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INAI Requests More Transparency In Inter-Oceanic Corridor

By Lorenzo Núñez | Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:14

SEMOVI announces the development of a permanent bike lane on Insurgentes Avenue, e-commerce boom spurs increased demand for industrial spaces and Japanese companies interested in investing in Mexico’s infrastructure. In addition, INAI requests transparency contract for the Inter-Oceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and union leaders representing Mayan Train construction workers have declared that work has not been halted.

Here is your week in infrastructure! 

SEMOVI to Install Permanent Bike Lane on Insurgentes

Mexico City’s Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) announced the development of a permanent bike lane on Insurgentes Avenue to give bike users a permanent lane on one of the main roads in the city. “As part of the commitment of Mexico City’s government toward an intermodal, sustainable, active and safe mobility, SEMOVI, in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Services (SOBSE), will permanently create a bikeway on Insurgentes that will turn it into a model street with spaces for all types of road users,” according to an announcement on SEMOVI’s website.

Build-to-Suit Model Benefits Bajio Logistics

Over the course of 2020, industrial spaces in Mexico increased by 2.1 million m2, equivalent to 6 percent more than what they grew in 2019. This trend has been particularly noticeable in the center and the Bajio region of the country, according to Líder Empresarial. The increased demand for industrial spaces results from the need to strengthen logistics operations and to optimize e-commerce services, a strategy that can be achieved through a built-to-suit (BTS) model. More than 100,000m2 were commercialized to be used for expansion or for BTS services to strengthen logistics and distribution networks, as reported.

Japan, Interested in Infrastructure and Telecommunication Projects

In the first meeting between the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the Embassy of Japan, Japanese Ambassador, Takase Yasushi stated that they are looking to participate in transport, smart-city and telecommunication projects. “Currently, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mexico conducts an annual survey of its users to find the areas of opportunity they face in terms of ports, airports, railroads and highways,” said the Ambassador.

INAI Requests Contract Transparency in Inter-Oceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

The federal government must deliver a copy of all contracts signed with the company Surbana Jurong, by international bidding or direct award, for the development of Inter-Oceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. INAI has requested all contracts signed from December 2017 to December 8, 2020. This came after CIIT pointed out that they were unable to locate any information in regards to the signed contracts with the Surbana Jurong company, reported the Real Estate Market.

The Mayan Train’s Latest Collision Course

Union leaders representing Mayan Train construction workers declared this week that work has not been halted on the project despite the accumulated legal suspensions that have been ordered against it, reports El Diario de Yucatán. As reported one month ago by MBN, 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 could be declared valid. Since then, FONATUR has issued no direct response to these suspensions.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, El Universal, Real Estate Market, Gobierno de México,
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Lorenzo Núñez Lorenzo Núñez Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst