There is still no official information about whether brand name distributors will be able to keep importing fuel from their source of choice.
The request for entry into the oil agreement with Venezuela marks the economic and political differences between the outgoing government of Mauricio Funes and that of the new President Sanchez Ceren, indicating a higher affinity for the conglomerate led by Venezuela.
President Mauricio Funes has vetoed the legislative decree suspending the charging of $18 for non-intrusive inspections at customs offices in the country.
From a statement issued by the presidency of El Salvador:
The President, Mauricio Funes vetoed today, after considering it inconvenient, the six-month suspension of the collection of a few for the service of nonintrusive inspection at customs office, which deputies approved by Legislative Decree no. 629.
Industrial unions are pointing to "constant and unnecessary" confrontations between Funes and employers which is degrading the investment climate.
The President of the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI) accused Mauricio Funes of a "lack of investment" in the country, and that his statements undermine the climate of confidence needed to attract investment.
The signature of President Funes is still needed in order for the fee of $18 to be suspended for the non-intrusive inspections at customs offices in El Salvador.
Companies are calling for the presidential ratification of what has been passed in the Legislature, namely the suspension for 180 days of the charges on scans performed on exports and imports, and streamlining of the procedures for non-intrusive inspections.
The special controls for Politically Exposed Persons (PEP), was one of the reforms that was left out because the deputies did not approve it and the President, Mauricio Funes did not suggest it despite this being a recommendation by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Group (CFATF by its initials in Spanish).
The new installations will carry out physical, chemical and microbiological analysis in order to ensure the safety of each product.
From a press release issued by the Government of El Salvador:
The Government of the Republic today inaugurated a modern laboratory for quality control of medicines,, considered by experts as one of the most modern in Central America and which will ensure the efficacy and safety of all medicines sold in the country.
If approval is not given to the amendments to the Law on Public-Private Partnerships and the Money and Asset Laundering Act, the second disbursement will not be realised.
This was explained by Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes. "Donors are free to stipulate any conditions deemed appropriate. Everything that is the responsibility of the Executive has already been done," he said.
Congress supports the sale of 11 out of 53 of the banned pesticides but experts believe that these are the ones that cause the most damage.
MPs "... still have not reached an agreement regarding the comments made by the President, Mauricio Funes, on a reform to the Law on Control of Pesticides, Fertilizers and Products for Agricultural Use", noted an article in Laprensagrafica.com .
President Funes sent the Law on Pesticide Control back to Congress, arguing the need to adapt it to reality.
From a press release from the Presidency of El Salvador:
The President, Mauricio Funes, using his constitutional powers, sent today to the Legislature observations on Legislative Decree No. 473, regarding the amendments to the Law on the Control of Pesticides, Fertilizers and Products for Agricultural Use.
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