El Salvador: Reform of Law on International Services

The International Services Act, which created the environment for the arrival of foreign banks, free zones and call centers, will be modernized.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The government of El Salvador is preparing amendments to the Law on International Services, which in its time allowed a multiplication of foreign investment in the financial, telecommunications and the maquila sector among others.

"There are laws that are 20, 30 years old and no longer reflect the economic reality and this is hindering the process of investment," said Alexander Segovia, head of the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency, as quoted by Laprensagrafica.com.

The proposals were discussed with the private sector and are already in advanced stages. Segovia hopes to send them to the Legislature no later than July.

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The Law on Legal Stability for Investments has been approved, which aims to improve confidence in the country preventing changes to incentive schemes granted to foreign companies.

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A review by the OECD of Costa Rica's investment policy points out success and includes recommendations to improve critical aspects.

A statement from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reads:

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New Laws to Attract Investors

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The Salvadoran government is preparing a package of incentives to attract investment to the country, which will be presented in October at an international forum for investors.

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Stimulating the Honduran Economy

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International investors, including Carlos Slim, are to meet in an economic forum to evaluate more than 100 development projects in various sectors.

The event will take place on 4 and 5 November in San Pedro Sula, the economic capital of Honduras, to relaunch the promotion of the country as a destination for investment.

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