Free zones in El Salvador, Engine of Growth

Under the free zone system around 240 000 Salvadorans are employed directly and indirectly.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Free zones in the country have become one of the main drivers of economic dynamism in the country.

Not only do they generate employment but the productive links that connect other sectors of the economy create a dynamism that is reflected throughout the economy as a whole.

An article in notes, "according to a production chain survey conducted in 2009 by the Chamber of the Textiles, Clothing and Free Zones in El Salvador(CAMTEX), for every dollar exported in that year, $0.49 of it represents purchases in the national market of goods and services. Most notably, this sector is one of the largest exporters in the country.

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