El Salvador: Preliminary agreement for Port concession

Although it is not definitive, it seems that the various sectors have agreed that the La Union Port will be granted in concession to an international operator.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


This was expressed by spokespersons for the presidential commission set up to analyze the concession of the Acajutla and the La Union ports.
Gloria Salguero Gross, presidential commissioner for governance, explained that "if we do not get an operator that is well recognized and of great importance, it will be a total failure," logically in reference to the model of administration for which is government is responsible.

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