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U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman

U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Todd Chapman
Ambassador Todd Chapman presented copies of his credentials
On February 17, Ambassador Todd Chapman presented copies of his credentials to Ricardo Patiño at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador in a ceremony that took place in the afternoon.
Ambassador Chapman was delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He thanked Patiño for the Ecuadorian authorities’ warm reception and stated “the United States and Ecuador have a historic relationship and are linked in so many important ways.”
Ambassador Chapman added “I’m honored to lead our Mission’s efforts to advance our bilateral partnership, and I look forward to working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the rest of the Ecuadorian Government as we seek to make progress on our many issues of common interest.”
Ambassador Designate Todd Chapman Arrived in the Country
On Friday, January 29th, Ambassador Designate Todd C. Chapman arrived in Ecuador. The diplomat was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2015 and will start his official activities once he submits his credentials to the Ecuadorian government.
During the weekend, Ambassador Chapman and his wife had the opportunity to tour some of the most symbolic places in historical downtown Quito.
“My wife Janetta and I are delighted to finally be here. We are looking forward to getting to know this beautiful country and its rich history and culture, and the most important, the Ecuadorian people,” Ambassador Chapman said upon his arrival.
Todd C. Chapman was the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs as of November 2015. Prior to this position, he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, working together with the 350 personnel in the Bureau to advance global security relationships, administer over $6 billion in security assistance, and negotiate security agreements around the world.
Runa LLC in Ecuador a Finalist for Corporate Excellence Award
U.S. mission in Ecuador congratulates Runa LLC on being a finalist for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence
The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE each year since 1999, in order to recognize American companies that are leaders in responsible business conduct worldwide.  Each of these companies is making an important contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work.
Runa LLC in Ecuador, a beverage company, worked with over 2,500 indigenous farming community-partners, encouraging them to organize and to become involved in the company’s production and management decision-making process.  The company has achieved fair trade and organic certifications and worked to prevent deforestation and foster biodiversity in the rainforest. 
The winners of the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence will be announced at the annual ceremony on March 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EST at the State Department.  The event will be globally streamed online at: http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=
Graduation of English Access Microscholarship Program
On January 23, 45 students from Manta, Portoviejo, and Santo Domingo graduated from one of the English Access Microscholarship Programs that the U.S. Embassy sponsors throughout Ecuador. The U.S. Consul General, Patricia Fietz, attended the ceremony and congratulated the students on their effort and commitment to learn a second language.  After two years of education and participation in cultural activities organized by the Embassy in Quito and its partner in this program COPEI (Copol English Institute), the students have obtained a very important tool to access new and better academic and professional opportunities.
The Embassy launched the first phase of Access in Ecuador in 2013 and so far the program has included close to 1000 Ecuadorian students. At present, there are similar programs in Cuenca, Quito, Zamora, Loja, and Saraguro, and a new program will be announced in 2016.
 “Access” is a program sponsored by the U.S. Government through the State Department’s  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that operates in more than 80 countries providing thousands of 14 to 18 year old students from disadvantaged areas the opportunity to learn English as a tool to access better jobs and better educational opportunities.

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