Francisco Rivadeneira, Minister of Foreign Trade, during an interview with El Ciudadano newspaper, alerted about the difficult situation in hand regarding the issue of the deficit of the balance of payments, which measures imports, exports, services and financial accounts of Ecuador.
Rivadeneira said that deficit in the balance of payments is due, mainly, to the stagnation and decline in the price of oil: “we are coming to a difficult situation. This will be the first year of deficit of the balance of payments that will not be compensated… by oil”, also said that conflicts with Syria and the return to the market of Iran affect also.
In the second quarter of 2013, the balance of payments was $ – 641 million, while in the same period in 2012 was $553 million.
The Government considers that the price of oil will have a decrease in the next four years, while in 2014, the price considered in the budget draft was $86.4 per barrel; for 2017, the price will be $79.3 per barrel.
Despite this, the budget draft expects that oil revenues will rise to $3 071 million in 2014, and to $3 385 million in 2017.
A boost, between 2015 and 2016, will be the income from the exploitation of the fields Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT), located in the Yasuni Park, as well as the production of Pungarayacu, in charge of the Ivanhoe company. At this stage revenues from this category will go from $508 million to 3 $540 million.
Until the end of this year, oil production will reach the 550 000 barrels per day, so announced by Pedro Merizalde, Minister of non-renewable natural resources.