39 New Infrastructure Projects AnnouncedThu, 10/08/2020 - 18:25
El Financiero reported on Monday that the completion of 39 new infrastructure projects has been agreed between the federal government and the private sector. The projects were announced during President López Obrador’s daily morning press conference. Arturo Herrera, SHCP leader, stood next to the president during the announcement. Project investments will total almost US$14 billion and will focus on a number of sectors and industries: communications, transportation, energy, water, waste and environmental remediation, among others. However, a closer look at the list reveals that an overwhelming majority of the projects, 32 out of 39, are focused on highway and rail infrastructure under the jurisdiction of SCT, while five projects focus on energy and two fall in the category of “water and environment” projects. It is worth highlighting that none of the energy projects listed concern the generation of renewable energies, as they are limited to petrochemical and refining activities.
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Tulum Airport to Be Inaugurated in 2023
During Tuesday’s daily morning press conference, President López Obrador said that the Army will be responsible for the construction of the new airport in Tulum, Quintana Roo, a project scheduled to start at the beginning of next year. “I believe we are going to start at the beginning of next year because we are inaugurating it in 2023. It is a fact that the project will be carried out,” López Obrador said. The president noted that the project will have a major impact on the development of Mexico’s southeast, since the Mayan Train will connect the airport network in the region. “Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche and Chiapas will be integrated. This is development for the southeast,” he said. The Army is also carrying out the construction of the new Santa Lucia airport.
Hurricane Delta Disrupts 70 Percent of Cozumel’s Electrical Infrastructure
During yesterday’s daily morning press conference, Civil Protection Coordination Head Luis Alberto Ortega said that over 39,290 people have been evacuated as hurricane Delta hit the Yucatan peninsula on Wednesday. The north of Cozumel island took the worst hit from the hurricane, with almost 70 percent of electricity disrupted. President López Obrador said SEMAR leader Rafael Ojeda Durán and Civil Protection head Laura Velázquez are handling the contingency, along with CONAGUA and CFE officials. Over 10,600 military and civil officials are deployed in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. No deaths have been reported so far.
IMF Should Apologize: AMLO
After the IMF suggested on Tuesday that Mexico should suspend the Dos Bocas refinery project, President López Obrador said on Wednesday that the IMF should apologize and accept that Mexico has changed. “Before, the IMF dictated economic policy, they looked at Mexico’s economic affairs and they always recommended privatizations, increasing the price of gasoline and electricity,” he said. “Everyone knows they were also pushing to privatize education and pensions.” The president stated that “we only ask that they respect us and accept that we are now a free and sovereign country.” López Obrador said the IMF should instead focus on providing loans at zero interest rates and stop rescuing big corporations and start rescuing people. “It would be better if they stop supporting corrupt governments. Nevertheless, we do respect them,” he said.
New Felipe Ángeles Airport Construction in Santa Lucia Sparks Land Use Conflict
The agrarian communities of San Miguel Xaltocan have reiterated the legitimate nature of their claim to the land rights of over 128ha that are to be occupied by the airport. Members of these communities have maintained a permanent encampment in these lands for the last 100 days to block any occupation until they are fairly compensated for their use. These dissidents are represented by José Luis González Martínez, who was quoted this week by Excelsior saying that fights over the distribution of property to replace the land used by the airport (meaning the land given to them as compensation) are already escalating into a dangerous situation dividing not only communities but also families. “We have tried to tell the government that those of us in the encampment want to solve this problem because it not only represents a land problem but also a security problem. This is turning into anarchy,” said Gónzalez.