Salvadorans have been suffering for almost half a century from unstoppable violence and insecurity that at some point went from being a country of smiles into a country of fear. Tens of thousands of people died becoming victims of political violence since the late 70s of the last century and. Right after came the armed conflict and all the post-war phenomena among which inevitably stands out the horrible nightmare of gangs.

The lives of many Salvadorans have been shattered by this violence and insecurity. Many have lost their loved ones, others have been forced to flee the country, many have had to live oppressed by these criminal gangs that take over their communities and abuse their inhabitants.

To all this must be added the enormous economic cost of insecurity. The Minister of Finance estimated last week that the cost of violence represents between 16% and 20% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP, production of goods and services), or about 6 billion dollars a year, a staggering figure that could have been invested in works and services for a society with so many deficiencies. This huge sum includes the payment of extortion and robbery of people and homes, the opportunity cost for production and investments not executed, medical expenses for attending to those injured in acts of violence, budget allocations for security portfolios, and hiring of private agents to avoid being victims.

It must be said that putting an end to this scourge requires enormous investments and costs for the country, but there is no choice but to fight head on against these evils that have brought us so much suffering as a society.

After 62 homicides occurred on March 26, a level of crime not seen in years in El Salvador, Congress approved the state of emergency, Exception status(estado de excepcion) which limits freedom of association and suspends a person’s right to be duly informed of their rights and reasons for arrest, and the assistance of a lawyer. In addition, it extends from 72 hours to 15 days the period of administrative detention and allows authorities to tap the correspondence and cell phones of those they consider suspicious.

At the request of President Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s Congress on Wednesday approved another extension of the state of emergency to continue fighting the maras, or gangs, which are blamed for a wave of murders in the last days of March.

The new extension was approved with the votes of 67 of the 84 deputies of the unicameral Congress, while 16 voted against. One of the legislators was not present.

The extension was approved on the grounds that the circumstances that motivated the implementation of the measure persist. So far under the emergency regime, authorities have captured 34,585 people, most of them accused of being part of these criminal structures or of collaborating with the gangs.

According to the Constitution, the period of suspension of constitutional guarantees shall not exceed 30 days. Once this period has elapsed, it may be extended, for the same period and by means of a new decree, if the circumstances that motivated it continue. Otherwise, the suspended guarantees would be completely reestablished.

A lot of studies and investigations have determine the impact of crime in countries have several negative effect and block its development. One of the most important impact is how crimes incidence on Foreign Direct Investment. Generally, crime affects investment negatively through two main channels: direct channels and indi-rect channels. The direct impact of crime on investment is delivered through the cost of setting up a business. Indirect channels are carried by complementary factors related to human, social and institutional factors. A high level of crime, especially violence, causes damage or loss of property and infrastructure and creates insecurity resulting in investors’ spending for additional security guards and equipment.Security issues, like crime within the destination country, are an important consideration for investors.

That said, the government of Nayib Bukele has implemented strategies that motivate and strengthen the engine of development for our country, which, step by step, is beginning to flourish and is getting closer to its full development.
The economic balance is fundamental for development, having an open minded and inclusive government, creating alliances with foreign countries has been a piece to achieve economic balance. It goes without saying that El Salvador has been a country lacking an economic balance for years, and executing these strategies to overcome violende has not been easy, but it has been achieved.
It is important to mention that foreign alliances or investors from other countries must evaluate the economic and social environment of the country to obtain an fruitful investmen.

Good investment climate is one of the essential factors needed to attract investors. We could asume that the internal situation up to date in El Salvador is one of the considerations for investment decisions in a country.

The main challenge for democratic political forces in this new stage does not refer to the threats of the past but to those of the future. The main objective becomes democratic sustainability. Political violence has been reduced in the region, although we are reminded that we must not be careless of its possible resurgence.
If the return of the past seems less likely, this should not lead us to make the mistake of considering democracy consolidated. As the construction of the legitimacy of democracy is a permanent task, the political challenges are different from those faced by those who had to assume the responsibility of ordering democratic transitions.
responsibility for ordering democratic transitions but failed to do so.
And although they may seem difficult, the government of Nayib Bukele has managed to develop El Salvador in a novel way. And in the same way he has used strategic plans to keep the country afloat. Actions speak louder than words, and that is why Nayib Bukele has achieved the support of the diaspora that yearns to live in their homeland today.




One of the Government’s flagship tools to provide security to the country has a considerable acceptance by the population, according to a recent survey by the university.

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UCA Survey: 8 out of 10 citizens highlight decrease in violence with the Emergency Regime

The recent survey of the University Institute of Public Opinion of the UCA revealed that 8 out of 10 Salvadorans believe that, since the beginning of the Exception Regime at the initiative of the Security Cabinet of President Nayib Bukele, crime has decreased considerably in the national territory.

The study took the perspective of a sample of citizens at the national level, as well as a proportion of the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, a population that has seen the effects of the security tools implemented by the security forces in the war against gangs.

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In reaction, the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, reacted to the results of the survey by revealing his approval to the data that other pollsters have revealed about the handling of violence by his presidential administration.

“According to international polling houses, support is above 90%, but it is interesting that an institution that attacks the Government day and night, accepts this. We continue…”, said the president in his official Twitter account.

The legislative decree of the Emergency Regime was presented by the Security Cabinet after a spike in homicides recorded at the end of March, which led to the articulation of all the work of the Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES) and the National Civil Police (PNC) against gang structures.

This has resulted in the capture of more than 34,500 gang members throughout the country and continuous days with zero homicides against the Salvadoran population. The decree in question has been received with openness by the new Legislative Assembly, which is preparing its extension for thirty more days.



