ecuador took part in the programme involving 49 mobility operations to 4 EU countries (6 Doctorates, 16 masters, 1 Post-Doctorate, 3 academic staff and 23 undergraduates).

    In December 2011, a Call for Proposals for the Erasmus Mundus II Action 2 Strand 1 Partnerships with Latin America was published. This Call for Proposals led to 3 new projects involving 13 Ecuadorian HEIs and 63 mobility operations.

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    In December 2012 a new Call for Proposals for the Erasmus Mundus II Action 2 Strand 1 Partnerships with Latin America was published. The call will be open until April 2013.

    Ecuador's participation in EUROsociAL II Ecuador takes part in the following thematic activities implemented by the Programme:

    Capacity building to the Ombudsman in attention to incarcerated persons

    Labour reintegration of condemned persons Institutional co-ordination in prevention of juvenile violence Consolidation of national policies which promote and articulate

    regional development Reinforcement of policies of retention in secondary obligatory schools Equity in availability and rational use of medicines Monitoring of equity in access to health services Reinforcement of institutional and social co-operation in fight against

    corruption Support to the reform of the fiscal system Improvement of the articulation between planning and budget and

    introduction of the evaluation of public policies Promotion of a voluntary accomplishment of fiscal obligations and

    fiscal education Reinforcement of institutions in charge of

    social protection Strategies for labour integration of

    beneficiaries of Conditional Cash Transfer programs and development of solidarity economy

    National Professional Qualification Systems

    The following national public institutions participate Public Ombudsman General Prosecutor Office Ministry of Education Ministry of Economy and Finance Ministry of Social and Economic Inclusion Ministry of Labour Relations Ministry of Public Health Ministry of Home Affairs National Secretariat for Planning and Development National Secretariat for Management Transparency

    The calendar of the events is updated regularly. For details, please consult the Programme website: http://www.eurosocial-ii.eu/

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    Ecuador's participation in AL-INVEST The AL-INVEST IV project "Institutional Co-ordination for the Internationalisation of SMEs from the Andean Community" is implemented by a consortium of business organisations led by the Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of Santa Cruz (CAINCO). In Ecuador, 6 organisations are implementing Phase IV of Al-INVEST:

    Chamber of Industry of Cuenca; National Chamber of Manufacturers of Bodyworks; CORMIPYME; Ecuadorian Federation of Exporters; Ministry of Industry and Competitiveness; PROIMBABURA.

    For further information on AL-INVEST, please refer to the website: http://www.al-invest4.eu

    Ecuador's participation in RB-AL In its second phase, the URB-AL programme creates and develops thirteen thematic networks co-ordinated by a single local authority. All local actors that wished to cooperate on a given theme could participate to the corresponding network, which served as focal point and forum for discussion. Joint

    projects were then designed and implemented within the networks. To date, and within the framework of URB-AL I and II, 188 joint projects have been selected, 56 of which counted with the involvement of an Ecuadorian partner (30 % of the projects). Ecuador was also represented by 5 external members in URB-AL I and II joint projects.

    There are 4 local authorities involved in the current third phase of URB-AL, which represents approximately 3% of the total number.

    For further information on URB-AL, please refer to the website: http://ec.europa.eu/comm/europgaid/proiects/urbal/index en.htm

    Ecuador's participation in EUROCLIMA The EUROCLIMA focal point in Ecuador is the Ministry of Environment Sub secretariat of Climate Change.

    For further information on EUROCLIMA, please refer to the website: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/latin-america/regional-cooperation/euroclima/index en.htm or http://www euroclima.org/

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    Ecuador's participation in EUROSOLAR The EURO-SOLAR's beneficiary in Ecuador is the Ministry of External Relations, which delegated the implementation to the Ministry of Electricity and , Renewable Energy. A.

    In Ecuador, 91 kits to produce renewable energy are being installed in the rural communities with no connection to the electricity grid. The 91 kits consist of photovoltaic panels that provide electricity to support the development of basic services in the areas of education, health, information technologies, as well as to foster productive activities.

    The total EU contribution to the programme's activities in Ecuador is EUR 3.800.000.

    For further information on EURO-SOLAR, please refer to the website; http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/latin-america/regional-cooperation/euro-solar/index en.htm or http://www.programaeuro-solar.eu

    Ecuador's participation in RALCEA The RALCEA focal point in Ecuador is the National Water Secretariat (SENAGUA). The University of Cuenca (UCUENCA) has been selected to be member of the RALCEA network.

    For further information on RALCEA, please refer to the website: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/latin-america/regional-cooperation/ralcea/index en.htm or http://www.aauaknow.net/

    Ecuador's participation in FLEGT SOUTH AMERICA The Project in Ecuador has initiated dialogues with the public, private and civil society sector to raise awareness about FLEGT.

    Ecuador's participation in @LIS Like all of the Latin American countries, Ecuador has one partner in the RedCLARA (ALICE II), which is CEDIA - Consorcio Ecuatoriano para el Desarollo de Internet Avanzado; and one in the Network of Regulators, which is CONATEL, the Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones.

    The 3 @LIS projects currently on-going in Ecuador and their members are the following:

    "Consolidacin de la red de Reguladores de Telecomunicaciones de Amrica Latina" -> CONATEL, Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones

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    "Extending and Strengthening RedCLARA as e-infrastructure for Collaborative Research and Support to Development" -> CEDIA, Consorcio Ecuatoriano para el Desarollo de Internet Avanzado

    "@LIS 2 -Alianza para la Sociedad de la Informacin 2, - Dilogo poltico inclusivo e intercambio de experiencias" -> Government representatives

    For further information on @115, please refer to the website: http://ec.eurOpa.eu/europeaid/where/latin-america/regional-cooperation/alis/index en.htm or www.alis2.eu

    Ecuador's participation in COPOLAD The following national public institutions participate in the Programme:

    National Council for the Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP in Spanish)

    Ministry of Home Affairs National Police Municipality Camarones Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crdito 18 Noviembre University corporation Rafael Nuez The company Palmeras del Ecuador

    The CONSEP is also an associate partner in the implementing consortium.

    The next main COPOLAD events in Ecuador: 11-12 June 2013, Tercera Conferencia Anual, Quito

    For further information on COPOLAD, please refer to the website: http://www.copolad.eu (with possibility to subscribe to the electronic newsletter).