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Libertarians Knock on Rafael Correa’s Door with Policy Plan

By: Rebeca Morla - @RebecaMorla - Jul 20, 2015, 10:19 am

EspañolEcuadorian libertarians have an “exit strategy” for the political and economic crisis facing the country.

On Thursday, July 16, representatives from Ecuador’s Libertarian Movement once again presented President Rafael Correa with a plan called “La Salida” (The Exit). The Libertarian Movement, founded by “concerned Ecuadorians” in April 2005, say their proposals include reforms that promote limited government and free markets to establish a better quality of life for Ecuadorians.


“@JoseloAndrade submitting the proposal at Carondelet.”

Joselo Andrade, director of the Guayaquil chapter, traveled to Quito on Thursday to deliver the findings of their #EcuadorPropone (Ecuador Proposes) campaign to the president’s office. He also called on Correa to include his organization in the “great national dialogue” put forward by the PAIS Alliance.

“We requested direct access for dialogue with the president to explain why taking The Exit we propose is convenient not only for his government but for all Ecuadorians,” Andrade told the PanAm Post.

The #EcuadorPropone campaign, first presented to the media in early July, is divided into two sections.

In politics, the movement proposes a referendum “to determine if society as a whole wants to allow [the president] or any other political figure access to indefinite reelection.” Further, the group maintains that it is necessary to eliminate Ecuador’s Communication Law, since it “limits freedom of speech for communicators and Ecuadorians in general.”

With regard to the nation’s economy, the Libertarian Movement argues it is necessary to “optimize the current social security administration, so that it truly fosters savings for individuals. This way each citizen will truly own their contributions and will be able to freely invest them in pension funds. At the same time, this should inject fresh resources into the economy.”

Andrade says his group also proposes increasing economic growth through trade by ridding Ecuador of all import taxes and other obstacles to free trade, like the “safeguards” the Correa administration imposed last March.

“We believe that the policies granting free movement to people can be supplemented with the free movement of goods and services. This would generate a clear message to productive sectors which have had eight years to become competitive, and would incentivize new local and foreign participants to invest and create jobs.”

“The positive effect this measure would create would be visible in less than six months, and means exponential economic growth in the medium and long-term future,” Andrade said.


“Ecuador Proposes presents the proposal for The Exit to the crisis. A better Ecuador is possible!”

Translated by Vanessa Arita.

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Based in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Rebeca Morla works as an editorial assistant with the PanAm Post. She is a political scientist and an Executive Board member of EsLibertad. Follow @RebecaMorla.