Pemex promises 108 billion pesos to boost hard-hit Campeche
CAMPECHE — In a speech that contrasts with the reality that the state lives, whose economy fell 5.8% in less than two years, Pemex’s CEO, José Antonio González Anaya, pondered the company’s various actions to “boost the local economy”.
Participating in the meeting of the Council for Economic Reactivation and Productive Development of Campeche, González Anaya said that these actions seek to promote the participation of small and medium enterprises in the sector of goods and services, which will encourage employment and strengthen the internal market.
The objective is to generate economic value that has a positive impact on the development of communities with oil activity.
He also reported that Pemex’s total budget for investment projects in this year exceeds 200 billion pesos ($10.6 billion USD), of which 53% has been assigned to projects that impact Campeche for 108 billion pesos ($5.73 billion USD).
Although the decline in the economy of Campeche, which depended primarily on oil holdings and activities, began more than a decade ago, energy reform and the energy crisis accelerated its decline.
The impact is most palpable in Ciudad del Carmen where hotels, restaurants and homes were left empty after the massive dismissal of oil workers. However, the repercussions are already felt in this capital. The state in general is in crisis in terms of generation of jobs.
Despite the fact that the affection was great for the state, the federal government sent to Campeche last year more than 900 million pesos, and for this exercise another billion.
However, in today’s announcement, it was said that the objective is to generate economic value that has a positive impact on the development of communities with oil activity.
González Anaya mentioned that among the projects to be developed in Campeche are the assets Ku Maloob Zaap, Chuc, Cantarell and Yaxchel, among others, adding that since 2013 the company’s investment in the entity has amounted to 642 billion pesos.
In a communiqué of the meeting, which Anaya chaired with Secretary of Finance Jose Antonio Meade, and Governor Alejandro Moreno Cardenas, the social development programs carried out by Pemex to improve income and quality of life in the oil zones were enumerated.
In order to do this, the company will intensify its social policy and promote the construction of infrastructure, the realization of productive projects, sustainable community development and environmental protection.
It was also explained that Pemex will support, through donations of goods and petroleum products, various productive fishery and agricultural projects in the entity, in addition to improving the infrastructure of schools, community kitchens, roads and public spaces.
It also offered to continue with the scheme of non-consolidated hiring to facilitate the hiring of small local companies, for which an analysis is made to identify the areas of opportunity in which this type of business can participate.
In 2016, 12 contracts were made for an amount of almost 60 million pesos and, so far this year, acquisitions for 36 million pesos have already been made under this modality.
Also announced was the Supplier Day in Campeche, whose purpose is to strengthen Pemex’s relationships with regional companies.
It was recalled that as support to local suppliers, last year Pemex liquidated the commitments generated by acquisitions and contracting in the second half of the year for an amount of almost 40 billion pesos for more than 200 suppliers.
“With this, SMEs were able to solve their liquidity problems. So far this year, Pemex has paid more than 6 billion pesos to 92 suppliers of the state,” he emphasized.