Harris Announces Private Investments in Central America | Politics


WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced $ 1.2 billion in commitments from international companies to support the economies and social infrastructure of Central American countries, as she strives to tackle what the White House calls the “root causes” of migration to the United States.

Harris was called upon in March by President Joe Biden to fight the social, economic and political forces that push migrants and asylum seekers into the United States, many of whom cross the US-Mexico border illegally.

In May, Harris called on the private sector to invest in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with the aim of improving stability and opportunities in Central American countries. Monday’s announcement builds on that “call to action” as it announces new commitments and encourages other companies to continue investing.

Among the new initiatives announced on Monday include a push by Nespresso to support coffee cultivation in Honduras and El Salvador, a Microsoft initiative to connect millions of people to the internet, and a $ 100 million pledge in the region by Mastercard to promote digital payments and e-Commerce.

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