Alba in El Salvador: For Those Who Dont Want Soup... Two bowlfuls

The company owned by Venezuela and a group of municipalities from the ruling party continue to diversify; now they sell water and finance housing projects.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Alba business conglomerate announced through José Luis Merino, Alba Petróleos advisor and coordinator of the ruling FMLN party, that it is to add a new business to those already it established in El Salvador since it came into the country in 2006.

"Albagua", will focus on the sale of bottled water at its own brand of gas stations. They are currently working on signing an agreement with a small company that has already been set up and who will manufacture the product.

"In general way he referred to these projects having investments of around $1 to $1.5 billion, but when asked specifically about the amount of finance for the water project, he said he did not remember."

"The National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP ) has asked the country's competition regulator to check Alba businesses and determine whether they are undertaking anticompetitive practices."

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