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Viernes, 03 Abril 2020 15:55

OFFICIAL RELEASE

These are the provisions of the Government of El Salvador to contain the COVID-19 pandemic so far, as determined by the president of the Republic, Nayib Bukele:

 

1. The Expanded Health Cabinet was activated, with daily meetings and monitoring to analyze the situation and take appropriate actions.

 

2. Since January, concrete actions have been initiated, such as sanitization of the International Airport, and the installation of thermographic cameras at the different borders of the country.

 

3. The free entry of foreigners is gradually being restricted until it is determined that none may enter to El Salvador by any means.

 

4. Salvadorans residents and diplomats entering the country will be subject to a 30-day quarantine without exceptions or privileges. Any person, Salvadoran or foreign, who attempts to enter the country through blind spots will be arrested.

 

5. Classes, workshops and diploma courses at all levels, in both the public and private sectors, have been suspended until 13th April or until new notification.

 

6. Public performances and sporting events have been suspended until new notification.

 

7. Outpatient care in all 31 national hospitals and all health units is suspended until new notification.

 

8. The Legislative Assembly approves two decrees to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: The State of Emergency, and the Law of Temporary Restriction of Concrete Constitutional Right to handle the COVID-19 Emergency.

 

9. Non-emergency private and public dental appointments are suspended.

 

10. You should only leave the house when it is strictly necessary. This is not a vacation, but a State of Emergency and Exception.

 

11. Crowds of more than 50 people are prohibited, except for workplaces, people in traffic and bus stations.

 

12. Duicentros, bars, discotheques and gyms must close, for at least 14 days, from the moment it was decreed.

 

13. The public sector and private enterprise must send home, without exception, the following workers:

 

-Over the age of 60,

 

-Pregnant women,

 

-People with chronic diseases, such as kidney failure, immunosuppressed people, serious heart conditions, and all cases indicated by the Ministry of Labour.

 

Companies should carry out this measure on a paid basis, allowing home office where possible.

 

14. The public sector should send to home workers who are not strictly necessary to provide vital services, without exception. This measure includes the other State institutions and all the City Halls.

 

15. The Ministry of Labour will verify the strict compliance with these measures, otherwise fines will be imposed. Also, it will supervise that all companies that continue working comply with the established occupational health and containment measures.

 

16. All these labour measures will be in force for 30 days from 17th March.

 

17. Companies other than those providing food, medicine or supplies necessary for the operation of the country are advised to send staff home, for payment. The Government will benefit all companies that do so by pre-qualifying them with productive and working capital loans from Banco Hipotecario.

 

18. The Salvadoran Consumer Protection Institution will initiate price fixing to prevent abuse and hoarding will be fined.

 

19. The Vice-Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Works will verify that public transport drivers wear masks and make alcohol gel available to passengers, also to sanitizing the units 3 times a day.

 

20. Construction has begun of the largest hospital in Latin America to deal with the pandemic, which will be at the Center of Fairs and Conventions (known as CIFCO). It will have 300 Intensive Care Units and more than 2,000 hospital beds, exclusively for confirmed patients.

 

21. All government institutions involved, including the Civil National Police (known as PNC), must ensure the compliance with these health provisions. The Armed Forces coordinate logistics in quarantine centers.

 

Containing the coronavirus is the responsibility of each of us. Stay home.

 

Whatever happens, we'll do right by our country.

 

 San Salvador, March 17th, 2020 

 

 

Miércoles, 01 Abril 2020 16:00

INFORMATIVE RELEASE

The Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (known as PROESA), in view of the measures decreed yesterday by the president of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, within the framework of the national emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, informs our staff and general public that:

 

- From now on, we will be implementing the off-site work mode exclusively for all employees aged 60 and over, and for pregnant women, so they must stay in their homes until new notification, and perform their duties from their place of residence.

 

- All other employees will work normally, on the established schedules, reminding them that must continue to comply the exceptional prevention measures.

 

PROESA is committed to protecting the health and lives of its workers.

 

 

 San Salvador, March 16th, 2020 

 

 

Miércoles, 01 Abril 2020 15:47

PRESS RELEASE

The Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (known as PROESA) informs to the community that the public activities planned to be carried out by the institution are suspended until new notification.

 

This is in response to the declaration of a nationwide red alert issued today by the president of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, as a measure to safeguard the population from the threat of the COVID 19 virus.

 

All public activities scheduled by the directions in charge of Exports, Investments, Public-Private Partnerships and other operational areas of the institution are suspended.

 

As an institution of the Government of El Salvador, we encourage the population to keep calm, to inform yourself through official media and take into account the stipulated preventive measures.

 

PROESA is committed to the development of keeping an atmosphere of economic, political and social security that seeks the well-being of citizens.

