July 11, 2014
Gonsalves awarded National Order of Merit in Ecuador

A five-member delegation, led by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, is currently in Ecuador.

The delegation is finalizing plans for engineers (from Ecuador) to construct four bridges to replace those which were damaged in the North Leeward area during the 2013 Christmas Eve torrential rainfall.{{more}}

So far, the PM has held talks with Ecuador’s president Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado and senior government officials who hold responsibility for construction, trade and education.

Additionally, the Government of SVG has committed to provide English language training for Ecuadorian teachers, and work will commence to implement a student exchange programme between both countries.

The Government of Ecua­dor also awarded Prime Minister Gonsalves the National Order of Merit (the highest civilian honour in Ecuador) for his “outstanding work in building solidarity between Latin America and the Caribbean.”

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister and his delegation were taken on a tour of the Galapagos Islands, which included stops at the National Park and the Biological Marine Reserve.

Also part of the delegation are Eloise Gonsalves, wife of the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Camillo Gonsalves and Andreas Wickham, ambassador to Venezuela. The delegation is expected to return on July 13. (JV)