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Deputy Mining Minister Federico Auquilla told Reuters earlier this week canada goose clearance that Canadian listed Kinross Gold Corp and Ecuacorriente would soon sign contracts for two projects worth $3 billion in total.

The negotiations have been long and canada goose difficult, in part because the government was asking companies to pay an 8 percent royalty share, whereas miners were offering 6 percent.

negotiating canadian goose jacket the contracts very hard. They will be signed in the next few days, said leftist leader Correa, who has also renegotiated part of Ecuador foreign debt and oil exploration contracts with foreign companies.

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companies have agreed to the demands of the Ecuadorean state and we completely satisfied, said canada goose replica Auquilla, the government top mining official, during the same radio show.

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He is Canada Goose Coats On Sale striving to diversify the Ecuadorean economy from crude exports, and he has taken 2018 canada goose outlet a canada goose coats on sale softer approach to investors planning to develop mines than the oil companies with canada goose black friday sale large investments in the OPEC member country.

Ecuador has a nascent mining industry. Some larger projects were initially delayed as Correa government tightened regulations for the sector.

Ecuador is also negotiating contracts with International Minerals over its Rio Blanco gold silver project, with Ecuacorriente over its Panantza San Carlos copper deposit and with IAMGold, which plans to develop the cheap Canada Goose Quimsacocha gold copper silver mine.

High oil prices have allowed Correa to increase social spending this year, which has fueled economic growth and boosted his popularity among the majority poor.