 

 March 13th, 2020 

 

The celebration of the 59th edition of the National Student Sport Games was announced yesterday with a conference given by the National Sports Institute (known as INDES) and the Ministry of Education (known as MINED). The event was attended by the president of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (known as PROESA), Salvador Gómez Góchez.

 

Thousands of student athletes are expected to take part in the days of competition to be held within the framework of these games.

 

The president of INDES, Yamil Bukele, gave the details of the competitions, the budget and the entertainment options to the audience.

 

"I congratulate the Ministry of Education and INDES for supporting the Salvadoran youth through sport and all the initiatives that president Nayib Bukele promotes for the benefit of our young people. These student games inspire our young people to compete honestly to be the best," head of PROESA said.

 

To find out more about the services offered by PROESA, visit our website at www.proesa.gob.sv. or call (503) 25927000

 

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March 11th, 2020

 

Projects valued at more than $9 million were inaugurated today by representatives of the government of El Salvador at the facilities of the Malecón Turístico at Puerto de La Libertad. These include the transformation of the handicraft dock and the amphitheater, new gastronomy areas, a crosswalk and the construction of the new Mercado del Mar.

 

This last project is a modern infrastructure, representing $5 million, which shelters boat cooperatives, seafood salespeople located before on the handicraft dock, and more than 43 gastronomy business.

 

"I invite Salvadorans abroad and foreign tourists to come to El Salvador and visit our beaches. With the Surf City project that president Nayib Bukele is promoting, today we are a reference in tourism around the world”, president of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (known as PROESA), Salvador Gómez Góchez, said, while was participating in the opening ceremony.

 

On the other hand, the minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez, said that "we are working to create a gap of economic development and employment generation, through a leap in quality of tourism infrastructure; Salvadoran people deserves modern and accessible tourism spaces”.

 

The projects, which seek to guarantee the public access to the beaches, began in February, with 1,200 meters of seafront, new restaurant areas with lookout platforms, and recreational areas. These will be extended throughout 2020.

 

To find out more about the services offered by PROESA, visit our website at www.proesa.gob.sv. or call (503) 25927000

 

Follow us on our social media:

Twitter: @PROESASV

Facebook: @PROESAOficial

YouTube: PROESA El Salvador 

 

 

February 28th, 2020

 

The Government of El Salvador carried out the firm of the Legal Stability Contract between the Ministry of Economy (known as MINEC) and Sonsonate Solar company. This action has the approval of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (known as PROESA) and seeks to guarantee the legal security of investment in the strategic renewable energy sector, contributing to its growth and to sustainable economic and social development, and to employment generation in the country.

 

The signing ceremony was headed by the minister of economy, María Luisa Hayem; the representative of Sonsonate Solar, Sebastián Libkind; and the president of PROESA, Salvador Gómez Góchez, as a witness of honor.

 

According to minister Hayem, "this is the first act of this nature managed within president Nayib Bukele's Despegue Económico Plan, and the second one signed in the country's history. Actions such as these are being carried out thank to the confidence that this government brings to investors and which has been concretized with the teamwork of MINEC and PROESA".

 

On the other hand, the head of PROESA added that "this legal stability contract signed today constitutes more certainty and guarantee over time, which we are giving from the government to national and foreign companies so that they come and invest in El Salvador. We are going to bet on the economic areas that generate many jobs and sustainable development, such as the renewable energy sector".

 

Sonsonate Solar will invest $13 million in an investment project that has begun with the installation of an electric generation plant based on photovoltaic solar technology, with an installed capacity of 10 MW that is expected to start operations on April 1st 2020, in the municipality of Acajutla, department of Sonsonate.

 

This plant will have 38,460 solar panels that will produce 23,200 MWh of clean and more economical energy per year, which represents the electricity consumption of at least 12,000 Salvadoran homes, a decrease of approximately 17,300 tons of CO2 and the generation of 186 direct jobs only in its construction phase.  Besides, 3% of Sonsonate Solar's investment will be assigned to the construction of projects in Acajutla.

 

On the State side, is guaranteed to Sonsonate Solar the stability of the current conditions applicable to direct taxes at the national and municipal levels, the maintenance of customs procedures, the free transfer of funds and no less favorable migratory conditions for the key people in this investment.

 

This contract has as a regulatory framework in the Law of Legal Stability for Investments, and is according to the National Energy Policy promoted by the National Energy Council (known as CNE).

 

San Salvador, February 25th, 2020

El aparato ayudará a pacientes complicados por coronavirus que necesitan asistencia para respirar. Los especialistas trabajan a marcha rápida desde la semana pasada.

