Upcoming Construction in El Salvador

Office buildings, shopping malls and apartments make up the list of projects that the construction union envisages undertaking in the second half of the year.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Although there are still delays in granting permits and other arrangements which have to be undertaken before launching construction projects, the union for this sector foresees a second half with better results. This year there are plans to implement projects worth between $500 million and $750 million in private works.

See: "El Salvador: Construction Industry in June 2016"

The president of the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction, Angel Diaz, told Elsalvador.com that "... we can see some projects are already underway, and we also managed to clear obstacles that stood in the way of feasibility for drinking water, which will pave the way for this matter during the rest of the year. "

"... The leader of Casalco stressed that the institutions where they have experienced the most problems are the ANDA and the Ministry of Environment, but he stressed that they are already "untangling projects."

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