Undersecretary of State for Ecuador Alvaro Ordonez was involved in negotiating the first large scale mining contract in Ecuador.
Mr. Ordonez, an Ecuadorian attorney, is a 2009 graduate from Denver Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law LLM program.
Wilson Pastor, the Ecuadorian government's Nonrenewable Resources Minister, said, "With this project Ecuador will be the world leader in terms of how much revenue it will be obtaining," Mining.com reported.
The agreement was signed between Ecuacorriente, a Chinese-based firm, and Ecuador.
Don Smith, Director of the Denver Law program, said, "All of us in Denver were thrilled to learn about Alvaro's role in helping his native country establish its first major mining deal. This agreement seems likely to benefit Ecuador and enhance its status as a key location for the production of natural resources."
Lucy Daberkow, Administrative Director of the LLM program, said, "Everyone associated with Denver Law is proud of the accomplishments in which Alvaro is involved. When Alvaro studied in Denver he often talked about his love of his country. Now he is in a position to put what he learned here to work for the benefit of all Ecuadorians."