Ambassador Ronald Johnson visits security and development programs in the West of El Salvador

Ambassador Ronald Johnson visits security and development programs in the West of El Salvador

Last Thursday, December 17, 2020, Ambassador Johnson visited Lake Guija in Santa Ana. This natural border between El Salvador and Guatemala is guarded by agents of the coast guard division of the National Civil Police and the Salvadoran Armed Forces. Through close cooperation and assistance by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the U.S. Department of Defense offices, the U.S. Embassy helps to secure this border to reduce product smuggling and trafficking in persons.

Later, the Ambassador met over lunch with the team from Industrias Magaña, a 100% Santa Ana company supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to grow their business.

Mr. Johnson toured the company and witnessed first-hand how they have adopted creative strategies to grow. With the support of this agency, Industrias Magaña improved its business model and expanded its operations, even during the worst months of the pandemic. Their innovation plan allowed them to not only continue paying their workers but increase sales and generate 69 additional jobs.