Construction Sector Boosts Industrial ActivityBy Lorenzo Núñez | Thu, 04/22/2021 - 18:50
Among this week´s stories are actions to counter the environmental impact of globalization. The Mayan Train is still advancing despite suspensions, over six million households in Mexico are currently abandoned, Mazatlan’s new dock construction will start in June and the construction sector boosts industrial activity.
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Key Actions to Counter the Environmental Impact of Globalization
Today, the world has evolved to the point where consumers can make purchases from two continents apart and have their products delivered to their doorstep in a matter of days. This interconnection does not come without its problems. However, we must critically evaluate how to best move forward, taking into account the environmental impact of globalized supply chains. Read more here.
Mayan Train Still Going Despite Suspensions
Union leaders representing Mayan Train construction workers declared last week that work has not stopped despite the accumulated legal suspensions that have been placed, reports El Diario de Yucatán. A number of provisional suspensions against the construction of the Mayan Train in the state of Yucatan were made definitive by judges in that state who agreed that the project’s impact and legal status needs to be clarified and negotiated with indigenous and civil associations before it can be declared valid, reported MBN. Since then, FONATUR has issued no direct response to these suspensions.
The Construction Sector Boosts Industrial Activity
Mexico’s construction sector was the main driver for the country’s industrial activity during the second month of 2021. In February, Mexico’s industrial activity rose 0.4 percent over the previous month once the economy was reactivated after the health contingency. "Private investment has stopped after several months of closure due to the pandemic. MBN reports, Many infrastructure projects have been postponed and, unfortunately, many have been cancelled," commented Francisco Javier Solares, President of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC), to El Universal, who also highlighted the importance of investment in the country, especially public investment. However, in his opinion, it will be necessary to continue working to recover investor confidence. "Industrial activity surprised the sector after a slight advance of 0.4 percent in the second month of the year. Several analysts expected negative figures due to the interruption of electricity supply in the north of the country and the shortage of inputs for the automotive industry," Marcos Arias, Analyst at Grupo Financiero Monex, told El Economista.
Mazatlan’s New Dock Construction Will Start in June
According to the General Manager of Mazatlan’s Integral Port, Rear Admiral Mariel Ancona, construction of the new tourism docks will begin in June of 2021. This project also has the objective to mitigate the canal’s navigation, which will allow better commercial operations. Ancona also stated that the project will promote the attraction of new restaurants and entertainment centers in the same area, especially taking into account that each tourist spends at least US$80, which generates a significant economic benefit for the port, as reported by Inmmobiliare.
Over 6 Million Abandoned Households in Mexico
Over that last decade, the number of households that have been abandoned has increased. According to the population and housing census conducted by INEGI, the total amount of homes abandoned was approximately 6.15 million . This represents 14 out of every 100 homes. Tabasco is the state with the highest increase in housing disuse. By 2020, 15.1 percent of the homes were abandoned, while in 2010 it was 10.5 percent. Tabasco was followed by Chiapas with 14.3 percent, reported Inmobiliare.