Remarks at the Project Bósforo Groundbreaking Ceremony

Project Bósforo Groundbreaking Ceremony
Ambassador Jean Manes
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:30 A.M., Barceló Hotel

Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the Project Bósforo Groundbreaking Ceremony

September 28, 2017

* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative.

First of all I want to take this opportunity and talk about another topic, which we saw last night and this morning and congratulate the Legislative Assembly for approving the new pension law and reaching an agreement, which shows that it is possible to reach an agreement in this country and now you can go move on to tax law. That is the next step, the next task for the assembly.

Today is such an important day because we are really talking about the image of the country. I will leave my speech aside because we have already heard all the data from the new project.

I know I am making my team nervous when I do this but we are really talking about something so important. During the last meeting in Miami in June, together with the three leaders of this region, the President of Honduras, of Guatemala and the Vice President of El Salvador, Oscar Ortiz and our Vice President, Pence, this was a central issue, the issue of energy.

We talked about the competitiveness of the region and the need to lower energy costs. And this project, really is not breaking ground in the earth, it’s breaking ground in this promise, this commitment that they made in June of this year between the three countries along with the United States and also with representation from other countries around the world. A commitment to really increase the competitiveness of this region.

And that is really what we are talking about today, about lowering energy costs but also focusing on the stability of transmission lines. This is also an important step that I think everyone in this room knows about. We know the important investment that we need to make in El Salvador and also in other countries to establish transmission lines, stability and lower costs for all. And that can really help attract investment to El Salvador and other countries in the region.

I don’t normally like to get to launch events, I like to go when it’s done. But we made an exception today because we are really talking about something so important. This is about breaking ground towards the image of the country.

What is the image that El Salvador wants? It is a country that is really increasing renewable energy. Its image as a country is what can increase tourism. All this is combined in the image of the country and that is an essential and important part. The commitment is not only of the American companies but also of the region and also of the government of El Salvador.

From us, congratulations on this important achievement.

I was talking to the vice president that I don’t know if in this country we can manage two achievements in one day. We don’t know what to do with that. The media will have to write something positive today, what are they going to do? The fact that we have the issue of pensions and that we also have this, that really is an important achievement for all the people of this country and the region.

Thank you very much.