 

Un equipo multidisciplinario del Laboratorio de Nanotecnología del Instituto de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (ICTI), de la Universidad Francisco Gavidia (UFG), ha creado un prototipo de respirador mecánico automatizado utilizando tecnología 3D, con la finalidad de que pueda ser replicado y usado en la atención de pacientes que puedan sufrir una condición grave de coronavirus y necesitan respiración asistida.

 

Óscar Picardo Joao, director del ICTI y encargado de la conceptualización del proyecto, dijo que se plantearon desarrollar este equipo al ver el rápido avance de la enfermedad, así como al hecho de que no hay suficientes respiradores mecánicos en la red de hospitales del país.

 

El déficit de ventiladores es, de acuerdo con sus palabras, una situación que suele obligar a que los estudiantes de último año de medicina sean designados a permanecer por una o dos horas junto a los pacientes delicados dando respiración asistida de forma manual con un bambú.

 

Picardo Joao manifestó que, desde la semana antepasada y bajo la coordinación del doctor Rainer Christoph, los investigadores Wolfgang Büscher, Romeo Muñoz, Ángel Hernández y Jonathan Ventura, trabajan a paso acelerado en el desarrollo de ese modelo de ambú automatizado de bajo costo, a fin de que cumpla todos los requisitos biomédicos y reglas internacionales, para este último cometido se sumó al grupo Alicia Urquilla.

 

Tal como describen los investigadores, la base del sistema es emular una mano que presionará automáticamente la bolsa resucitadora suministrando oxígeno al paciente.

 

Sin embargo, Picardo Joao subrayó que tienen que definir con precisión no solo el tiempo de suministro sino también la cantidad requerida por un paciente, esto con el fin de evitar el riesgo de daño a los alvéolos pulmonares.

 

Expuso que una vez tengan el prototipo final se podrá producir a pequeña escala y seguir mejorando aspectos como los motores, e incluso muchas de las piezas que son producidas con impresora 3D.

 

Sobre la naturaleza e impacto del proyecto de investigación externó que se trata de una respuesta universitaria a un problema real del país.

Companies that are affected or close their operations voluntarily during the national emergency by Covid-19 may prequalify to credits that the Government will provide as an incentive to reactivate the productive fabric through a new portal that the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MTPS).

 

This platform is anchored to the official page of the Ministry of Labor at the address "mtps.gob.sv". This website contains information on the preventive forms before the Covid-19, measures and actions taken by the Executive during the quarantine, an informative on the symptoms of the disease, business services, emergency contacts and citizen complaint.

 

In the "business services" tab is the prequalification to certify companies in credit incentives for voluntary closure during the national emergency. This is the first step to access the emerging line of credit that the Banco Hipotecario enabled.

 

 

Las empresas que resulten afectadas o cierren sus operaciones de manera voluntaria durante la emergencia nacional por el Covid-19 podrán precalificar a los créditos que el Gobierno brindará como incentivo para reactivar el tejido productivo a través de un nuevo portal que habilitó este martes el Ministerio de Trabajo y Previsión Social (MTPS).

 

Esta plataforma se encuentra anclada a la página oficial del Ministerio de Trabajo en la dirección “mtps.gob.sv”. Este sitio web contiene información sobre las formas preventivas ante el Covid-19, medidas y acciones tomadas por el Ejecutivo durante la cuarentena, un informativo de los síntomas de la enfermedad, servicios a empresas, contactos de emergencia y denuncia ciudadana.

 

En la pestaña de “servicios a empresas” se encuentra la precalificación para certificar a las compañías en incentivos crediticios por el cierre voluntario durante la emergencia nacional. Este es el primer paso para acceder la línea de crédito emergente que habilitó el Banco Hipotecario.

 

 

 

The President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, ordered this week to stop table service in restaurants, gyms, bars, clubs and shopping centers. However, banks, supermarkets and pharmacies are exempt from these measures.

 

"The Superintendency of the Financial System reiterates that it has established permanent communication channels with the supervised entities, to ensure compliance with the measures established by the Government. In addition, it maintains constant supervision to guarantee that the service is provided to the user population in this emergency period, "informed the institution and called to also use digital channels.

 

In addition, the standards committee of the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) approved the standards for the implementation of measures issued during the crisis, which establish that penalties will not be applied to those who do not fulfill their debts. In addition to allowing credit and refinancing due to the crisis.

 

"People will be able to approach financial institutions to find solutions that facilitate the payment of their debts. The temporary regulations allow support to individuals and legal entities with difficulties in paying insurance premiums, derived from the pandemic, so that they do not lose insurance coverage, "the BCR said in a statement.

 

Norms were also approved to promote loans to affected companies and others related to the payment of contributions and pensioners.

 

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