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Overview

This section shows information about services that may be required for emergencies and that are available in the country.

For more information on company contact details, please see the following link: 4.11 Additional Services Contact List.

Accommodation

The accommodation offer in the year 2021 - 2022 in El Salvador was 777 hotels with 38,747 rooms (this data does not include Airbnb establishments). According to figures from the Data Tur System, the average hotel occupancy for San Salvador was 51.3% in the year 2021.

Main hotels and resorts are Hotel Barcelo, Hotel Decameron Salinitas, Hotel Real Intercontinental San Salvador, Courtyard Marriott, Hotel Los Farallones, Hotel Sheraton, Crown Plaza, among others. These provide rooms for accommodation and meetings/workshops packages. A list of hotels is provided in 4.11 Additional Services Contact List.

Electricity and Power

The legislation created in 1996 the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications, as an autonomous regulatory entity of public service, in charge of applying the norms contained in international treaties, laws and regulations that govern the electricity sector.

Some of the powers of the Superintendency in the electricity sector are:

  • Ensure the defense of Competition;
  • Regulate charges for the use of networks;
  • Regulate the charges of the Transactions Unit;
  • Grant concessions for the use of hydraulic and geothermal resources;
  • Resolve conflicts between operators;
  • To dictate norms and technical standards of electricity.

The generation of electrical energy provided by CEL (Central Hydroelectrical del Rio Lempa) to the wholesale market during 2020 was 2062.81 MW, covering 26.79% of the demand and the rest was produced by geothermal (9.91%), fossil (36.70%), biomass (14.23%), solar (10.62%) and wind (1.75%).

According to the transaction Unit (UT), local generators reported net injections per generating plant, import were of 774.03 (12.8%) Gwh and export were of 131.42 (2.18%) Gwh in 2020.

Distribution of electricity is done by the companies: Group AES-El Salvador, which is composed by: CAESS, AES-CLESA, EEO and DEUSEM; DEL SUR, B&D, EDESAL and ABRUZZO. Prices of electricity to the transferred to current tariff:

Source: https://www.siget.gob.sv/gerencias/electricidad/tarifas-de-electricidad/tarifas-de-electricidad-ano-2022/?wpdmc=tarifas-de-electricidad-ano-2022

https://www.siget.gob.sv/gerencias/electricidad/informe-de-mercado-y-estadisticas-electricas/estadisticas-electricas/?wpdmc=estadisticas-electricidad


Electricity and Power Summary Table

Production Unit

Type

Installed

Capacity (MW)

2019

Current Production (MW)

2020

26.79%

Hydroelectric

552.69

552.70

9.91%

Geothermal

204.40

204.40

36.70%

Fossil Fuels

757.12

757.12

14.23%

Biomass

193.60

293.60

10.62%

Solar

194.00

219.00

1.75%

Wind


36.00

Financial Services

Financial service providers exist in a wide variety in El Salvador. There are 10 banks, 10 Micro finance institutions, 2 mobile money companies and 5 remittances companies.

BANKS

MFI

MOBILE MONEY

Banco Agricola

PROCREDIT

TIGO MONEY

Banco Davivienda

APOYO INTEGRAL

MOMO MOBILE MONEY

Banco Cuscatlán

BANCOVI


Scotiabank

CCAMETRO


Banco Azteca

CREDICAMPO


Banco de America Central

AMC DE RL


Banco Promerica

ENLACE


Banco de Fomento Agropecuario

OPTIMA


Banco Atlantida

FINCA - SLV


Banco Hipotecario

PADECOMS MI CREDITO


Banco Agricola

Banco Agricola has 67 agency points and 184 cash offices nationwide. It is a private company from Colombia, its main office (BANCOLOMBIA).    

Company Overview

Company Name

Banco Agricola

Address

1a Calle Poniente y 67 Avenida Norte, San Salvador


Available?

Comments

Has IBAN, BIC, or SWIFT number?

Yes

N/A

Provides currency exchange?

Yes

N/A

Will initiate / receive wire transfers?

Yes

N/A

Provides Loan / Credit services?

Yes

N/A

Other Comments or Key Information

N/A

 

Other Locations

Region(s)

Service Location(s)

El Salvador

Nationwide

Punto Xpress

Punto Xpress is a micro finance institution that has 460 cash offices nationwide. It has the facility that no only provide service in its several offices, but delivery to where the client wants the money to be transferred to. Charges depend on the type of delivery service.

Company Overview

Company Name

Punto Xpress

Address

Av. La Capilla #700 Colonia San Benito, San Salvador


Available?

Comments

Has IBAN, BIC, or SWIFT number?

Yes

N/A

Provides currency exchange?

No

N/A

Will initiate / receive wire transfers?

Yes

N/A

Provides Loan / Credit services?

No

N/A

Other Comments or Key Information

N/A

 

Other Locations

Region(s)

Service Location(s)

El Salvador

Nationwide

Guatemala

Guatemala City

Clearing and Forwarding Agents

El Salvador has a list of freight forwarding agents that are located at the port and airport. Most of them also provide transportation from port and airport to the client’s locations. WFP has had experience with MNF, MUDISA, Flomar Transport, BLI, RANSA and DHL. Prices depend on the type of products imported por exported.

 Information of contacts can be found in chapter 4.

Handling Equipment

handling equipment can be found in San Salvador and at the port and airport. Most of them are transporters that provide trucks, chassis and containers. Warehouse also can be found at the port and airport but are owned by the government.

Postal and Courier Services

Government postal service has improved a lot in the last 10 years, with regards to transit time and delivery although it exists only in major cities. Service at municipality level has disappeared since beginning of 2000s. it is worth to mention that it is not advisable to send valuable items, money or cheques through this service because these items quickly disappears. For packages, if the address delivery is not found, the person must travel to the main office in San Salvador to collect it. Tariff is low.

