Ecuador awaits IMF visit to review econ program

A team from the International Monetary Fund will arrive in Ecuador in the next few days to evaluate the country's macroeconomic program. Economy and finance minister Luis Yturralde on Friday told reporters that the IMF team, headed by John Thornton, would remain in the country for 15 days.

Last April, Ecuador came to terms with the IMF on a $304 million one-year standby credit facility. The country drew down $114 million in April and another $39 million in August. Yturralde said the government