BY GIRISH GUPTA
PIFO, Ecuador — At a flower farm about 19 miles outside Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sales manager Juan Pablo Ponce shows off the produce and logistics required to package bouquets, 80% of which are exported to the United States.
“We try to keep on working hard, doing what we do best,” says Ponce, 33, who has worked at the Valleflor site for seven years. “That’s all we can do.”
While Ecuador’s government makes its decision on whether to grant U.S. fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum, colleagues of Ponce here who export flowers to the USA worry that fallout from the political decision may harm their business, especially with the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) pact up for renewal by the U.S. Congress next month.