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Economic Section
 


The Economic Section works with the Government of El Salvador, the Salvadoran private sector, and U.S. businesses and groups on policies and programs related to the economy.

Our goals include: promoting sustainable economic growth and development, trade and a healthy investment environment; supporting the development of well-functioning regulatory systems; protecting intellectual property; advocating for U.S. companies to ensure transparency and fair play; and deepening cooperation on issues including the environment and transportation safety. Our staff includes Americans and Salvadorans working to advance our mutual interest.

John Barrett, Economic Counselor

John arrives as the new Economic Counselor in El Salvador from Kabul, Afghanistan where he was a member of the USG’s negotiating team that finalized the U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement.  Prior to his 12 month posting in Kabul, John served in the Economic Affairs Section of Brasilia, Brazil managing the finance and macroeconomic portfolios.  He previously served in Public Affairs in Beijing and Consular Affairs in Guatemala City.  Before joining the Foreign Service, John held several business and strategic planning positions with PepsiCo, The Walt Disney Company and LEK Consulting.  John graduated from Middlebury College and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

John arrives as the new Economic Counselor in El Salvador from Kabul, Afghanistan where he was a member of the USG’s negotiating team that finalized the U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement.  Prior to his 12 month posting in Kabul, John served in the Economic Affairs Section of Brasilia, Brazil managing the finance and macroeconomic portfolios.  He previously served in Public Affairs in Beijing and Consular Affairs in Guatemala City.  Before joining the Foreign Service, John held several business and strategic planning positions with PepsiCo, The Walt Disney Company and LEK Consulting.  John graduated from Middlebury College and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Leah Cato, Deputy Economic Counselor

Ms. Cato joined the Foreign Service in 2002.  Her overseas assignments include Costa Rica, Kuwait, Iraq, and Yemen.  Ms. Cato’s domestic tours include appointments as the Chile Desk Officer and as a Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Front Office. 

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Cato was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of State’s Office of Cuban Affairs.  She received a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller University in London and a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish from Florida State University.  Ms. Cato speaks English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

Moses An, Economic Officer

Mr. An graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and concentrations in Finance and Accounting.  Mr. An joined the Foreign Service in 2012 from the private sector, where he worked for seven years in New York City in Investment Banking, Private Equity and most recently, Investment Management.  He is an Economic-coned Officer serving his first overseas tour in El Salvador.  His portfolio covers energy, environment, macroeconomics, civil aviation, textiles and apparel, construction, telecommunications and tourism.  Mr. An is married and has one son.

 

The Economic Section works with the U.S. Commercial Service San Salvador, which provides assistance to U.S. companies wishing to enter the Salvadoran market. They can be reached directly at: U.S. Commercial Service Website

U.S. Goverment Agencies


CAFTA-DR


U.S. Government Reports


America.gov Econ & Trade websites


Government of El Salvador


Other Salvadoran Organizations