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Economic Opportunities and Environment

OVERVIEW

USAID/El Salvador fosters increased trade and economic opportunities for small and medium businesses. To accomplish this, USAID supports job creation and successful implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) – an important tool that can contribute to poverty reduction.

DESCRIPTION

USAID supports the development of laws and policies that promote trade and investment and which lay the foundation for a sound macroeconomic environment. By supporting a sound fiscal policy and well-administered tax system, USAID helps El Salvador increase revenue for social and public sector investments. USAID also helps the country to benefit from CAFTA-DR by creating programs to foster a policy environment conducive to private sector growth, increased investment, and a strengthened skilled labor force. Trade capacity building activities increase the productivity and efficiency of small and medium enterprises.

USAID/El Salvador’s programs strengthen Salvadoran capacity to manage and conserve watersheds and protect biodiversity in and around protected areas. In addition to protecting and conserving critical biodiversity, these programs establish management practices that balance the economic and environmental priorities through the development of ecotourism, job creation, and improved incomes.

Through a new short-term program, USAID will assist vulnerable populations severely affected by the global financial crisis. The program will support government-run social protection programs through conditional cash transfers, temporary employment targeted to youth and women, and support for vocational training opportunities.

USAID/El Salvador also works with municipalities that seek to eliminate local constraints to greater growth and investment. USAID’s work at the municipal level is expected to leverage other resources while focusing on developing the potential of local attractions, opportunities, and strengths.

USAID assistance:

  • Increases government revenues for social investments
  • Improves capacity to negotiate and implement trade agreements
  • Reduces barriers to trade, investment, and market integration
  • Improves commercial laws and regulations to be more consistent with international commitments and prevailing practices
  • Increases access to market information, business management, and technical skills training
  • Improves business linkages to have more competitive business clusters or geographic concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions
  • Increases access to technology
  • Increases access to rural financial services
  • Improves end use management of critical watersheds
  • Increases harmonization and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations
  • Mitigates the effects of the global financial crisis on vulnerable populations through support to the government of El Salvador’s social protection programs, such as the Temporary Income Support Program (PATI)

Last updated: May 06, 2014

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