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The new legislature will have to analyze whether 10 of the 15 projects that the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (Proesa) have the green light; although some, such as the cargo terminal of the San Óscar Arnulfo Romero and Galdámez International Airport of El Salvador, managed to move on to the next phase.

 

The modern cargo terminal became the first public-private partnership (PPP) approved in the country in 2020. In September of that year, the entity launched the bids for the preparation of the feasibility study of the same, which will have an investment total of $ 14 million.

 

Another of the approved projects is the lighting and video surveillance of 143 kilometers of highway in strategic points of the country, which will benefit 10 municipalities in the departments of La Paz, La Libertad and San Salvador, and will generate safety and well-being for users who they travel those roads. It will cost $ 14 million.

 

Said project includes the security in sections of several highways from San Salvador to the air terminal, to the port of La Libertad, to Surf City and the contour from the Boulevard Constitución to Santa Tecla.

 

"El Salvador needs to take off in the economy, and PPPs have become an ambitious option in the current government's strategic agenda, since they are a tool that provides the opportunity to provide the country with works and services necessary for its development," he said. the owner of Proesa.

 

A total of 15 projects are in the pipeline, but will largely depend on the endorsement of the new legislation [1] ture, said José Collazo Hándal, director of APP at Proesa.

 

The associations will contribute to the recovery of the economy and the generation of more jobs, as well as to the relief of the State's finances.

 

The PPPs do not mean privatization, since the assets and property are not transferred, rather they are given in temporary administration so that the private sector can invest and repower, and after the agreed term it is returned to the public administration.

 

In addition, they are part of the government strategy of President Nayib Bukele and, therefore, of Proesa, an entity in charge of economic growth and the generation of more employment opportunities through public-private partnerships.

 

Viernes, 26 Marzo 2021 11:01

RANSA´s Success case

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Ransa started his expansion to Central America in the year 2005, and El Salvador was the first country we arrived in the region. We thought of El Salvador because of its strategic geographic ubication, its first-class road infrastructure that connects with other countries and the specialized human talent. Since the beginning of our operations, we have been guided by one vision: turn logistics into the competitive advantage of Latin American companies.  

 

Our warehousing, transportation, distribution, fiscal warehousing, temporal warehousing, refrigerated logistics, value-added and document management services allow us to agilely integrate the logistics chain of our clients in our 4 locations nationwide. Today we can say that we are a consolidated Company and a reference in the logistics sector, being recognized for the third consecutive year by ASAC, Asociacion Salvadoreña de Agentes de Carga, as the “Best Logistics Operator in El Salvador”.

 

This growth and development has only been possible thanks to our more than 1,500 workers and our clients that allow us to fulfill our purpose: deliver wellbeing. 

 

Sergio Torrico, Vice President at Ransa Andean Region and Central America

 

Viernes, 26 Marzo 2021 10:56

Ecosolar, the new photovoltaic plant in El Salvador

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The Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador PROESA, together with the Ministry of Economy, MINEC, and the Spanish company Ecosolar, inaugurated a new photovoltaic plant in El Salvador, an important energy project for the country, especially at a time of economic recovery.

 

The power station generated by the sun, located in the municipality of El Rosario, in the department of La Paz, had an investment of $ 13 million in construction and will have an installed capacity of 10 megawatts of nominal power, reported the Minec.

 

The photovoltaic farm has more than 34,200 solar panels, which will generate around 30,000 megawatt hours (Mwh) of clean energy per year, which will help provide electricity with lower costs to some 19,000 Salvadoran homes.

 

The Spanish company indicated that this project will contribute to the reduction of 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases, thus complying with the sustainable development objectives.

 

Each unit of energy in megawatt hours produced by the Ecosolar plant will cost about $ 55, which means that each unit generated will be marketed at 44% less compared to the price of long-term contracts for plants based on thermal generation. , which today costs about $ 98.

 

The representative of the Inversiones Ecosolar society, Marcos Gómez, explained that the country has an excellent radiation resource that places it in the world ranking within the 10 countries with the highest solar radiation.

 

He added that "the contribution of this type of project that contributes to the country's energy diversification is satisfactory and in some way, favors the mitigation of climate change that we are so concerned about."

 

For her part, María Luisa Hayem, head of the MINEC, assured that “actions like these confirm and reaffirm the Government's commitment to provide security legal to local and foreign investors, in a strategic sector for the country, such as electric power ”.

 

With this project, El Salvador's clean energy production reaches 300 megawatts, representing an investment of at least $ 540 million.

 

The official said that the legal stability contract signed with Ecosolar becomes the second within the management of the Government of President Nayib Bukele, and the third that has been signed in the history of the country.

