As part of an exploratory mission to measure investment potential in different sectors of our state manufacturing export industry, a group of business people from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, visited Yucatan in recent days.
The delegation’s participants, led by Marco Almazan, president of consulting and business developer Scorpio Enterprises, were:
Tracy Drake, from the company Columbiana County Port Authority, dedicated to the implementation of port logistics projects.
John Zak, from Bioscience Consulting, with investments in the manufacturing sector of medical devices, prostheses for the human body and harnesses for the automotive industry.
And Heather Zak, investment funds operating specialist.
The group was received on Monday November 16th by the head of the Ministry of Economic Development (Sefoe), Ernesto Herrera Novelo, initiating the agenda with a guided tour of the Air Temp Mexico plant facilities, led by its General Director Jorge Habib Abimerhi.
Afterwards, the delegation visited the State Police Intelligence Monitoring Unit (Unipol) where they were received by the State Secretary of Public Security, Luis Felipe Saidén Ojeda. The American investors learned about the equipment and operation of the video surveillance system installed in the building that contributes to safeguarding state security and preserving the quality of life of the citizenship.
Subsequently, the State Health Secretary, Eduardo Mendoza Mézquita, showed them the operation of the Regional Hospital of High Specialty of the Yucatan Peninsula (Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de la Península de Yucatán).
The head of Sefoe, Ernesto Herrera Novelo, and the General Coordinator of Strategic Projects of the Governor’s Office, Juan Carlos García Barcalá, made a presentation of the competitive advantages that our territory has to offer, such as the strategic geographic location that facilitates logistics operations; road, rail and port infrastructure; the Science and Technology Park, as well as development projects in the medium and long term for the State of Yucatán.
The Delegation also visited the Port of Progreso, the facility of Las Coloradas Salt Industry, and finally, the Dental Imaging Southeast Company in the city of Mérida.
The group of enterpreneurs expressed unanimously that this experience “exceeded their expectations”, especially because they found collaboration, unity and professionalism from their counterparts in the state’s private sector and full cooperation from the local authorities.
The potential investors declared that they leave the Yucatán with a good impression, after collecting relevant information to conduct studies in order to analyze the feasibility of different projects in the region. They said they will keep in touch with Sefoe, and most likely will make a second visit in late January 2016.
Tracy Drake, from Columbiana County Port Authority, said that she had visited Nuevo León, Querétaro and Mexico City; but she expressed that Yucatán exceeded her expectations by far, and concluded saying that the message she will deliver to her business contacts around the world will be: “It is time to invest in Yucatan“.
She said that in 2006 her company initiated a business mission through the previously mentioned three states; and at the end of it, they had profits of up to $33 million USD. But today, she stated to have found much better conditions in the Yucatán, than in the other regions nine years ago, and feels very enthusiastic to begin with this new trade mission.
Columbiana County Port Authority, run by Drake, focuses on the development of ports and international trade logistics. In the past 20 years it has triggered projects above two billion dollars worldwide.
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