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Monday, May 30, 2022 11:44 AM

The Centro de Investigaciones Estudios Sociales y Socioeconómico de Centro América (CIESCA) presented this Monday the survey on the three years of management of the President of the Republic Nayib Bukele.

According to the CIESCA survey, 91.63% of the people surveyed give their approval to President Bukele three years into his administration.

The handling of the pandemic, the Exception Regime, the gasoline subsidy and the economic measures taken by President Bukele to benefit the population are highly valued by Salvadorans.

The survey reveals that the Salvadoran diaspora widely supports the reelection of the President The survey was conducted in several states in the United States, according to CIESCA.

Respondents also said that Nayib Bukele would make a good president of Central America. The president outperformed all the presidents in the region.



The former government parties were defeated at the polls on February 28, 2021 by Nuevas Ideas.

by Gerson Chávez May 31, 2022 In DePaís

Salvadorans disapproved the work executed in the last year by the parliamentary groups of ARENA and the FMLN, revealed the survey of the Centro de Investigaciones, Estudios Sociales y Económicos de Centroamérica (Ciesca).

Both parties, which are the political opposition in the Legislative Assembly, had the majority of deputies in the post-war period, but were defeated at the polls by Nuevas Ideas on February 28, 2021.

The survey, which was published yesterday and presented to the media, detailed that 96.63 % considered that ARENA had a bad performance from May 1st, 2021 to May 1st, 2022.

For 1.20% it has been regular, good for 1.05%, very good for 0.82%, and 0.30% did not answer. In the 2021-2024 legislature, ARENA is the main opposition party. It won 14 seats, but three have already formally resigned and Margarita Escobar abandoned her functions as legislator since June of last year.

In the previous legislature, the tricolor had 35 seats. In the case of the FMLN, 94.92 % thought that it has had a bad performance in the Assembly; 2.91 did not answer, for 1.12 % it has been good, regular for 0.60 % and very good for 0.45 %.

In the 2018-2021 legislature, the FMLN -the governing party- had 23 legislators. Currently it only has four: three female deputies and one male deputy. They have not denied that there is division in the parliamentary group.



The diaspora was in favor of president Bukele’s reelection and the region accepts him as president of Central America. by Gerson Chávez May 30, 2022

Nine out of 10 Salvadorans approved the three years in office of the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele and recognize his work in favor of the economy, health and security.

The survey presented today by the Centro de Investigaciones Estudios Sociales y Socioeconómicos de Centro América (CIESCA), reveals that 91.63 % of Salvadorans approve the administration of President Bukele.

Likewise, 86.62 % were in favor of the measures taken to face the COVID-19 pandemic, 90.13 % supported the exception regime to improve security and 86.47 % agreed with the measures taken by the Executive to face the economic crisis. By decision of the Executive, the price of fuels is frozen, in order to prevent international market increases from impacting the pockets of Salvadorans.

The Diaspora also supports all actions taken by the Executive and is in favor of the reelection of the President in 2024. The diaspora was consulted in several states of the United States. For example, in Los Angeles, 93.94% are in favor of the reelection. The president also has acceptance throughout the region. For example, according to the survey, 71 % say they would elect Bukele as president of Central America.

The work of the Assembly

The survey also measured the acceptance of the population with the work of the new Legislative Assembly. 73.99 % believe that the Legislative is doing a good job and only 7.03 % were against it. The rest said they did not know or did not answer.

According to the survey, Nuevas Ideas is the parliamentary group best evaluated by the population and the worst evaluated are ARENA, FMLN, PCN and PDC.



The security climate that El Salvador has has motivated German investors to start the construction of a photovoltaic plant with an installed capacity to generate 21 megawatts of renewable energy power that will supply 20,000 Salvadoran homes.

The Santa Rosa Villa Sol photovoltaic plant has begun its earthwork work in Quezaltepeque, La Libertad. The company MPC Energy Solutions reported that the placement of 34,000 solar panels with the capacity to generate 50 gigawatts per year will begin in three weeks.

Víctor Atehortua, manager in charge of the plant, reported that, with the construction work and placement of equipment, an investment of $24 million will be made and will allow the employment of up to 150 people during the construction stage.

The photovoltaic plant will start operating in November this year and will have a useful life of 25 years.

«As foreign investors, we feel that there is a good security environment to do business in El Salvador. I am satisfied with the government, which has supported us from the beginning of our efforts. We have had good responses from all entities,» said Atehortua.

The businessman stressed that the Territorial Control Plan is giving good results and is an incentive for more foreign investors to come and set up operations in the country.

To follow up on investment projects, this week the president of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (Proesa), Salvador Gómez Góchez, and investment specialists toured the plant.

On said tour, the authorities of Proesa participated in the reforestation campaign by planting 2,000 trees as part of the social responsibility of the German company towards the community of the area. The plant has also contributed to infrastructure improvements at the Santa Rosa community school in Quezaltepeque.

Gómez Góchez assured the government that German investment in the energy sector will contribute to economic development and diversify the national energy matrix.

«From Proesa, we are committed to accompanying the establishment of investments on a national scale, since these are sources of employment within the territories where the projects operate,» the official stressed.

Proesa reported that photovoltaic energy is part of the government’s strategic commitments to diversify the generation of energy components with greater supply opportunities in the market, and that translates into benefits for the population.

According to the statistics of the National Energy Council (CNE), photovoltaic energy supplies 9.3% of the national energy matrix, with a view to increasing its energy capacity.