According to industry research, Ecuador’s construction sector languishes due to poor infrastructure and lack of investments. The construction industry was valued at $5.62 billion in 2009. The industry is projected to fall to $5.48 billion in 2010. However, with the commodity prices increasing, this sector is expected to reach $6.96 billion by 2014. The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in 2009 authorized a loan of $350 million in addition to $16.5 million provided by the government for developing the initial phase of a national road program. Ecuador is one of the riskiest countries in South America to begin a business. The country relies heavily on oil exports and had a fiscal deficit of -6% in 2009. Echoing the slump, the construction industry is expected to fall by 5.8% in 2010.