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Spotlight Ecuador: Celebrating the U.S. and Ecuador Friendship

photo of Fernandina Volcano on Fernandina Island, Ecuador

Ecuador is located in Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru.

The United States and Ecuador share deep and historic ties. Diplomatic relations between the two countries are among the longest standing in the hemisphere. The United States sent its first representative to Ecuador in 1825 when the U.S. Senate confirmed William Wheelwright to serve as U.S. Consul in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 1839 the United States and Ecuador signed a Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Navigation, and Commerce.

Over the past nearly 200 years, the U.S.-Ecuador relationship has expanded in significant ways. The United States is Ecuador’s largest trading partner and its top partner in higher education. U.S. and Ecuador collaborate on a wide range of issues of bilateral, regional, and global importance. U.S. and Ecuadorian law enforcement and security personnel work cooperatively to counter threats posed by transnational crime, illicit narcotics, and trafficking in persons. Additionally, our people-to-people ties are growing rapidly, through two-way tourism, robust commercial activity, and academic exchanges.

The U.S. Mission in Ecuador is comprised of the U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil. The U.S. Ambassador leads this Mission and serves as the personal representative of the President of the United States in Ecuador.

Proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017

The U.S. Embassy Quito and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

The Fund was established to help countries to preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures. Through the AFCP Program, the Department of State supports projects that may range from US $10,000 to US $200,000 to preserve cultural heritage of Ecuador in the following three areas:

  1. CULTURAL SITES: This might include, but is not limited to, historic buildings and archaeological sites.

  2. CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs.

  3. FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION: This includes traditional music, indigenous languages, and crafts.

Additionally, proposals for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria will receive additional consideration:

  1. Directly support U.S. treaty or bilateral agreement obligations, such as cultural property protection agreements;

  2. Support the preservation of inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Sites;

  3. Support disaster risk reduction for cultural heritage and post-disaster cultural heritage recovery in seismically active and other disaster-prone areas; and

  4. Engage women, youth, or under-served communities.


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