El Salvador Prepares First Public-Private Partnerships

A new wind farm and the expansion of the International Airport of El Salvador, are the first two projects to be conducted under this system.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"Today (yesterday) I called a meeting with the president of CEPA (Autonomous Executive Port Commission) and CEL (Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River) to immediately structure the first two projects: the expansion of the international airport and the wind project which the CEL is working with," said Alexander Segovia, Technical Secretary of the Presidency.

The official estimated that the construction of the wind farm alone will involve an investment of $120 million, while thE amount to be used for the airport expansion will depend on what is dictated in the master plan, however according Segovia, it could be more than the CEL wind farm.

Following the adoption of the law, Arnoldo Jimenez, executive director of the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP), said the partnerships could be used to build infrastructure for the National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers (ANDA), and also to build prisons.

According to Segovia, they are still "analyzing" these changes, but noted that the passage of the bill by 84 votes "has sent an important message to the world."

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