The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, announced a millionaire investment for job training, prevention of violence against women, and security.
The administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, said on Monday that the US government would invest 155 million dollars to create better opportunities in El Salvador but warned that foreign aid would not It will solve the structural problems of the country.
Power arrived as part of a tour that began Sunday in Honduras and will conclude in Guatemala to address the issues that influence irregular migration. He delivered a speech on democracy at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University (UCA), where its rector, Father Andreu Oliva, has been critical of the administration of President Nayib BUkele.
The US official said that the Joe Biden government would allocate 30 million dollars for job training, 35 million for prevention of gender violence, providing assistance to victims, accountability, and judicial processes for criminals, and 50 million for the prevention of violent communities. Power stated that the decrease in homicides of 40% from 2019 to 2020 has occurred in the high crime communities where USAID works.
He also announced that through cash assistance, they would allocate an additional $ 12 million to help medium and small businesses recover from the pandemic in the region. He assured that they had helped more than 6,000 small and medium entrepreneurs in two years to create 10,000 jobs, including supporting women entrepreneurs.
"The United States believes that governments must earn the trust and well-being of their people. If corruption is allowed to rampage and independent judges are removed from office, if anti-corruption institutions are closed, as we have seen too often in Honduras, Guatemala, and here in El Salvador, then local governments will end their aspirations. And the potential of its own people," Power said.
He added that corruption is not the cost of doing business but what keeps foreign direct investment on the sidelines. The rule of law is not subtle, but what gives people and companies the confidence that when they are harmed, they can seek redress. "Democracy, press freedoms, a civil society without restrictions, the separation of powers, free and transparent elections, and human rights are what guarantee long-term stability and prosperity," he said.
Power arrived in the country two weeks after informing that, due to the dismissal of the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Attorney General, USAID withdrew assistance support to four institutions of the Bukele government and that those funds would be delivered to groups of civil society.
USAID took away all funding from the Supreme Court, the Institute for Access to Public Information, the National Civil Police, and the Attorney General's Office, assistance that was used to combat the crime that is striking down this small Central American country.
In a statement, Power said that the funding is provided to government institutions "will now be used to promote transparency, combat corruption and monitor human rights in conjunction with Salvadoran civil society and human rights organizations."
US government officials have firmly rejected the dismissals. They have said that those affected must be restored to their posts, but Bukele responded that the changes are "irreversible."