Walmart Puts Pressure on the Salvadoran Bureaucracy

A spokeswoman for the chain said that after three years the municipality of Mejicanos still has not given permission for a site which means an investment of $15 million.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The article in on Friday May 13, reported that Claudia Ibáñez, manager of corporate affairs at Walmart, El Salvador, reported that "four years ago permission was sought from the Ministry of the Environment and this was granted. The permit was taken to the mayor of the municipality for approval to build, but after three years there was still no answer. When at last there was one, it was to inform them that they must re-arrange the permit with the Ministry of Environment again, but this to date has not been granted. "

This Saturday 14 another article contained admissions by Walmart’s commercial vice president for Mexico and Central America, Gustavo Camacho, who chaired the above, noting that "the company expects to begin building shortly what would be its third branch in the country, in the town of Mejicanos, " adding that "We are committed to the municipality of Mejicanos to open a Walmart there, leading to more than 500 jobs for the town. We are managing the permits to serve residents of that zone. "

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