Ricardo Patiño: The Government of Ecuador is popular, not populist
19 de Noviembre de 2012 - 10h18
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On interviews given to different Spanish media, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Integration, Ricardo Patiño, explained that there are marked differences in the work quality of the National Government, which has tried to prove through the accountability offered by President Rafael Correa, in various cities of Italy and Spain.
He started talking about the quality of public policy; they should be responsible and also benefit the population. Concerning this he cited the example of health, “Ecuador has a National System of Health and hospitals all over the national territory work under such a system,” he said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Integration pointed out that other of the most important advances of the regime is the work related to the Rights of Nature, “as human beings we must safeguard natural resources”… those details, among many others of our administration, are what makes us a popular Government and not a populist one,” he claimed.
“A populist government opens up hundreds of schools but without quality or service improvements; while the popular, seeks to generate quality before quantity, and makes improvements in all aspects, whether concerning health, education, or any other public sector that must be managed with responsibility by the State,” expressed the Minister.
Assange’s case and Freedom of Speech
He was consulted about the asylum given to Julian Assange, director of WikiLeaks. Patiño expressed that “we are all entitled to book information, and, especially, when it comes to national sovereignty, but WikiLeaks brought to light information related to attacks against human rights… not to disclose this information would have turned him into an accomplice of impunity,” he said.
On the other hand, the Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Integration said that the National Government has a clear conscience, because there is nothing to hide on the Wikileaks case; it suggested that all information relating to Ecuador should be disclosed in public form and did so then.
However, on the topic of information, Patiño manifested that there is a concentration of power in the Ecuadorian media, but before this fact, “the Government has faced the lies of the media with the truth, which decreased the power of some mass media, that instead of informing the citizens would make political activism… before, the media had 70% of credibility, but their actions have dragged them now to a 30% of credibility”, he expressed.
Latin American Integration
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador also referred to the topic of Latin American Integration, aspect that was treated extensively in the XXII Ibero-American Summit, which was held on November 16th and 17th in the city of Cadiz.
In this regard, Patiño said that the integration goes through good path, but recognized that it “ideological colonialism and intellectual vassalage still exist”. In spite of that, the regional integration is something that can still be “glimpsed with more potentiality, even with the political differences of each country, the process of becoming unified regionally should go above the political trends because what we are searching for is a benefit for our towns”, he concluded.
The Minister offered these declarations at the Palace of Conventions in Madrid, moments after the President of the Republic, Rafael Correa, gave accounts before migrants residing in this city, an event that brought together more than 3,000 Ecuadorians; the act was also conducted throughout the week, in the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Murcia, and Seville, and also in the Italian city of Milan.
At the end of the meeting in the Palace of Conventions, the mission of the Ecuadorian Government went to the Barajas airport and returned to the city of Quito to continue with their regular activities.
PRESS RELEASE No. 1285
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