Transnational_issues of Ecuador

Disputes - international:organized illegal narcotics operations in Colombia penetrate across Ecuador's shared border, which thousands of Colombians also cross to escape the violence in their home country
Refugees and internally displaced persons:refugees (country of origin): 9,851 (Colombia); note - UNHCR estimates as many as 250,000 Columbians are seeking asylum in Ecuador, many of whom do not register as refugees for fear of deportation (2006)
Illicit drugs:significant transit country for cocaine originating in Colombia and Peru, with over half of the US-bound cocaine passing through Ecuadorian Pacific waters; importer of precursor chemicals used in production of illicit narcotics; attractive location for cash-placement by drug traffickers laundering money because of dollarization and weak anti-money-laundering regime; increased activity on the northern frontier by trafficking groups and Colombian insurgents

Ecuador Quickstats

  • Population: 13,755,680 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 283,560 sq km
  • Density: 47 /km²
  • GDP (total): $60.1 billion (69th)
  • GDP (per capita): $4,776 (111th)
  • Literacy: 91%

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  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Dial code: +593

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Ecuador Internet

  • Usage: 968,000
  • Penetration: 8.0 %
  • Top Domain: .ec

WT eBusiness info:

  • Success Ranking: 100
  • Market testing: Untested
  • Overall risk: High
  • Overall reward: Low


  • Tourism: 10%
  • eCommerce: 10%
  • Gaming: 10%
  • eLearning: 10%

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