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OPIC Acting President and CEO Bohigian Joins Presidential Delegation to El Salvador


June 1, 2019

Delegation to observe inauguration of His Excellency Nayib Bukele

San Salvador, El Salvador – Joining the U.S. Presidential delegation to El Salvador marking the occasion of the inauguration of His Excellency Nayib Bukele, OPIC Acting President and CEO David Bohigian issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to the people of El Salvador and Nayib Bukele on his recent election as President. Today’s event symbolized El Salvador’s commitment to democratic values, including free and fair elections.

OPIC is proud of its longstanding partnership with El Salvador, where it has mobilized investment in sectors ranging from water to infrastructure as a stabilizing force in the country and across the region. Today, we recognized OPIC’s recent approval of $350 million in financing to support a power plant in the coastal city of Acajutla—a project that will increase El Salvador’s power generation capacity by 23% and fuel inclusive economic growth.

We look forward to strengthening our relationship with El Salvador’s new government and President as we work toward common goals of advancing development, fostering regional stability, and ensuring security throughout the Western Hemisphere.”

Mr. Bohigian joined Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador Jean Elizabeth Manes, and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier on the official Presidential delegation.

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