 

The photovoltaic plant generated, only in the construction phase, around 300 new jobs, and about 150 indirect ones, and in the administrative and production area it will have a dozen additional jobs.

 

La Libertad port will become in one of the most emblematics departments in El Salvador for tourism, with one of the most ambitious bets for “Surf City”, where there is working on the improvements to place amusements rides in Malecón of La Libertad Port.

 

The project consists in the installation of five mechanical rides: Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, Carousel, Frog Jump and Boat, which have been donated by the cooperation of the People's Republic of China. In this ambitious project, the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) has provided $ 4 million for the improvement works of the place.

 

"Surf City is not a physical space, but it is the strategy with which we are developing the entire tourist chain that we have in the coastal-maritime zone, it is a circuit of 50 beaches in which infrastructure is being developed.

 

The Surf City amusement park has an area of ​​4,000 square meters and it is located in the tourist complex.

 

"The amusement park 'Surf City' will change the way of doing tourism in the area, in addition to the improvement works that are being carried out in the facilities we will have a development of the tourist infrastructure only in La Libertad of 27%".

 

The project is 50% complete, where the spaces for eight restaurants with capacity for 768 seats are adapted and four commercial premises are built, which include viewpoints on the second level, with natural finishes, trees, expansion of the existing green areas , new public spaces and rooms, such as parks equipped with showers, street furniture and shaded benches. It is projected to work later this year.

 

"The works being carried out are adaptation, construction and expansion of areas to provide new recreation areas, consumer areas, universal accessibility, free pedestrian access and the park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,"  although initially it is projected to be open until 10:00 at night.

 

With the projects, more than 100 tourist companies in the area will benefit and will generate better jobs in the sector and the visit of 1 million people, between nationals and foreigners.

 

Surf City is the Government's great bet to turn El Salvador into a world-class destination, where everyone wants to visit, invest and live.

 

La Libertad port will become in one of the most emblematics departments in El Salvador for tourism, with one of the most ambitious bets for “Surf City”, where there is working on the improvements to place amusements rides in Malecón of La Libertad Port.

 

The project consists in the installation of five mechanical rides: Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, Carousel, Frog Jump and Boat, which have been donated by the cooperation of the People's Republic of China. In this ambitious project, the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) has provided $ 4 million for the improvement works of the place.

 

"Surf City is not a physical space, but it is the strategy with which we are developing the entire tourist chain that we have in the coastal-maritime zone, it is a circuit of 50 beaches in which infrastructure is being developed.
 

The Surf City amusement park has an area of ​​4,000 square meters and it is located in the tourist complex.

 

"The amusement park 'Surf City' will change the way of doing tourism in the area, in addition to the improvement works that are being carried out in the facilities we will have a development of the tourist infrastructure only in La Libertad of 27%".

 

The project is 50% complete, where the spaces for eight restaurants with capacity for 768 seats are adapted and four commercial premises are built, which include viewpoints on the second level, with natural finishes, trees, expansion of the existing green areas , new public spaces and rooms, such as parks equipped with showers, street furniture and shaded benches. It is projected to work later this year.

 

"The works being carried out are adaptation, construction and expansion of areas to provide new recreation areas, consumer areas, universal accessibility, free pedestrian access and the park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,"  although initially it is projected to be open until 10:00 at night.

 

With the projects, more than 100 tourist companies in the area will benefit and will generate better jobs in the sector and the visit of 1 million people, between nationals and foreigners.

 

Surf City is the Government's great bet to turn El Salvador into a world-class destination, where everyone wants to visit, invest and live.

 

The wind turbines are ready to work. The energy generation throug wind there wont be something the El Salvador could envy.

 

The Ventus eolic Project, property of Tracia Network Corporation, a company that operates two eolic parks in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

 

The mounting has finished and it´s expected to have culminated the commissioning (testing stage) of the last wind turbine for the first weeks of March 2021.

 

The Project has 15 wind turbines of 120 meters high (the highest of the region), each has 3 blades of 67 meters, per year, it will generate 170 gigavatios/hour (GWh).

 

The eolic park is located in Municipality of Metapán, Santa Ana department.

 

By venturing into this type of project, the country will be producing an extra 54 megawatts (MW), through wind energy, which will avoid the emission of 200,000 tons of CO2 per year.

 

In addition, the work will help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, offer the country stability in the price of energy and diversify the energy matrix.

 

The company indicated that the project does not have a specific sector to which it will be injected, but that the energy generated is delivered and distributed through the national electricity grid, benefiting the entire country.

 

Initially, the investment estimate for the project was $ 73.23 million. «The amount of the investment is considerable, and contributes to the indicators of foreign direct investment in the country. This investment is a real sign of the confidence that El Salvador is generating at the regional and international level, ”said the project manager.

