Governments Do Not Create Wealth

"What makes a country prosperous is not its resources but how productive it is. A country is not rich because of what it has but because of what it does with it " - Javier Simán.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

An analysis by Claudio M. de Rosa in an article in Laprensagrá, refers to the economical situation and the political circumstances in El Salvador, but most of the concepts and findings can be extrapolated to the entire Central American region.

Of special importance are the words of Javier Siman, president of the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists:

- "In recent years we have watched with concern a systematic attack on private enterprise from the very people who demand of us more investment and more jobs."

Those who demand stability, institutional respect and an atmosphere of trust are those who have generated national wealth and employment. For this, the president of the ISA provides this story as an example: "Our union work did not start three years ago but in 1958. Let no one walk about asking where we were before today, because we will respond with complete authority ... We were where we have always been: Creating jobs that other people promise, producing the wealth that others distribute, and bringing development and wellbeing where others do not. That's where we have been and will remain ".

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Slight Recovery of Salvadoran Industry

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Despite adverse economic conditions the industry has managed to grow 1.27% this year.

Details given by the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI), indicate the area which have rebounded the most is textiles, while construction closed with a negative -5.4%. reported statements from Javier Siman, president of the ASI, indicating that industry remains stagnant and has not grown as expected.

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