Evaluation of Mauricio Funes Government's First Year

The Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Fusades) publishes its report of the country's performance during the new president's first year.

Friday, August 13, 2010

In the lastest five-year plan for 2009-2014 titled "Democracy and Growth: Fundamental to Development", Fusades reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening democracy in El Salvador.

Evidence of the commitment can be seen in the creation of the Department of Political Studies (DEP in Spanish), as part of Fusades, whose objectives include contributing to improvements in democracy by publishing reports on the current Salvadoran political status.

The report covers issues such as support for the president, standards of governance, the composition of the government cabinet, the public administration's effectiveness, the state's relationship with the private sector and its commitment to democracy.

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The Electricity Assembly of Costa Rica

October 2014

Those who are elected to perform executive positions such as the Presidency of the Republic must be EXECUTIVES, not hide behind their shields by calling for assemblies when it comes to the responsibility for decision-making.


In Costa Rica energy, specifically electricity, has been for many years, a subject continuously on the agenda of business and policy makers because of the negative impact of its high cost on competitiveness. In the last election campaign, how to address this issue marked the differences between the candidates, and certainly defined the decision of many voters. It is an urgent issue that requires urgent decision making.

Salvadoran President Rules Out Joining ALBA

December 2009

President Mauricio Funes ruled out the possibility of his country joining ALBA, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.

The President remarked that his government supports the Central American integration process, and that not joining ALBA does not mean they will not maintain relationships with its member states.

Franchises of Political Models

November 2009

Latin American businessmen are proposing franchising a 'political-corporate' development scheme to counter the prevailing 'Chavez model'.

Panama's new government, headed by successful entrepreneur Ricardo Martinelli, might be an example of the political model proposed by the latest CEAL Assembly (Latin American Business Council).

The Two Faces of the Coup

July 2009

Mario Vargas Llosa writes on the serious political situation in Honduras, with his renowned objectivity and analytic capacity.

The Peruvian writer brings us a critical vision of the positions of the two battling sides, drafting a solution similar to the one proposed by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias.

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