 

At the time of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the infrastructure had an approximate progress of 45%, but then it experienced a delay in the activities of unloading, transportation and assembly of the main components of the park, including wind turbines and other equipment.

 

Upon completion of construction, Ventus will have the installed capacity necessary to supply the demand of 100,000 Salvadoran homes. The construction of the park has generated more than 1,300 direct jobs during the construction phase, and another 20 when it begins its operation phase.

 

The company indicated that they are open to future investments, specifically in the energy sector, in case there is a commercial opportunity that gives it viability to finance them, since they are long-term and require energy sales contracts in the same terms.

 

Aeronautics is seeking new international companies to land on Salvadoran lands so that they can take off the country's economy after the stagnation caused by COVID-19.

 

José Emilio Márquez, specialist in investment promotion of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (Proesa), said that currently El Salvador is prepared to serve all types of companies that want to venture into the sector in charge of flying the skies Salvadorans.

 

Despite the fact that the industry has been in turbulence due to the pandemic, between 2019 and 2020, it represented $ 321.3 million in exports of maintenance and repair services and, in addition, $ 26.7 million in cargo movement.

 

According to the specialist, that means at the national level an increase of 10.1% of the services exported in 2020, that is, a growth of $ 57.4 million compared to previous years.

 

The capital collection obtained in these years is due, according to the expert, to the companies operating in the country, which generates confidence in other nations of the world so that they have El Salvador on their radar for new investments.

 

"The experience and recognition that El Salvador has as a country that specializes in the field and with a successful experience in the development of the industry, has given it credibility with industries in the same sector but that are international," he explained.

 

The expert in the industry in charge of transport in the sky reported that, at present, they are working on creating a cluster that serves to seek new investments in the country and stressed that the Salvadoran territory has specialized services for aircrafts, such as Maintenance , Repair and Operation (OMR, for its acronym in English).

 

In addition to commercial aircraft services, aeronautics on the ground, business opportunities in helicopter assembly, it is believed that there is an opportunity in the manufacture of aircraft or light aircraft fuselages and in the creation of parts such as for ailerons and engines.

 

Also, according to Márquez, other opportunities offered by El Salvador are the painting and maintenance of aircraft interiors, repair, change and reconstruction of seats, the creation of aeronautical harnesses, the assembly of aerostructures, workshops for component maintenance and warehousing distribution services for aeronautical parts.

 

On the other hand, the specialist indicated that the country makes investment possible, since it offers a regulatory framework in terms of incentives and makes use of legal instruments such as: the International Services Law, which offers incentives in the logistics part, call center services , and allows tax extensions, import duties, and income tax exception.

 

Márquez said that he is also betting on the transformation of the plastic sector and the mechanical metal sector, so that they can become, at first, producers of inputs for the industry and contribute to the generation of employment.

 

Only in El Salvador, aeronautics generates between 14,000 and 16,000 jobs between direct and indirect. Also, the salary in the sector is between $ 700 and $ 1,000.

 

Industry in turmoil due to pandemic

At the international level, aeronautics fell between 44% and 80% in the number of passengers they move, that according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); However, prior to the pandemic, the sector had been growing 3.1% annually.

 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA, for its acronym in English) maintains that the item would be recovering to levels of previous years until 2024; however, specialists from the country believe that El Salvador could stabilize before that date.

 

Sector Profile

In North America, the sector represents 41% of the economy of those countries and in Latin America only 5%.

Last year the sector fell by 44% and 80% in the number of passengers they handle, according to the International Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Aeronautics represents 4.1% of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

El Salvador's experience in the field and in the development of the industry have given it credibility at the international level.

José Emilio Márquez, PROESA Promotion specialist for Aeronautics

HanesBrands carried out the eleventh graduation of the educational program in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MINED), to provide education to its employees.

 

The high school graduation becomes the first to be done virtually, the beneficiaries are part of the HanesBrands program that ended last year, but could not be completed, due to the restrictions of the pandemic.

 

«This is the first graduation of the program of flexible modalities that the MINED officially takes place this year. More than a decade after implementing the Hanes Educational Program.

 

Since 2009, with the HanesBrands Educational Program, the company has invested an approximate of $ 3 million for the learning of its employees between El Salvador and Honduras.

 

The investment includes access to resources to complete basic education, university studies, employees with master's degrees and various certifications, as well as participation in specialized courses within Hanes mechanical schools in both countries.

 

In total, the company has added more than 450,000 hours in training initiatives and educational specialization of its employees throughout Central America.

 

Likewise, the company in previous editions has graduated employees from university careers, an action that makes it the first company in the field to carry out this type of educational program for its employees.

 

“We have worked for more than a decade to provide our employees with the most valuable asset education. With this new graduation we validate once again our commitment to improve living conditions in the countries where we operate, ”said Sikaffy.

