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In the early years of the 21st Century

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Ecuador is a country that is highly vulnerable to extreme weather events such as flooding and droughts. In February 2022, the capital city of Quito experienced the heaviest rainfall in almost 20 years, which triggered a massive landslide that killed at least 22 people and injured 47 others. – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Ecuador

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 28 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

In early 2018, the MORENO administration held a public referendum on seven economic and political issues in a move counter to CORREA-administration policies, reduce corruption, strengthen democracy, and revive employment and the economy. The referendum resulted in repeal of taxes associated with recovery from the earthquake of 2016, reduced restrictions on metal mining in the Yasuni Intangible Zone - a protected area, and several political reforms.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $11,500 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 26.1%

industry: 18.4%

services: 55.5% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 4.6% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 21.5% (December 2017 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 59 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 15 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 77.5 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 94% of population

Physicians density: 2.04 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 97.1% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 99.9% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Ecuador

[accessed 28 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Ecuador

[accessed 18 April 2021]

After a decade of prosperity, a less favorable external context demands that Ecuador ensure fiscal sustainability, strengthen the foundations of dollarization, promote new engines of growth and protect the social gains achieved.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 28 January 2021]

Ecuador is the world's leading exporter of bananas, and it also exports flowers, cocoa, coffee, tuna and shrimp, and is developing export markets for other tropical fruits and vegetables. Tourism has become the country's third largest earner of foreign exchange, after oil and remittances from expatriates.

The average annual GDP growth rate between 1988 and 1998 was 2.9%. Growth stemmed mainly from increased petroleum production and expansionary fiscal policy.

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