Concession of Port La Union Continues to Cause Polemic

The representatives of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador reported that a U.S. company decided to withdraw from the tender process for lack of transparency, which is denied by Cepa.

Friday, October 26, 2018

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

On the other hand, Nelson Vanegas, president of the Autonomous Port Executive Commission (Cepa), said to Elmundo.sv that "... There is no record of the withdrawal of any U.S. company. "On the contrary, there is one that will soon come to visit the port of La Union and we will provide all the support, as we have done with all companies."

The article states that "... The Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Fusades) also expressed concern about the lack of transparency in the terminal concession process and expressed concern about the way in which a private meeting was held between CEPA and companies interested in operating the port."

Last week Cepa authorities informed that they are still drafting the bases to re-tender the concession for the operation of the port terminal.

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