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  • Ecuadorian Mining Minister in Australia (Esther Lozano)Source: Esther Lozano
In an interview with SBS Radio Spanish, Minister Javier Cordova Unda, said investors can find projects in Ecuador that cannot be found in Chile or Peru. He highlighted the low cost of labor and operations as advantages for Australian investors.
Esther Lozano / SBS Radio Spanish

23 May 2015 - 4:16 PM  UPDATED 26 May 2015 - 6:00 PM

In relation to the Ecuadorian regulations to protect the environment and the indigenous populations within a mining context, the minister highlighted Ecuador has two independent ministries in Ecuador, created to take care of the environment and the water. Both government departments control regulations are followed by national and international companies.

Minister Cordova Unda explained the Ecuadorian government is now directly involved in the management of community discussions related to new investments to guarantee a better dialogue between the parts.

A percentage of the roylaties needs to be invested in areas of influence of the project, in areas that can be described as "social development".

Apart from making the community projects possible, Cordova Unda said to SBS, this guided investment of a percentage of the royalties also helps the communities to feel involved and connected with the projects.

Listen to the whole interview