Not to the Port of La Unión Concession

Arguing a lack of transparency in the process, the Embassy of the United States in El Salvador asks Cepa to avoid initiating the process to grant the maritime terminal concession.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

This is not the first time the Embassy of the United States country has referred to the issue, as in October representatives of the diplomatic body in El Salvador reported that a U.S. company decided to withdraw from the tender process because of a lack of transparency.

See "Concession of Port La Union Continues to Cause Polemic"

On that occasion, without giving details of the company's name for security reasons, this week the Public Affairs Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, Tobias Bradford, reported that a company in his country decided to withdraw from the tender process for the Puerto La Union concession, arguing "lack of transparency" and "uncertainty in the equality of conditions."

The current position of the Embassy of the United States was detailed in a statement issued on December 12th, in which it explains that "... The Embassy of the United States would like to clarify that we did participate in the private meeting on October 24 that CEPA is calling the “Road Show” for the Port of La Union concession.  However, we do not consider the meeting a success.  In fact, we raised serious concerns about the lack of a clear strategy for the port, lack of transparency in failing to share prior port studies with the public, and impossibly short timeframes for a complex tender of this nature.  These concerns have still not been addressed."

Also see "Endless Tender for Puerto La Union"

"We urge CEPA not to launch the concession at this time. Rather, CEPA should follow through on completing the demand studies recommended by international financial institutions and develop a clear vision for the potential economic activity in the port. These steps would guarantee that the development of the port will be in the best interest of all Salvadorans," the document concludes.

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