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Spotlight

GUANAJUATO, CROWN JEWEL OF THE BAJIO

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 11:44

In recent years, the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico has become a world reference because of its economic dynamism, its investment-attraction capabilities and its drive to create adequate conditions for the professional development of its inhabitants.

Guanajuato has a strategic and privileged location, which has been a key factor for foreign and national investors to install their operations in the state. In a 400km radius, companies can access 80 percent of the Mexican market and 70 percent of the country’s industry. Moreover, the region is responsible for 70 percent of Mexico’s international trade and exports. In terms of connectivity, Guanajuato has privileged access to the North American region. Both the NAFTA and Pan-American roads run through the state, while Route 15 that connects Mexico City, Guadalajara and the northern border is accessible south of the state. “By the end of the year, we will deliver the Celaya railway bypass and in our 2040 plan we foresee the construction of another bypass in Irapuato,” says Miguel Márquez Márquez, Governor of the State of Guanajuato.

During the current state government administration, ongoing and new public policies were aimed at strengthening education, infrastructure, security, social development and health. Guanajuato is ranked fourth in terms of job creation in Mexico and data shows that seven out of every 100 jobs are created in Guanajuato. Only in 2017, 62,000 new jobs were created in the state, resulting in an average of 50,000 new positions per year between 2013 and 2017. “Human capital has been key for the development of Guanajuato,” Márquez says. “We are now the leading state in terms of training and in the opening of academic slots due to the industry’s talent demand.”

Twenty-three countries are investing in Guanajuato, which has been key to ensuring the state’s economic development. “By 2020, we expect Guanajuato will be the main vehicle producer in Mexico and Latin America,” says Márquez. Between 2013 and 2018, 267 new investments were registered in the state, This has led to growth of twice as much as the national average. Today, Guanajuato is the seventh-largest state in economic terms.