El Salvador to launch port concession this year

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El Salvador’s autonomous port commission (CEPA) is planning to relaunch an international tender for the La Unión port concession.

The plans follow a consulting process that determined three feasible business models for the port’s unused area.

The business models are related to tourism, operations for fishery-aquaculture and the construction of a shipyard, the commission said in a statement.

While a date for the tender has not been published, CEPA said it is working alongside the UN Development Programme (UNDP) toward an announcement for the tender call this year.

The consultations were carried out by Mexican firm Consultores en Economía, Inversiones y Proyectos (CEIP), which was hired by UNDP to also help draft an updated version of El Salvador’s 2020-30 port development masterplan.

The masterplan, which also includes new development goals for the Acajutla port in Sonsonate department, was already delivered to CEPA. Its main objective is to transform the Acajutla port into a logistics platform with international standards and to reactivate the La Unión port.

Upgrading the country’s master plan was necessary to align CEPA’s priorities with President Nayib Bukele’s Cuscatlán government plan, which focuses on several infrastructure goals.


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