The Ecuadorian government until Rafael Correa took office, had 16 ministries and the Secretariat of Administration used to coordinate the work these agencies did.
When Correa took office, one of the first things he did was to create the coordinating ministries that, initially, were seven and now they are six: the Coordinating Ministry of Social Development, the Coordinating Ministry of Strategic Sectors, the Coordinating Ministry of Security, the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Policy, the Coordinating Ministry of Production, Employment and Competitiveness, the Coordinating Ministry of Knowledge and Human Talent.
He also created eight ministries more, thus, 23 ministries were created in total.
Now, after some cuts, Ecuador has 21 ministries, 6 coordinating ministries and 11 Secretariats, making it very likely one of the countries with the highest number of ministries in the world.
If you add what these six ministries have cost the country from 2013, the figure reaches a colossal dimension: 271’369 544 million dollars.
In light of this figure, the question of the relationship between cost and benefit becomes almost useless. It is evident that $ 271 million have not been able to revolutionize the administrative system of the Ecuadorian State.
However much it has been improved, if that is the case, it will never justify that mountain of money.