OFID marks re-admission of Ecuador with art exhibition

26.09.2014 | PR19/2014

Ecuador in Focus art exhibition opens to mark country's readmission to OFID

(from right) OFID Director-General Mr Suleiman J Al-Herbish,
Ecuadorian Minister of Finance HE Fausto Herrera and Ecuadorian
Ambassador Wilson Pastor Morris.

September 25, 2014, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) celebrated the re-admission of Ecuador to OFID with an art exhibition that showcases works of three of the country’s most renowned artists.

“Ecuador in Focus” features a selection of paintings from Miguel Betancourt, Hernan Illescas and Juan Luis Millingalli.

OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish and Ecuadorian Minister of Finance HE Fausto Herrera opened the event, which was also attended by Ecuadorian Ambassador Wilson Pastor Morris, high-level officials from the Austrian Government and from international organizations and missions based in Vienna.

In his remarks, Mr Al-Herbish thanked Mr Herrera and Ambassador Morris, saying both had been “instrumental” in the return of Ecuador after a break of almost 22 years. “This move demonstrates Ecuador's commitment to development and South-South cooperation and its belief in OFID’s abilities as a development finance institution,” he said.

The Director-General spoke of how sharing the art and treasures of its Member and Partner Countries helped “build awareness of their diversity, rich histories, people and culture.”

In his speech, Mr Herrera conveyed a message from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Delgado, who extended his greetings and thanks to Mr Al-Herbish and the Embassy of Ecuador for hosting the exhibition.

“For Ecuador, OFID is a bridge to other regions of the world—in Africa, Asia and the Middle East—with whom we are seeking closer ties to share knowledge and experiences,” said Mr Herrera. “Ecuador fully associates itself with OFID’s ‘Uniting against Poverty’ slogan,” he continued. “We look forward to joining forces in pursuit of this objective.”

OFID’s first-ever exhibition in 1983 showcased a collection of rare Ecuadorian artifacts that dated back to 3,200 BC. Subsequent exhibitions have highlighted Algeria, Indonesia, Iran IR, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, Tanzania and Venezuela.

“Ecuador in Focus” will run until October 10, 2014.

Parkring 8
1010 Vienna

Exhibition opening times:
Monday -Thurs: 9:00-16:00
Friday: 9:00-13:00