Joint statement by the Minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society of Ecuador and the Undersecretary of State of the United States

Joint statement by the Minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society of Ecuador, Andrés Michelena, and the Undersecretary of State of the United States, Keith Krach 

 11/14/2020 

 The Minister of Telecommunications and the Information Society of Ecuador, Andrés Michelena and the United States Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach, agreed on Saturday in Quito on the importance of protecting the telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring secure technology supply chains. 

Both officials also shared opinions regarding other issues of common interest such as internet access protection, information security, and the implementation of the fifth generation of mobile telephony technologies (5G).  

The United States pledged to continually work with Ecuador on issues of connectivity, cybersecurity, and digital transformation. 

Minister Andrés Michelena declared:

“For our country, it is essential to protect the telecommunications infrastructure and guarantee that the use of information technologies by the State is safe and protects the integrity and privacy of people. Furthermore, the protection of personal data and the privacy of our citizens are rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution of Ecuador.” 

Ecuador also reiterated its commitment to join efforts in pursuit of an open and secure global internet, based on democratic values ​​and respect for human rights. Ecuador supports the principles of the Clean Network initiative. 

Undersecretary of State Krach added:

“Sharing the same principles with Ecuador strengthens the path for greater investment from the U. S. private sector and improves the joint security of its partners in the region and the world.” 

Undersecretary of State Krach and Minister Michelena emphasized the importance of ensuring the consolidation of the relationship between Ecuador and the United States based on transparency, reciprocity, respect for sovereignty and rule of law.