Foreign Investment in El Salvador Still Falling

FDI fell from $ 1.508 million in 2007 to $ 72 million in 2010. Businessmen claim the cause is the lack of confidence and certainty in current government economic policy.

Friday, December 17, 2010

2007: $ 1508 million, 2008: $ 784 million 2009: $ 431 million, 2010: $ 72 million. There should be a special consideration with the 2007 FDI numbers since they were affected by exceptional events such as the sale of banks to multinational banking corporations.

In 2010 only 14 companies came to El Salvador to install and operate in the country.

The decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) in El Salvador, particularly during the last year, is a concern for the corporate sector, as outlined in the article published by, “it is the result of lack of trust and confidence, which in turn affects investment, employment and the overall economic growth."

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During the last 15 years, foreign investment rose only with the sale of banks and privatizations.

In 2007 $494.8 million entered the country compared to the $189.9 this year.

The reason for the drastic reduction in FDI is simple. In 2007 the sale of Salvadoran banks were completed, causing the investments to increase disproportionately compared to investments in 2006.

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