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Friday, August 14, 2009

Ecuador creates two new ministries

QUITO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Thursday signed a decree to create two new ministries -- the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information and the Ministry of Labor Relations.

During a ceremony at the Carondelet Palace, Correa appointed Jorge Glass as minister of telecommunication and information, and Richard Espinosa as minister of labor relations.

Correa said the new ministries would incorporate many state institutions.

The Telecommunication Ministry will be in charge of formulating state policies on telecommunication and information and of coordinating the public and private institutions in scientific and technological research.

The ministry will administrate the National Mail Company, the National Council of Radio and Telecommunications and the National Council of Telecommunications, the president's juridical secretary Alexis Mera said.

It will also promote the use of Internet and information technologies, the secretary added.

The Ministry of Labor Relations will administrate the National Technical Secretariat of Human Resources and Remunerations.

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