Mexico, Canada to Strengthen Food Safety SystemsBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 06/03/2021 - 14:45
Alberto Pineda, Vice President of the Board of Directors Unión de Crédito del Soconusco and an MBN Expert Contributor, addressed Tapachula’s agricultural challenges and opportunities. Located in the Soconusco region in Chiapas, Tapachula is a "tractor" municipality that focuses on financial, logistics, food and beverages, hospitality and healthcare services. Bordering the Mesoamerican Corridor that begins with Guatemala, Tapachula is a natural point of entry into Mexico. From 2020, the municipality noticed immigrant caravans passing through Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in their way to the region, which has also received transcontinental immigrants from Congo, Siria and India, and others from Haiti and Cuba.
The region also faced significant problems because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Read about the solutions and actions the municipality has undertaken.
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