President Funes Urges Employers to Invest El Salvador

The President, Mauricio Funes, asked Salvadoran businessmen to join in the country’s process of recovery and growth.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"I ask our businesses to accompany this process, to invest and trust in the ability of Salvadoran society to succeed, " President Funes said today during his speech at a Memorial Day service (Día del Soldado in Spanish).

President Funes regretted that El Salvador is the first in Latin America whose businessmen have mostly invested abroad.

The Salvadoran president pointed out that El Salvador is poised for growth of 2.5% as projected by the government and said the first quarter of this year shows a significant growth in exports, the flow of remittances and some areas such as the construction industry and assembly plants, which have generated employment to the extent that jobs that were lost during the crisis of 2008 and 2009 have been recovered.

He added that it is time that businessmen actually commit more than words to the country and its people, by making productive investments. "My government will ensure that it will strengthen, as far as resources permit, the fight against crime and misdeeds." said President Funes.

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