The Association of Medical Tourism (ATM) of the United States is in the country accompanied by tour operators to learn about medical possibilities.
Elsalvador.com publishes in its website: “...the work of promoting medical services is encouraged by institutions such as: Cámara de Exportadores de Servicios de Salud de El Salvador (Exportsalud), Agencia de Promoción de Exportaciones de El Salvador (Exporta), Agencia de Promoción de Inversiones (Proesa) and the Ministerio de Turismo (Mitur)."
Services sales equal that of maquilas and represent three fourths of the non-traditional exports.
The diagnostic on the capacity for the export of services done by the agency in 2008, indicates that based on the close out of the balance of payments by the Central Bank (BCR) 2007, exports for this item were at $1.5 billion.
The data from the BCR reveal that from 2002 to 2007, the sector had a positive behavior, with a growth rate of a yearly average of 13.7%, a tendency that currently continues to hold. In the second quarter of 2008, there were already $412.3 million in sales.
The opening of these offices in countries with which we have free trade agreements is a part of the National Export Strategy.
Aldo Vallejo, Director of the Export Promotion Agency (EXPORTA), indicated that these offices provide exporters with commercial intelligence information about business opportunities and commercial contracts.
El Salvador's exports broke all records in the January-May period this year, growing at 19.4 percent compared with 2007 and totalling 1.906 billion dollars.
The Central Reserve Bank reports that the increase is due in part to the sale of non-traditional products, the good performance of the maquila sector, and the growth of coffee exports, which have brought in 50 percent more revenues than last year.