During the 48th National Convention Index 2023, the conference “Driving the Future: Navigating towards Sustainable Development in Yucatán” was presented by the state governor to leaders of the Maquiladora and manufacturing industry the progress and transformation that are taking place in the state in favor of moving towards a sustainable and attractive model to receive a greater number of companies.
According to official figures, 2021 was the year with the highest economic growth in the history of the state and the year with the highest job creation; 2022 was the year with the highest amount of foreign investment, the safest year in history with the lowest crime rate and the year with the highest number of tourists visiting Yucatan, said Vila Dosal, accompanied by the national leader of Index, Luis Manuel Hernandez and the head of the Ministry of Economic Development and Labor (SEFOET), Ernesto Herrera Novelo.
As part of his activities at this meeting, the governor held a meeting with the director of the Office of International Labor Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor, Matthew Levin, with whom he discussed issues related to how the arrival of new investments in Yucatan is being used to generate better paying jobs and the labor opportunities that exist with the T-Mec in Mexico.
It was also announced that Yucatan will host next year’s 49th edition of the Index National Convention, so that businessmen from the sector from all over the country will be in the state to corroborate the growth and development that the state is experiencing.
Before the president of Index in Yucatan, Alejandro Guerrero Lozano, and businessmen from this sector in the country, the governor presented Yucatan as the ideal state to invest in due to its high levels of security, peaceful climate, quality of life, its greater competitiveness in the Southeast, legal certainty and good conditions for doing business.
Regarding industry, he pointed out that Yucatan is growing in the secondary sector and, proof of this, is that last year the state’s manufacturing exports reached a growth of more than 12 percent compared to 2021, according to Inegi; in 2021, industry grew 7.8 percent over the previous year, in addition, it represented half of the total secondary activity of the state; likewise, in 2022, employment amounted to 323,196 workers, which represented an increase of 5,907 workers compared to the previous year.
In this sense, Vila Dosal indicated that Yucatán has been promoted worldwide like never before, reaching parts of the world such as China, South Korea, Spain, the United States, Italy and Germany, with which it has managed to receive important investments for a package of more than 350 projects from companies such as Airbus, Walmart, Mercado Libre, Amazon, Heineken, Accenture and Preh, which are generating better paid and quality jobs for Yucatecans.
It was emphasized that in his government the priority is those who have the least, so, as a result of efforts to reduce the inequality gap, poverty was reduced as never before, for example, Inegi data in July showed that, nationally, wages increased 11 percent but in Yucatan grew 17 percent; the poorest Yucatecans, that is, those who earn the least, in the last 2 years their wages increased almost 50 percent while, nationally only grew 18 percent”.
One out of every two Yucatecans escaped from extreme poverty
In the Coneval evaluation, in the month of August, the governor continued, he reported that we managed to lift 236 thousand Yucatecans out of poverty, this is the best figure we have ever obtained, we are the second state with the greatest reduction in the percentage of extreme poverty by reducing it by almost 50 percent, a figure three times more than at the national level, which was 15. This means that one out of every two Yucatecans overcame this condition; we also achieved the lowest level in the history of educational backwardness and the lack of social security and access to food.
Regarding the preparation of young Yucatecans for the professions of the future, the governor pointed out that in order to take advantage of Nearshoring, the state is promoting the training of students, for example, with the State English Agenda to promote the mastery of this language with bilingual environments from preschool to university; The International Mobility Program, the Women in ICT Program, through which all those who wish to study any engineering career related to Information Technologies in public universities of the State Government will receive a 100 percent scholarship for enrollment and tuition during their entire career.
Likewise, Vila Dosal continued, we already have new Industry 4.0 and 5. 0 in the Polytechnic University of Yucatan (UPY) and Metropolitan Technological University (UTM), so that young people can be trained in the field of aerospace, supply chain and storage; as well as we were the first to start careers in Cybersecurity in the Southeast, in addition to the creation of two new laboratories in collaboration with the UPY and UTM with exclusive design for simulation of attack and defense in real time, hacking tests and software vulnerability.
Also, the pilot program of robotics classes for basic education began, which is the first of its kind in Latin America and includes 242 schools in 10 municipalities of the state in its first stage, bringing technological knowledge to the preparation of Yucatecan students from an early age.
Finally, the governor indicated that, “with all this work, the foundations are being laid for the future of Yucatan for the next 30 years with projects such as the expansion of the International Airport of Merida and the Port of Progreso, the elevated viaduct of Progreso, the construction of two thermoelectric plants, the arrival of more natural gas, the Mayan Train that will allow us to attract more tourists to the state, the construction of the Yucatan Maya Railway will allow us to attract more tourists, economic development and jobs for Yucatecans, the Great Park of “La Plancha”, the Ie-Tram of the “Va y Ven” public transportation system, which will become the first electric route in the Southeast and the only one of its kind in all of Latin America, projects that will set the course for Yucatan towards a sustainable future,” he concluded.