© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The El Salvador national flag hangs outside the Consulate General of El Salvador in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador will receive a $150 million loan from Latin American development bank CAF to strengthen its education system, the lender said in a Wednesday statement.
The board of CAF approved the loan – the country’s first from the bank – which will be used on equipment, training and closing the digital gap in Salvadoran schools, the bank said in a statement.
“We are a strategic ally for the development of countries with comprehensive programs like this,” said CAF Executive President Sergio Diaz-Granados in the statement, adding the coronavirus pandemic had created an “educational emergency” in the country.
El Salvador, which made official tender last year, became a full member of CAF in March in search of expanding its financing sources.
In September, CAF representative to the country Oscar Avalle said in a television interview that the lender was working with the Salvadoran government on obtaining the loan.
The government expects the Central American country’s economy to grow 2.8% in 2022 after rebounding from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in 2021 with 10.3% growth.