The Speech of the Ambassador of Ecuador in Qatar, Kabalan Abisaab, During the Dinner Given in Honor of the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado
05 de Noviembre de 2014 - 01h24
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It is an honor for me as an Arab of origin, and an Ecuadorian of adoption and identity, to greet you, one by one, and extend to you my gratitude for your generous presence. By the same token, I want to thank the Society of Qatari Businessmen for their generous invitation, and, through them, their President, Sheikh Faysal Bin Qassim Al Thani. I would also like to thank all of the people who have worked and contributed to the success of this encounter.
Distinguished gentleman, I would like to express to you my appreciation, gratitude, and acknowledgment.
Welcome, to all of you! Successful businessmen! You are an infinite source of generosity. You are distinguished people who have resisted setbacks with your optimism, faced difficulties with perseverance and resolution, in order to transform your dreams and vision into successful and brilliant projects, which, without a doubt, are the foundation upon which the dear State of Qatar’s shining and flourishing economy has been built, under the leadership and wisdom of its Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
The fate of great men is to be the beacon of light that guides their people and nations. Hence, they leave their prints on the great works they have constructed. In this way, their names remain written in gold in the chronicles of history.
The destiny of the great man we are receiving today, H.E. the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, is included among the destinies of the great men who have changed the course of history in my beloved country, so he may lead the revolution against backwardness, corruption, poverty, exploitation, against the obsolete policies of the past, against selfish and narrow interests and against a corruption that existed in all of the sectors of the nation. Indubitably, with his arrival to the Presidency, a new era in the history of the nation is inaugurated, full of hope, stability, growth, and prosperity.
Indeed, after seven years of systematic, continuous and diligent work, the world has been surprised by this great transformation the Republic of Ecuador has been living, justifying the title of “The Ecuadorian Miracle.”
Distinguished gentlemen, it is no secret when I say that this miracle would not have occurred had it not been for the great efforts, along with the constant and relentless work of President Rafael Correa Delgado.
He is, truthfully, a man who reflects the virtues and values of many. He is one of those people who leaves you baffled when you see him, and asking yourself: Who are we really talking about? Is it the politician or the economist? Is it the man of growth or the brilliant academic? The visionary or the adventurer?…
In one Word, he is a man of ambitions who carries with himself the dreams of the people. He is a statesman par excellence.
What else could he be? He reached the presidency with unstoppable force, bringing along a revolution for political, social and economic change, regardless of the dangers, difficulties or challenges.
A peaceful and democratic revolution, yet radical, profound and comprehensive, nationwide, based on a scientific and methodological project which has emerged from an economic policy which takes into consideration human beings before capital.
An economic policy emanating from the reality of Ecuadorian society, completely different from imported orthodox economic policies. Hence, President Correa took in his hand the torch of economic, social and political change, while disassociating himself from any remnants of a bitter and obsolete past, and confronting the dangers, difficulties and challenges. He constitutes the hope of a people and the dream of a nation.
President Correa has never let down the hopes or dreams of his people, as his economic program has yielded its greatest fruits for our nation and its people.
While the world was drowning in debt during the financial and economic crises and some countries were suffering from the burden of foreign public debt and unemployment, the Ecuadorian economy grew at a rate that surpassed that of average growth in the nations of Latin America. On the other hand, the rate of unemployment was lowered as was the level of poverty. Furthermore, we diminished the burden of the foreign public debt – not to mention its negative impact on the national budget.
(The nations which suffer the burden of foreign public debt know very well the importance of ridding themselves of it.)
Our efforts, nowadays, are directed to the development of our economy: From one based on the production and export of primary goods, towards one based on energy production and export. This can be considered a qualitative leap and a structural change in the Ecuadorian economy.
Finally, allow me to repeat what Rafael Correa, President of the Republic of Ecuador, said: “There is no doubt that the Ecuador of today is in a much better situation than it was before; however, it is still far from being the nation of our dreams”.
Gentlemen: Our dreams are big, just like the hopes of our people. We all have the will and drive to achieve this great dream: The great Ecuador that we all aspire to reach.
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