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March 3, 2014

El Salvador is the third largest economy in Central America, and the most densely populated, with 6.2 million mainly urban inhabitants. In the years following the end of the civil war in 1992, El Salvador made significant democratic advances, including successive free and fair elections. While the democratic transition has been accompanied by significant, social and economic progress and social indicators such as infant mortality rates and literacy have improved, poverty and inequality of opportunity have increased as problems.

Meanwhile, criminal activity, particularly gang related violence, has increased dramatically. In recent years, El Salvador has had one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

The United States has an interest in a stable, prosperous El Salvador, one that shares U.S. democratic values, is a reliable partner in the fight against transnational crime, and plays an active and responsible role in international affairs.

The new San Antonio Bridge is part of the major route for sugar cane, a main export product of El Salvador.
December 19, 2013

SAN SALVADOR – U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, and authorities from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) kicked off the construction of the permanent bridge over the San Antonio River, the first project to start under USAID’s Tropical Storm Ida Reconstruction Project. The design and construction of the bridge, located 2.4 miles from the Port of La Libertad on El Salvador’s important Coast Highway, is valued at $ 1.9 million.

November 26, 2013

SAN SALVADOR–Over 400 micro and small businesses attended a financial services fair, hosted by USAID and the National Commission for Micro and Small Enterprises (CONAMYPE), where they were offered  financing opportunities through 10 banks and two microfinance institutions.  In addition, these micro and small businesses had the opportunity to receive technical advice through the Small Business Development Centers and the Business Development Municipal Units as well as business talks on various topics of interest to the sector.

November 21, 2013

SAN SALVADOR–The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the results of the 2013 Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI), reflecting improvements in the competitiveness level of 108 municipalities in El Salvador.

Hundreds of youth participate in this educational program
August 29, 2013

U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, along with Alfredo Cristiani, president of the Raíces Foundation; Ricardo Sagrera, founder and President of the ¡Supérate! Program; and Thania Segura, from Microsoft Latin America, inaugurated the seventh ¡Supérate! Center, the Raices Center in Soyapango.

50 new guidance counselors show their certificate
July 29, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Improving Access to Employment Program, along with Fe y Alegria and the Salvadoran Professional Training Institute (INSAFORP) awarded certificates to 50 new guidance counselors, who were trained in the use of the specialized portal “Choosing my Future” www.elijomifuturo.com.

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Last updated: July 28, 2014

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