THE BUSINESS YEAR SIGNS MOU WITH PRO ECUADOR

Ecuador, May 7, 2015—The Business Year (TBY), a publisher of annual trade and investment resources in over 25 countries around the globe, has signed a partnership agreement with Pro Ecuador, the Exports and Investment Promotion Institute of Ecuador. Pro Ecuador is in charge of executing the policies and regulations regarding exports and investment promotion in the country. Its aim is to boost the offer of traditional and non-traditional products, markets, and players in Ecuador, thus contributing to the strategic insertion of international trade.

The MoU was signed for a fourth consecutive year with the new Executive Director, Victor Jurado Carriel, who assumed the position at the beginning of the year, and TBY's Country Manager for Ecuador, Cristiana Di Filippo.

Carriel stressed the importance of such an agreement, “it will contribute to the management of the country's image and business environment. This publication will finally let Ecuador be known by the international markets and it will give investors a clear vision of what Ecuador has become and the potential it holds nowadays."

Speaking on behalf of TBY, Cristiana Di Filippo added that, “TBY is proud to continue its partnership with Pro Ecuador year after year. Through our annual economic report we seek to create an international platform in which to showcase the investment opportunities in Ecuador. The potential in the productive sectors will serve as a driving mechanism for the economy's development. This partnership will greatly contribute to our research, providing accurate information, objective analysis, and strategic advice on the main economic trends in Ecuador."

The Business Year: Ecuador 2015 will provide targeted information, in-depth analysis, and strategic advice with a global circulation of 97,700 readers, with many more reached through digital versions on iPad, iPhone, and Android.

The Business Year: Ecuador 2015 will feature all sectors of the economy, including finance, energy, ICT, transport, construction and real estate, agriculture, health and education, and tourism. It will feature around 150 selected interviews with the head of state, ministers, top executives, and foreign heads of state, as well as focus articles on the key projects, investments, and specific opportunities in Ecuador.