Government Moves Away from Business

In El Salvador, the decision taken by the Sanchez Ceren administration not to attend the main business event in the country reveals either disinclination, inability to govern, or simple political manichaeism.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Maybe it is a persistence of visualizing the world as it was in the last century, dividing it into two antagonistic parties, capital on the one hand and labour on the other. Maybe it is populist electoral calculations riding on the back of ideologies originating from the aforementioned world vision. Maybe the task of governing El Salvador is so overwhelming that any hopes of success have been lost along with the will to make it happen.

It doesn't matter what the reason is. The essential thing is that the president of a country should not be excluded from a key forum for dialogue with the productive sector, which is what ENADE is.

No matter what your differences with the Salvadoran business leaders, and even if the positions of some of its representatives were "confrontational and exclusionary", President Sanchez Ceren should keep trying to understand the needs of those who produce the wealth that can galvanise the Salvadoran economy.

Because without wealth generation - which is what business people do- there are no sustainable social policies. Perhaps Sanchez Ceren should have a talk with his southern neighbor, President Daniel Ortega, who can advise him about it.

We transcribe the statement by the President of El Salvador, reporting that he would not attend ENADE:

Position of the Government of the Republic in reference to the business event ENADE 2016

The recent history of our country has taught us the importance of dialogue and consultation, and the need to strengthen the presence and impact of business management from micro, medium and large enterprises as instruments to reach agreements for the benefit of society as a whole; aspects that this government has shown support for and manages on a permanent basis.

From the beginning of his administration, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren has been characterized by establishing permanent mechanisms for dialogue and participation with deep respect for different ideological positions or policies of the various actors and sectors.

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