HGSCA Organized an Ecuadorian Delegation Visit to Houston to Establish and Sign Bilateral Commercial

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Guayaquil and Houston are very similar cities. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and its largest Industrial, commercial and banking center. The Port of Guayaquil, located 50 nautical miles Inland from the Gulf of Guayaquil, is the primary port of Ecuador promoting existing and active participation in business, making economic and cultural exchanges between the citizens of Houston and the citizens of Guayaquil, Ecuador a great opportunity for international understanding. Both cities have always demonstrated a great interest in supporting the sister city relationship between them.

Now, that the Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has expressed interest in improving the bilateral relationship with the United States and expanding cooperation in areas of mutual interest, HGSCA is taking seriously its mission to generate opportunities for both communities to connect.

Therefore, HGSCA hosted a delegation from Guayaquil that came to Houston, Texas to sign and establish bilateral commercial and educational agreements, a historic moment for both cities. To kick off a number of activities, HGSCA threw a dinner welcoming the delegation to Houston on Sunday, September 23. Many Houston and Ecuadorian community leaders, Ecuadorian Students at Rice University, and guests attended the event. At the same event, HGSCA recognized Deanea LeFlore, Dr. Pedro Arguello, and Jorge Gomez Balanzategui, President of the Ecuadorian Association in Houston, presenting to them a token of appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the organization.

The visit lasted 3 days and was held from September 23 to September 26. The delegation attended several exploratory meetings and met representatives from the Houston Airport, the Port of Houston, METRO, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, and Rice University as well as witnessing the signing of a commercial agreement between the Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and The Greater Houston Partnership.

The assistance of the Honorable U.S. Ambassador Todd C. Chapman, who in April 2018 offered his support to HGSCA by encouraging and sharing information with its leadership team about all the opportunities available to strengthen the relationship between Houston and Ecuador, Deanea LeFlore, Chief of Protocol at the City of Houston, Andrew Sherr, Consul General of United States in Guayaquil, and Ruth Duenas, Consul General of Ecuador as well as the collaboration of Jorge Gomez, President of the Ecuadorian Association in Houston, and Thalia Kruger who belongs to ABS and has worked since 2012 with ESPOL and SNAME in bringing maritime school students to Houston were key in maximizing the successful outcome of the visit.

The Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce in Guayaquil (AMCHAM) and the "Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral" (ESPOL) formed the delegation. Among the delegation members were:


  • Elena Arias - President

  • Verónica Sión - Advisor

  • Ma. Antonieta Reyes De Luca - Executive Director

From left to right: Maria Antonieta Reyes, Executive Director at AMCHAM, Kenia Mosquera, Director of Communications at HGSCA, Elena Arias, President of AMCHAM, Adriana Gonzalez, President of the Chamber of Latin Entrepreneurs in Houston (CELH: Cámara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston (CELH), Deanea LeFlore, Chief of Protocol at the City of Houston, Ruth Duenas, Consul General of Ecuador, Kate Cross, Administration of GPS office and new initiatives at Rice University, Veronica Sion, Adviser at AMCHAM.


From left to right 1st Row: Maria Luisa Granda - Professor and Manager of Zile/components and Zede at ESPOL, Andres Rigail, Director of Culture and Education at HGSCA Guayaquil and Nanotechnology Professor at ESPOL, Kenia Mosquera, Director of Communications at HGSCA and ESPOL Alumni, Samantha Samaniego, ESPOL - Fullbright student at Rice University, Alejandro Chanaba, Subdean of the Maritime engineering, biological, oceanographic sciences and natural resources

From Left to Right 2nd Row: Luis W. Moyano, President of HGSCA and ESPOL Alumni, Xavier Moyano, Manager at TransESPOL and ESPOL Alumni, Carlos Parra, First Student Benefited Under the New Rice University - ESPOL Partnership Facilitated by HGSCA, Xavier Ordenana, Dean of ESPAE (Graduate School of Management at ESPOL.

There were many remarkable moments to celebrate for both cities. The visit was not only to explore agreements but to establish action items and set up milestones to take not only the Houston and Guayaquil relationship to the next level but the one between Houston and Ecuador as well. HGSCA hopes that all the initiatives that are now in progress will generate collateral benefit to other cities in Ecuador and Texas.

Luis W. Moyano, President of HGSCA, stated, "This is just the beginning, HGSCA's intention is to use the organization as a conduit to generate wealth to not only our cities but also to our neighboring cities and countries. That was the vision of all of our members and now it has become the organization's goal."

HGSCA invites you to learn more about its mission, vision, and to be part of our organization. The organization promotes diversity and believes in opening its leadership roles to all nationalities. HGSCA uses citizen diplomacy as a way to promote cultural understanding.

"We, citizens of the world, can make the impossible, possible if we chose to believe we can, one day at a time, one act of diplomacy at a time" Kenia Mosquera, Director of Communications at HGSCA.

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