Mexican southern states form an alliance to boost economic development

“In order to compete with countries in Europe and Asia, it is necessary to see ourselves as a region and look for the sum of capacities, which will allow stimulating investments”, local businessmen said.

“The alliances will be key to regional economic growth, not only in Yucatan but in the whole Mexican Republic, hence the importance of building agreements to promote the development of the country,” agreed representatives of the Technical Commission for Integral Development of the South-South-East Region who met on Wednesday December 4th in Merida.

The head of the office of President of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin), Manuel Perez Cardenas, in his visit to the city, stressed the importance of the sum of efforts to promote economic growth.

He pointed out that in order to compete with countries in Europe and Asia, alliances in economic development are required, to act as a region and to look for the sum of capacities, will allow stimulating investments.

The business leader pointed out that in January they expect to consolidate the strategic agenda for the development of the South-Southeast, so they expect collaboration with local governments, in an initiative from the private sectors.

The so-called “Oaxaca Pact”, was signed in August by the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatán. And in this context, the head of the Secretariat of Economic Development and Labor (Sefoet), Ernesto Herrera Novelo, said that in a first effort the “Pact” seeks to integrate a strategic agenda for the development of the Southeast region. The agenda will be the result of the work that has been carried out for two months already, with businessmen from each of the nine states.

Herrera Novelo emphasized that Secretaries of Economic Development and Planning, representatives of Concamin and academic specialists, are participating in this integration.

For his part, the general director of the Interoceanic Multimodal Corridor of the Isthmus (Corredor Multimodal del Istmo), Rafael Marín Mollinedo, stressed that the South-Southeast could become one of the areas that generate a bigger economic development for the country.

“We want this project to be known by all those interested, by all the people involved in development, mainly businessmen. We have had several meetings and all feel very hopeful and optimistic about this project,” he said.

The Yucatan Times
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