Yucatan’s Technology Cluster: building its own vibrant tech community

11 de Julio del 2016 LOCAL Parque Cientifico Tecnologico de Yucatan Inicio de Obras del Edificio del Grupo Plenum a cargo del Gobernador. Mauricio Vila Dosal, Victor Gutierrez Martinez, Juan Jose Abraham Daguer, Pablo Gamboa Miner, Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani, Angelica Araujo Lara, Rolando Zapata Bello, Raul Godoy Monta?ez Foto. Adriana Carrillo Alem?n

The Special Economic Zone of Yucatan is the only one of its kind in the country focused on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This area will be located in an area of 300 hectares of the municipality of Progreso. It is expected that the Progreso EEZ will generate 33,000 jobs in the next 20 years.

During the talk “Benefits and functioning of the Special Economic Zone of Progreso, Yucatán”, held at the Chamber of Commerce of Merida, Enrique Huesca Fernández, executive secretary of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones (ZEE) said that Yucatan will become the most important information  technologies cluster for the Americas and will undoubtedly be a pride for Mexico.

Before 100 enterpreneurs and local businessmen, the official said that Mexico is becoming more competitive with its new model of innovation and development with an economic zone of information technologies, which sets the appropriate conditions in Yucatan through an innovative mechanism of fiscal policy promoted by the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público).

“This in an attempt to trigger the local economy, and have better salaries and working conditions for the people of Yucatan, as the information technologies cluster could  generate the most important wage increase for this region in recent years”, said Huesca Fernández.

“An exception tax regime has been established that will make Yucatan one of the most competitive states nationwide in this matter, not to mention an additional deduction of 50% in training. The economic zone can trigger a significant economic growth very quickly, because it is a clean industry mainly focused in human capital” he continued.

“It is expected that the first companies will be installed by 2019, when the first investments are expected to arrive to Yucatan” Huesca Fernández added.

Enrique Huesca Fernández, executive secretary of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones (ZEE), with Juan José Abraham Dáguer, president of the Cánacome (Photo DY)

“A large number of national and foreign companies, including Asian corporations, are interested in Yucatan, since they a huge potential for the information technologies sector in our state, taking in consideration the high quality human capital, the number of engineers and engineering students, etc.” Huesca Fernández concluded.

Juan José Abraham Dáguer, president of the Cánacome, commented that the development of the Progreso Special Economic Zone will boost innovation in all segments of the industry, fostering the generation of well-paid jobs, even outside of the economic zone.

During the informative talk “Benefits and functioning of the Special Economic Zone of Progreso”, he indicated that Yucatán is in the process of transformation, since the new Polytechnic University will undoubtedly generate a significant number of graduates in the areas that the special economic zone will demand.

Raúl Godoy Montañez, secretary of Research and Innovation in higher education, said that Yucatán has been preparing for several decades attracting human capital, a process that has accelerated in recent years, where more and more information centers are being installed across the state.

A great effort is being done by public and private universities, in order to prepare high quality human capital, which is vital in the process of attracting investments. This effort is now recognized at a national and international level.

TYT Newsroom with information from http://www.yucatan.com.mx/