Italy exporting defense and security know how to Ecuador, like a system of maritime traffic control.
Patrol ship Vega , Cassiopea Class, Italian Navy
QUITO, April 30 – Italy and Ecuador began working on the bilateral governmental agreement in defense and security, which general framework was formalized last November by means of a conference cycle which ended today in Quito.
The main topics discussed were the possibilities for fighting drug trafficking, terrorism and smuggling in Ecuador. Itali has experience in those fields, and want to export its know how.
The Italian commander Liborio Palombella stated that the proposal is to use a system of maritime traffic control, tested sucessfully for Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.
“A similar system may be adopted in this South Pacific region. We are proposing that Ecuador is the lead case country in this direction,” said Palombella.
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence , in turn, admits he needs to improve control of their maritime boundaries, in particular, to combat drug trafficking operations.
“We do lack a control system for navigation and, of course, is also important to get in touch with our neighboring countries,” analyzed General Luis Garzón.
According to the ecuatorian Minister, there is a “possibility” of Ecuador buying military equipment from Italy through bilateral agreement.
However, Palombella stresses that Rome does not see the South American country solely as a buyer/customer and that the relationship goes beyond that.
“For us as military, we are more interested in the relationship with Ecuador that the ecuatorian relations with Italian companies,” said the commander.