Ecuador sending a small team


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2003

BY PAUL GABRIEL

KUALA LUMPUR: Ecuador is sending a small team for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit here, but its Foreign Minister Dr Nina Pacari Vega will be out to make her presence felt. 

Sworn in to her post with the new Ecuadorian government on Jan 15, she will be the “new kid” at the13th Summit, and is among the youngest foreign ministers attending.  

Ecuador’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Marco Tulio Cordero, is eagerly awaiting his new boss’ maiden venture to this part of the world.  

“It will also be the first visit to Malaysia by a Foreign Minister of Ecuador, and Dr Vega, 42, is a very talented, intelligent and dynamic woman. 

“Despite her young age, she is an experienced politician and is renowned for defending the interests of Ecuador’s indigenous people. She has been fighting for equal opportunities for them,” he added in an interview. 

Dr Vega, who holds a PhD in jurisprudence, is a prolific writer and has successfully fought for constitutional reforms in benefit of children, teenagers, women and family, the indigenous communities, Afro Ecuadorians, senior citizens and the disabled in a country where poverty is widespread. 

She was an MP for two terms and her first post in Government was that of vice-president of parliament. 

Dr Cordero said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar had met Dr Vega during his trip to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito to witness the installation of the new Government led by President Lucio Gutierrez. 

The ambassador added that Dr Vega would lead the delegation for the NAM Summit as the president was held up with domestic matters. 

Meanwhile, a woman is also leading Colombia’s delegation to the NAM Summit.  

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