The commitment of the Government of President Nayib Bukele is to generate opportunities for the economic development of the country, which improves the living conditions of Salvadorans, through legal security and an attractive investment climate.
For this reason, CEPA on September 9th, 2019 launched the promotion for the international bidding process of the first “Private Public Association of the Cargo Terminal of the International Airport of El Salvador” as part of the progress in the execution of FOMILENIO II and as a tool contemplated under the agreement between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of El Salvador.
The Public Private Association of the Cargo Terminal is focused on increasing the efficiency in the handling of import and export cargo, which will greatly enhance El Salvador as an aeronautical and logistics HUB in the region.
The first phase of the Public-Private Partnership consists of the financing, design, expansion, construction, equipment, maintenance improvement and operation of the existing Cargo Terminal where it is intended to go from 26,000 MT to 52,000 MT annually.
The second phase consists of the financing, design, construction, equipment, maintenance and operation of a new infrastructure of the Cargo Terminal, where it is intended to go from 52,000 MT to 78,000 MT per year.
On August 26th, 2020 the official reception and public opening ceremony of the technical and economic offers of the international tender of the Public Private Association for the Cargo Terminal of the International Airport, “San Óscar Arnulfo Romero”, was held.
The bidding rules for the Public Private Partnership were published in September of last year. Subsequently, CEPA and PROESA, with the support of FOMILENIO II, carried out a promotional tour or “road show” in the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Chile, where they held meetings with companies that had expressed their interest in the project at the market survey stage. The process included a period for the 33 companies that purchased the bidding rules to submit inquiries and requests for clarifications.
FOMILENIO II provides technical support to implement PPPs as a mechanism to attract investment, optimize the management of state assets, and alleviate public finances. In this sense, FOMILENIO II supports with financing the pre -feasibility and feasibility studies to determine the profitability of PPPs compared to traditional public financing and the construction of capacities for the development of at least two PPPs in the country, which will be developed and tendered within the period of the agreement.