25 November 2019 – On November 21, 2019, INBAR’s Latin America and the Caribbean Office held a closing ceremony for the “Overseas Technical Training Course on the Development of Ecuador’s Bamboo Industry”. This 30-day course was supported by the Chinese government and led by experts from the International Bamboo and Rattan Centre (ICBR).
In Ecuador, more than 40 species of bamboo grow, the most valuable of which is guadua angustifolia. Fast-growing, flexible and strong, bamboo represents an important alternative to wood in the region, and traditional uses for bamboo in the region go back thousands of years, especially in construction. INBAR’s Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office is based in Quito and works with national and provincial governments to sustainable develop the bamboo industry.
Training and capacity building, in collaboration with national and international partners, is a key part of INBAR’s objectives. This year alone, representatives from 27 countries have joined INBAR’s training courses, which allow nationals of Member States to learn from experts, share best practices and form a close network with other participants. On 21 November, INBAR’s 30-day course on the development of Ecuador’s Bamboo Development concluded with a closing ceremony. Participants attended lectures, visits and hands on demonstrations on bamboo processing, sustainable bamboo management, bamboo weaving, tissue management and other aspects of the bamboo production chain.
Present at the closing ceremony were guests such as Leonardo Orlando Arteaga, Prefect of Manabí Province; Kelly Buenaventura, Vice Prefect of Manabí Province; Mr. Chen Feng, Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ecuador; Ms. Don Jie, Director of International Training at ICBR; Mr. Pablo Jácome, INBAR’s Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean; Arq. Miguel Camino, Rector of the Eloy Alfaro Lay University; and with the beneficiaries of the 30-day course that focused on the technical aspects of bamboo processing.
The Eco. Leonardo Orlando, Prefect of the Province of Manabi, thanked the People’s Republic of China, ICBR and INBAR, for their support in organising this training course, emphasising the need to “bet” on the development of capacities to strengthen the bamboo production chain from various sectors. This resource has the potential to revitalise the economy and generate employment. In addition, he referred to the environmental and cultural qualities of bamboo and its role in traditional culture.
Mr. Chen Feng, Economic and Commercial Advisor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ecuador, said that “bamboo is a very important resource for developing the green economy”, in addition to local technologies, as the industry of Bamboo has added value, much in demand in national and international markets. In this regard, he recalled that the People’s Republic of China, through the Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Ecuador, has worked to expand the use of bamboo for earthquake-resistant construction and for its environmental qualities. He also recalled that China is the second-largest trading partner and investor in Ecuador, and that they will continue with institutional cooperation for the benefit of Ecuadorian society.
Finally, Pablo Jácome, Regional Coordinator for INBAR in the Latin America and the Caribbean, thanked China for their support to INBAR in developing the bamboo industry in the region. This sector generates USD 60,000 million in annual global revenue and generates employment for more than 16 million people. He also thanked the Manabi Provincial Government for their support of the course and for positioning bamboo as a strategic resource and recognising its environmental and industrial potential.
Finally, the hard work and dedication of the training course participants made this course worthwhile, and it is their passion for sustainable, green industry development and bamboo going forward that will bring real value to this training.
The course represented the second time in 2019 that Chinese experts have traveled to Ecuador to train key stakeholders in the bamboo industry. To read more about INBAR’s multilateral and bilateral training programmes in 2019, please see here, here or here.