GOVERNOR O’MALLEY VISITS EL SALVADOR; FORMALIZES BWI-EL
Governor O'Malley is the first Maryland governor to visit El Salvador
ANNAPOLIS, MD () – Governor O’Malley today arrived in El Salvador, marking the first visit by a Maryland governor in the state’s history. Maryland is home to one of the largest populations of Salvadorans in the United States. The Governor kicked off the visit by participating in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Maryand and El Salvador’s Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (CEPA) -- the MOU forms a partnership between Maryand and CEPA regarding Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall Airport) and El Salvador International Airport (AIES).
“With the 4th largest Salvadoran population in the nation, Maryland has benefited from the hard-working, entrepreneurial spirit of the Salvadoran people,” said Governor O’Malley. “I'm honored to be here to further the partnership between El Salvador and Maryland. The agreement we signed today will strengthen those bonds by sharing the types of infrastructure, technical and modernization strategies we’ve seen work at BWI Marshall.”
The MOU formalizes a partnership between the two airports. The document will enhance efforts to share information related to airport management and aviation. The two airports will work to share best practices related to airport operations, security, maintenance, and training.
Alberto Arene, CEPA President; Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador; Maryland Delegate Ana Sol Guiterrez; and other officials joined the Governor at the signing to kick off the historic inaugural visit to El Salvador. CEPA is the national authority charged with maintaining the infrastructure of ports, airports and railways through innovative models of management; engaging with the private sector; and providing safe, efficient and competitive services.
"I am delighted to welcome my governor to El Salvador,” Delegate Ana Sol Guiterrez added. "This is a truly historic and important visit. The more than one hundred thousand Salvadorans that live in Maryland will be happy to welcome him to our small country that is a key partner to Maryland and the United States."
Officials hope that the relationship will one day lead to direct service between BWI and San Salvador.
The event is the first of several during the brief inaugural visit to the Central American country. The Washington/Baltimore area also has the second largest number of Salvadorans in the United States. With over 120,000 residents, Maryland is also home to the highest earning Salvadoran population in the United States. Last year, Maryland participated in $60 million in trade with El Salvador.