United States and El Salvador sign a Cooperation Agreement

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez; United States Ambassador Jean E. Manes; Technical Secretary of the Presidency, Roberto Lorenzana; and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) El Salvador Director Larry Sacks, signed amendments to the Bilateral Donor Agreements for an amount totaling $97.9 million.

This FY16 budget of $97.9 million represents an increase of 52.8 percent compared to FY15, which was $64 million. The new funds are distributed with $ 29.3 million dollars going towards economic growth activities and another $68.6 million dollars going towards democracy and governance projects. USAID channels these funds through different implementation mechanisms by nongovernmental organizations. In this way, USAID will continue to work with the central government and municipal governments, civil society and the private sector to provide more security and prosperity to Salvadoran families.

During the signing ceremony Ambassador Manes stated, “This support is aligned with the goals of the Alliance for Prosperity in the municipalities prioritized under Plan El Salvador Seguro, complementing the investments of the Government of El Salvador through our projects.” She added, “The reason we received additional funds was to root out the causes of illegal migration: insecurity, lack of economic and educational opportunities, and family disintegration, among other factors.”

The signing ceremony follows a recent meeting with the President of the Republic, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, during which President Ceren spoke with Ambassador Manes and Director Sacks about the projects financed by the United States Government that support the four pillars of the Northern Triangle Alliance for Prosperity Plan: boosting the productive sector; developing human capital;improving citizen security and access to justice; and, strengthening institutions.