Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa made an unannounced visit to Kannapolis recently, touring the N.C. Research Campus and other facilities with David Murdock.

While here, Correa made a presentation on Yachay, a planned “city of knowledge” currently being developed in northern Ecuador.

Murdock, owner of Dole Foods and creator of the NCRC, led a delegation that included the Ambassador Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s representative in Washington, D.C., and government ministers. Organizers said that Correa is looking to the NCRC as a model for the kinds of partnerships and research that could take place there.

“It was really amazing,” President Correa told reporters in the lobby of Pity’s Sake Lodge, where Murdock entertained the delegation Tuesday evening.

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