On January 31, the governments of the Republic of El Salvador, the Republic of Guatemala and the United States inaugurated infrastructural improvements at the La Hachadura and Pedro de Alvarado border between El Salvador and Guatemala respectively. The improvements aim to facilitate trade and enhance customs control, security and service to users and migrants. The program took place as part the Plan for the Partnership for Prosperity of the Northern Triangle.
U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes, said: “When we talk about Integration we talk about a comprehensive approach including legal reforms through the Office of Regulatory Improvement, infrastructure renovations, equipment and software installations, and training for customs agents. This will not only improve the flow of commercial traffic at border crossings, but also have an impact on security in the region.”
The United States government invested almost $3.3 million at the border including funds for implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology; new lighting both inside and surrounding the border facilities; air conditioning in the customer service areas; and, photovoltaic solar systems expected to reduce electric costs by approximately 35%. Additionally, a family-friendly playroom was constructed for minors and sleeping quarters were installed for National Border Police personnel.
As a result of road restructuring, the time required to cross the border an logistics costs for transporters and travelers are expected to diminish.
Government officials, representatives of international organizations, transporters and logistics services, and trade union representatives attended the event to celebrate improvements in the process of import, export and passage of goods.
The Alliance for Prosperity Plan of the Northern Triangle is designed, financed and implemented by the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Its main objective is to improve the quality of life for the population of these countries by creating economic opportunity. The plan is framed along four strategic pillars: developing human capital, stimulate the productive sector, improving public safety and enhancing access to the justice system and strengthening institutions.