 

The ceremony was held simultaneously in the six plants that the company operates in the country, Hanes representatives presented a total of 67 bachelor's degrees to their employees in El Salvador.

 

The first promotion that the company graduates in times of pandemic. In total, the awardees completed 85% of the study hours of online modalities, mostly through their smartphones an average of eight hours a week.

 

"It is demonstrated how Hanes, despite the pandemic, continues to maintain the benefits for its employees and offer creative alternatives so that they can get ahead," concluded Sikaffy.

 

According to the human resources leader, the opportunity given to employees to continue their studies also affects their productivity, as greater loyalty is obtained, as well as a more motivated workforce to carry out your day-to-day operations especially in these times of Covid-19.

 

«I finally managed to finish high school after 15 years ago I stopped studying and then I rejoined in 2018 with the support of the Hanes Educational Program, the effort has been worth it since this diploma opens up new study opportunities for me and life, "said Elvia Martínez, operator of the El Salvador Socks plant since 2009.

 

One of the main focuses of Hanes Organizational Development strategy is to provide education at all levels of the company. Therefore, it provides a series of benefits to keep its staff motivated and trained with the three talent development centers, a school for industrial mechanics and a school for textile mechanics, both unique in the region.

 

The company covers the costs of coordinating the learning programs, subsidizes school supplies, and supports adjusting work schedules with study schedules.

 

Hanes has operated in El Salvador for almost 30 years, where it has consolidated the business with a total of six manufacturing, cutting and sewing plants. In addition, being one of the largest exporting companies in the country with a total of eight consecutive years, registering at the end of 2019, a total of $ 798 million in sales abroad.

The energy market continues to move towards a more diverse set of generation sources; the Government's actions have focused on speeding up the execution of investments and supporting the renewable energy industry.

 

Data from the National Energy Council (CNE) show that renewable generation sources contributed 94.4% of the national total, until January 31, 2021. Compared with the previous data, it is equivalent to an approximate increase of 7%.

 

In the short and medium term, this will directly benefit households, since with the aforementioned diversification, the market price of energy also lowers. This is then perceived in the bills that households receive.

 

Even wind power, the newest player on the market, doubled its share. In December 2020, wind power injected 7.53 gigawatts per hour (Gw / h), while already in January 2021, it reached 15.67 Gw / h.

 

The CNE recorded important contributions from other sources. Geothermal energy, one of the most valuable resources in the world, contributed 119.07 GW / h; hydroelectric, 124.43 Gw / h; biomass, 106.43 Gw / h; and solar, 46.44 Gw / h.

 

For this year, the good news will continue in this market. The 3 de Febrero plant, in San Miguel, will soon start operating and will add more gigawatts with a minimal impact on the environment. The Government is also in the process of formulating a proposal for the Acelhuate River to become a generator, while being able to rescue it from extreme contamination.

At a time when tourism has suffered an economic contraction from which it will not begin to emerge until 2023, El Salvador has begun to position itself as a biosecure destination for international tourists, said the Minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez.this morning.

 

The official pointed out that, according to data from the World Tourism Organization, almost 80% of the sector has contracted because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, a contraction that will begin to level off as of 2023. However, in this scenario, El Salvador has positioned itself as a biosecurity offer for international tourists.

 

«The tourist is looking for a place where he feels safe and biosecure. El Salvador has stood out, the perception of people both internally and externally has said so, "said Minister Valdez, ensuring that this revaluation of El Salvador as a tourist spot is due to the management that the Executive Branch has made of the pandemic in the country.

 

Valdez emphasized that as the Ministry of Tourism they are looking for all companies that offer in the field to obtain the safety certification and that they comply with the regulations for the protection against coronavirus infections in El Salvador.

 

«Apart from having obtained the seal of safe destination by the biosafety protocols, we are looking for more, that all the entrepreneurs in the tourism value chain are certifie. The health of Salvadorans and our visitors must prevail, "said the official.

 

Valdez highlighted that within the plan for the management and reactivation of the Salvadoran tourism sector, biosecurity in establishments has been key. In addition, she stressed that the plan has been based on liquidity, promotion and positioning of the country's tourism offer, based on a biosafety approach for consumers.

 

«We have visited more than 300 establishments in conjunction with FOSALUD. Of all the items, the ones that we found most that they needed several things were from the food sector. We have received more complaints and reports from the bars. It is important to emphasize that we are living in this new normal, the countries are revaluing our destinations, "she said.

 

Finally, Valdez announced that «between May 29 and June 6 we will be holding the surf pre-Olympic; we are waiting for the information that the International Olympic Committee will send us. This will be a milestone for the entire region "and that" this week we will be inaugurating Puerto Parada, in Usulután. "

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