Aerocluster El Salvador: Uniting Sectors for Aerospace Excellence.

The Aerocluster El Salvador initiative brings together the public, private, and academic sectors to boost investments, human talent, and the industry, with the goal of positioning the country as a pioneer in attracting investments, technology, jobs, and training professionals in the aeronautical sector. Yesterday, the triple helix composed of the private sector, public sector, and academia signed the Collaboration Agreement of Aerocluster El Salvador.

The initiative was officially launched in 2021, and since then, a strategic planning has been consolidated to undertake innovative actions that will position the aerospace industry in the country, with the aim of becoming a benchmark in Latin America.

The public sector’s involvement in the initiative includes the Ministry of Commerce and Investments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Economy, INVEST, and the Civil Aviation Authority. The private sector is represented by Aeroman, AirSupport Group, Grupo Aristos, MRO Solutions, Kaltmann, Avianca, Airline MRO Parts, and Hélica. The academic sector is led by the University Don Bosco, ITCA-FEPADE, and the Aerotech Innovation Center.

Federico Anliker, the President of CEPA, stated that the agreement generates positive expectations due to the involvement of the public, private, and academic sectors.

“We want to further develop the aerospace industry in El Salvador. This project will be located on the grounds of the International Airport of El Salvador. We are facilitators for this initiative that will generate employment, but above all, will put the country in the spotlight of the skilled workforce that we have. An example of this is Aeroman, the largest maintenance center in the Americas,” he expressed.

Furthermore, he mentioned that it is expected that more companies will join the project due to the attraction of new technological investments that the Bukele administration is focusing on.

“As this industry begins to thrive, more companies will join. This is a very important first step. The government, private sector, and academia have been working together to revitalize this industry in El Salvador,” reiterated Anliker.

Miguel Kattán, the Secretary of Investments of the Presidency, emphasized that this tripartite initiative is an example of the collaborative work model between productive sectors sought by President Nayib Bukele.

“We are fully committed to making this work because now El Salvador has hope and confidence that it can be a better country for everyone. The Aerocluster is an important step towards real change, and the responsibility is great. I appreciate what has been done up to this day,” reaffirmed the official.

With the collaboration of the public, private, and academic sectors, El Salvador aims to transform itself into a regional reference in the aerospace industry. The Aerocluster El Salvador initiative is set to attract investments, foster technological advancements, create jobs, and nurture a skilled workforce. As the project gains momentum, more companies are expected to join, further solidifying El Salvador’s position in the aerospace sector. The government, along with its partners in the private sector and academia, remains committed to revitalizing the industry and driving positive change in the country.