Courier service is quick and reliable. Some of the companies are DHL, UPS, Trans Express, FEDEX, among others.  They can be found in the major cities of the country.      

Printing and Publishing

There are good printing and publishing companies. They are quick in the provision of the service and reliable. Locations are all over the country. Contac information can be found in chapter 4.

 Taxi Companies

There are in the country the Yellow caps, Taxis ACACYA, Linea Rosa, Fuerza Delta, HUGO, Transporte Ejecutivo, Confort Tours, and Go Express Shutle. They can take passengers from San Salvador to any part of the country. At the other main cities level, yellow caps are mostly available, but clients must take care due that most of those taxis are dirty and old cars, even though their tariff is very low compared to the ones in San Salvador. Contact information can be found in chapter 4.

Vehicle Rental

Rental of a car can be found at the airport and in San Salvador and at the main cities such as Santa Ana and San Miguel. Type of cars are sedans, pickups, vans or buses. One can rent with or without driver. Contact information can be found in chapter 4. Some of the companies are Arrendadora Latinaomericana, AVIS, Linea Ejecutiva, among others.

Waste Management and Disposal Services

There are waste disposals in the regions of the country that belong to municipalities ‘associations, but there is a main one, MIDES, which provides waste management for hazardous products. Each municipality rents or has its own waste truck to collect the garbage from the houses and deliver it to the waste disposal sites.

The Japanese aid, through JICA, helped municipal authorities to improve the waste management in the east side of the country back in 2006. The provided equipment, machinery and training locally and in Japan. The municipalities provided the site and labour. From this experience other municipalities learned and took the example.

As of 2016, around 3,400 tons of solid waste were generated in the country per day. At that year El Salvador had 16 authorized sanitary landfills, which received 3007.47 tons / day of waste, of which only eight had the capacity to receive quantities greater than 26 tons per day, these received 98% (2,961 tons / day of waste ), operating mechanically: Nejapa, Sonsonate, San Miguel, Usulután, Santa Ana, La Libertad, Chalantenango and Santa Rosa de Lima.

There are eight sanitary landfills with a smaller capacity (less than 26 Ton / day) that receive 2% (46.67 Ton / day) and operate manually: San Francisco Menéndez, Atiquizaya, Suchitoto, Santa Isabel Ishuatán, Cinquera, Corinto, Meanguera, and Perquín. The Ahuachapán Landfill is out of operation

The final disposal of waste is carried out under the responsibility of local governments (mayors), either directly or in association with other municipalities or private companies, such as MIDES S.E.M. de C.V.

The map below shows the current waste landfill sites in the country.

The map below shows the compost sites:

In 2016, the Ministier of Natural Resources drafted a new law. The preliminary draft of the Comprehensive Waste Management Law of El Salvador involves several aspects, all of which were taken into account. These axes of analysis were four: the analysis of the characteristics of the country; the analysis of the national legal framework and international agreements; the revision of national waste laws in other countries, and new trends in the world regarding waste management. The axes were based on criteria of sustainability, climate change, among others, which are setting new trends in production and development hand in hand with caring for the environment and the health of the population.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources had a Monitoring and Supervision System (SMS) for the management of solid waste; that has the information provided by the Municipalities, the information obtained from the operational reports and from the reports of the supervision carried out by the staff of the solid waste unit and the MARN environmental evaluation system (SEA) regarding the systems of treatment and final disposal.

Indicators generated in the following areas: quality of service, operation and environmental sustainability; which may be consulted by the general public related to:

  • Swept
  • Harvest
  • Transport
  • Composting plants
  • Transfer Stations
  • Landfills

Source: http://sms.marn.gob.sv/sms/indicadores/rangofechas

WASTE DISPOSAL-NON-HAZARDOUS

Non-hazardous waste can be disposed in any of the landfill sites.


WASTE DISPOSAL-HAZARDOUS

With regard to hazardous waste, the country has made progress in the remediation of the contaminated sites identified in the “Inventory of pesticides classified as persistent organic pollutants (COPS)”, with the cleaning, eviction and treatment of pesticide waste from At the AGROJEL (San Miguel) and QUIMAGRO (San Luis Talpa) sites, 126.01 tons of hazardous waste consisting of obsolete pesticides and contaminated soils have been eliminated, corresponding to 90.11% of the country's environmental liabilities, and the elimination of 9.89% is planned. remaining for 2016.

MARN decreed in 2010 for the first time an environmental emergency in a radius of 1,500 meters around the facilities of the Baterías de El Salvador S.A. factory. de CV, located in the Sitio del Niño canton, municipality of San Juan Opico, after the analyzes determined environmental contamination by lead at levels that represent a danger to health, since that date the MARN in coordination with different State institutions has developed actions Aimed at reducing the vulnerability of people within the emergency radius, such as health care, asphalt primer in streets near the former factory, construction of a drinking water system and continuation of environmental monitoring in the area; All these actions have been made known to the community through the development of 21 informative Assemblies with the Sitio del Niño Community and 16 bilateral meetings. This process has had technical support from the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America (US EPA) (Technical visits, consultations and recommendations)

MARN has listed in its site the companies authorized to:

  • Handling, storage and use of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • Reception, treatment and final disposal by type of hazardous material and waste
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • Bio infectious waste transport
  • Transportation of used oil and burnt oil
  • Transportation of Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB)

The list also shows the name, telephone, type of authorization and type of authorised material. Guidelines are attached to this document.

 Source: https://www.marn.gob.sv/residuos-peligrosos/


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