On Monday, June 14, Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced that El Salvador will be the beneficiary of $30 million for job training. USAID seeks to train Salvadorans to take advantage of economic opportunities within the country.
“Here in #ElSalvador, I’m proud to announce that USAID will make a $30 M investment in job training, to help prepare Salvadorans to take advantage of economic opportunities at home. Part of the $4 B investment @POTUS & @VP have proposed for Central America over the next four years,”
wrote Samantha Power on Twitter.
Power, who was previously in Honduras and is visiting Central America, made the announcement at the Central American University (UCA) in San Salvador.
Power stressed that “foreign assistance cannot solve all the world’s problems. But we can work with civil society orgs and local partners in Central America to expand opportunities for young people and help keep them away from violence,” said Samantha Power.
Power’s visit to El Salvador comes about a month after the USAID announcement of withdrawing assistance to government institutions due to the Legislative Assembly removing the attorney general and magistrates of the constitutional chamber.
The Joe Biden administration has been one of the most critical of the action taken by the Salvadoran Congress on May 1.
During her visit to El Salvador, the USAID administrator met with president Nayinb Bukele. According to Power, the meeting was cordial and productive. “We had a frank, wide-ranging conversation & talked about USAID support for Salvadoran people & US concerns on democratic governance. Appreciate his willingness to discuss a better path forward,”
Twitted Samantha Power.
There is not that much information regarding the meeting between Power and Nayib Bukele. The US government has made it clear that they would like things to go back as they were before May 1. However, President Nayib Bukele made it clear that the actions taken on May 1 are irreversible.