Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Good jobs

Three recent stories about business in El Salvador creating good jobs:

Cutuco Energy, based in Houston, will begin construction in September on a new liquefied natural gas import terminal and power plant at the port of La Unión. According to the Cutuco Energy web site, work on the facility will create 1100 jobs to build and operate the facility which will also include a water desalinization plant producing 5.5 million gallons of fresh drinking water.

An auto parts plant, run by the business Arnecom, opened in Santa Ana province. The business is funded with Japanese and Mexican capital investments and will produce more than 600 jobs.

Air Canada has acquired an interest in the aircraft maintenance subsidiary of TACA airlines and plans to move maintenance of its fleet to El Salvador. According to a recent article in EDH, the expansion will create jobs for 517 engineers and 3,447 technicians between 2008 and 2012.

That's about 5700 jobs, supporting 5700 families. Are these jobs created because of government policies? In spite of government policies? Whatever it is, El Salvador needs more of it.


Anonymous said...

Sounds good, one can only hope that their working conditions are adequate as well. This can be used by Arena as an example of their success.


protons said...


It is unnecesary to post anything than a copy and paste without further analisis?

What about the people who has lost their jobs, could you please let us know the percentaje about it?

Other thing.

When we talk about dignify and well pay jobs, we need to check if the conditions are really introduce when creating jobs.

Why is everybody leaving El Salvador then, why are there around 700 salvadorean looking to escape to find jobs outside the country?

Tim said...


Sometimes it's enough to just write about some good news for a change. I agree that working conditions need to be good, wages favorable, etc.

But just reading these stories, it appears that these are better jobs than maquila sweatshops or being a street vendor in the informal economy.

If there were more opportunities like this, maybe 700 Salvadorans would not need to leave the country.

Edwin said...

I could not have said it better.

Anonymous said...

Problem with these kind of jobs is that the skilled and highly skilled jobs are usually not filled by people in countries like El Salvador because they have perfectly capable people, but there are few people trained or educated for these jobs.
People that fill the engineering positions will more than likely be from abroad. What I would like to see is that these companies provide research grants to the universities and technological schools to train the people to take these jobs or to eventully fill these positions.
We must understand that these jobs are going to El Salvador for profiteering purposes; that does not mean that the people there cannot organize to assure that they, and not croporate interests and their salvadorian cronies.