In 2015 foreign sales of drinks produced in the country have recovered from the fall seen in 2014, standing at $168 million.
An article on Elsalvador.com reports that "...Sodas and carbonated drinks are the main export product in the sector. The latest annual growth was 37.6%, equivalent to an additional $36.8 million, according to the latest industry ranking made by the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI). "
Lack of official results from the March 1st elections creates uncertainty among employers and undermines the country's image as a destination for foreign investment.
Representatives from the Salvadoran Association of Industries (ASI) argue that "... the political environment in the country could deter foreign investors. " In addition, this could affect the disbursement of Fomilenio II.
Exports of meat, dairy products, sugar, baking and confectionery products generated revenues of $591 million, $36 million less than what was exported in 2013.
The food sector accounted for 11% of total exports recorded during 2014, however, it showed a downward trend. In 2014 the export volume decreased by 2%, i.e. 13 million kilograms less than in 2013 were exported.
The union of industrialists states that the government's five-year plan lacks any definition of concrete actions which would allow it to bring about anticipated results.
From a statement issued by the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI):
In the view of industrialists it is a document which contains some important evaluations and defines priorities for government issues, but it lacks a concrete action plan to provide solutions to the serious problems we Salvadorans are facing, especially with regard to violence, stagnation of the economy and lack of jobs.
According to the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI), the government is not providing the right conditions in the country for the economy to grow, but, on the contrary has adopted tax reforms, which do not contribute its reactivation.
After two years of decline, the sector's exports in 2013 amounted to $262 million, an increase of 7% compared to 2012.
In 2013 the metalworking industry managed to overcome the economic crisis that began in 2008 and managed to export $262 million. The sector has been able to recover production levels of previous years thanks to the Central American market focusing on certifying quality and entering into new product lines, with the best selling ones being iron rods, flat sheets, plates, fittings for structures laminates, and barbed wires.
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 conflict over charging for non intrusive inspections at borders has negatively affected exporters.
In January there were exports for $402.8 million, 16% less than the amount reported in the same month in 2013, when $477.9 million worth of goods was sold abroad, according to the Central Reserve Bank (Banco Central de Reserva).
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