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09SANSALVADOR179
2009-02-26 20:06:00
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Embassy San Salvador
Cable title:  

EL SALVADOR'S PATHWAYS PREPARATIONS

Tags:  ECON ETRD PREL ES 
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STATE FOR EEB/TPP
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD PREL ES
SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR'S PATHWAYS PREPARATIONS

REF: SAN SALVADOR 144

UNCLAS SAN SALVADOR 000179

STATE FOR EEB/TPP
STATE PASS USTR

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD PREL ES
SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR'S PATHWAYS PREPARATIONS

REF: SAN SALVADOR 144


1. (SBU) Summary. The GOES is pushing hard to make the next
Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas (Pathways) ministerial
meeting focus on concrete actions. In February 5 meetings with
visiting State and USTR officials, the GOES proposed April 28-29 for
the technical and ministerial meetings in El Salvador. They will
send invitations and a Chair's paper to advance work on action items
in each of the four pillars prior to the April meetings. The GOES
wants to hold a meeting with the pillars' coordinators as soon as
possible, but is waiting for additional signs from the Department
about USG commitment to Pathways and who might attend the
ministerial. Foreign Minister Marisol Argueta wants to discuss the
Pathways ministerial with the Secretary in a future office call.
Civil society and the private sector were very supportive of
Pathways and suggested how they could contribute to the initiative.
End Summary.

MINEC and MFA on Board and on Task
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2. (SBU) Ministry of Foreign Affairs' (MFA) Director of Foreign
Policy Werner Romero and the Ministry of Economy's (MINEC) CAFTA
Office Director Jorge Guzman led the GOES team in the February 5
discussions with WHA/EPSC Director Matt Rooney, EEB/TPP/BTA Director
Bob Manogue, USTR Trade Capacity Coordinator Fran Huegel and EPSC
Trade Officer Susan Garro. Romero stressed (in line with USG views)
that the GOES wants specific actions to come out of the ministerial
and "not just another declaration." Guzman said that CAFTA helped
strengthen Salvadoran institutions, such as their Ministries of
Environment and Labor as well as Customs. Pathways could build upon
that progress.


3. (SBU) Romero said that Pathways could be used to harmonize the
differences in existing trade agreements with the United States and
among the other countries in the region. They agreed that civil
society, Q{QuQ}H@p.}QS.Hor, must play an active role in
the Pathways process. The GOES had spoken with respected Salvadoran
think tank FUSADES and suggested that FUSADES could join with other
U.S. and Latin American think tanks, and perhaps universities, in
the initiative. All present agreed that civil society should be
involved early in the process, before any final decision on
declarations or actions.



4. (SBU) Foreign Minister Argueta is eager to speak with the
Secretary about Pathways and has requested a meeting with the
Secretary. Romero added that the GOES and other Pathways countries
are looking for signs of the new U.S. administration's commitment to
Pathways. The GOES will send out invitations for a technical
meeting on April 28 followed by the ministerial meeting on April 29.
They will include a delegates' guide and a chair's paper to focus
discussions within each Pathways pillar.


5. (SBU) A coordination meeting will be held as soon as possible for
the four pillar coordinators: Increasing Opportunities (Honduras);
Deepening Trade Architecture (Chile); Cooperation on Development and
Competitiveness (Panama); and, Cooperation on Labor and Environment
(Peru). Other countries would also be welcome to attend the
meeting. (Note: Romero told us on February 12 that the IDB had
agreed to host the coordination meeting at its Washington
headquarters. That meeting has now been set for March 2. Romero
also said the GOES would change the ministerial dates to accommodate
the Secretary's participation, which FM Argueta confirmed in her
February 13 meeting with Charge (reftel). End note.)

Innovative Programs and Desire to Participate
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6. (U) The delegation had separate meetings with FUSADES, NGOs
FEPADE and FUNDE, the American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador
(AmCham) and ESEN, a private university in El Salvador. Each group
wanted to participate and embraced the action-item agenda focus of
the initiative. FUSADES welcomed contacts with other think tanks.
FEPADE could share its community college equivalent programs and
business incubator program modeled on a Colombian program. The
AmCham said that Pathways was discussed at the recent Association of
American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACLA) meeting and
was seen as a vehicle for allowing the private sector to contribute
to trade and development discussions. ESEN was eager to share its
new on-line export diploma program and how ESEN, supposedly unlike
many Latin American universities, developed links with the private
sector.

Conclusion
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7. (SBU) The GOES is eager to move ahead on the Pathways
ministerial and this visit reassured them of USG interest in the
region. They are focused on achieving practical, demonstrable
outcomes from the ministerial and the Pathways initiative in
general. The GOES is looking to the USG for a solid commitment to
Pathways as soon as possible, which would facilitate the significant
preparation work that will have to be done before the ministerial.
The other major component of the Pathways initiative, incorporating
civil society in a meaningful way, is another area that will soon
need to be more fully addressed.


8. (U) This cable has been cleared by Matt Rooney and Robert
Manogue.

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