Gold has become the fourth most important product in Ecuadorian non-oil exports.
This was explained by Mining Minister Javier Cordova, citing data from the Central Bank (ECB) which indicate that from January to December 2015 exported gold from small mining reached $ 750 million. This, even though the production process of large companies has not been reached.
This amount exceeds cocoa exports in the same period by $ 692 million, but is below the banana ($ 2,808.2 million); shrimp ($ 2,279.7 million) and flowers ($ 820 million).
The latest data published by the ECB indicate that gold exports from January to November 2015 amounted to $ 653.1 million, a lower figure than that generated in 2014 ($ 1,026.16 million).