Juan Pablo Guzmán Cobián
Minister of the Economy
Government of Oaxaca
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Expert Contributor

Interoceanic Corridor: Time for Oaxaca, Southeast to Emerge

By Juan Pablo Guzmán Cobián | Mon, 02/22/2021 - 09:09

For the first time in the modern history of Oaxaca and Mexico, our state is facing a real opportunity to ignite the development of the Mexican southeast and fulfill the historical debt owed to the region. This important project will consolidate our country's logistical advantage in the world. 

The Multimodal Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus will generate the transportation of goods, connect productive zones and boost local development. This is a unique window to create jobs and conditions for development and innovation, and to build industries headed by Oaxacan and Mexican hands and minds. 

Importantly, the project has the capacity to transform the structure of the entire Mexican southeast; to become an international platform that allows mainly indigenous peoples to be the main players in the history of our state.

The Interoceanic Multimodal Corridor is composed of the modernization and expansion of the railway system, highways, the ports of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, refineries, airports and natural gas. It will host 10 industrial parks, as well as urban developments in the 10 development poles, impacting 79 municipalities — 33 in Veracruz and 46 in Oaxaca. 

Moreover, a fiber optic line will be installed throughout the Isthmus to strengthen the region's digital connectivity for the benefit of businesses and communities that currently lack internet service, allowing them to connect in public spaces. 

In Oaxaca, we chose and have the opportunity to build a different Mexico. We are not alone; we have the support of the state, federal and municipal governments, all of whom are willing to promote the historic transformation of the southeast of the country.

Despite the continuing pandemic, this project, which came to life in 2019 with the signing of the Oaxaca Pact, has not stopped. We have lived through a period of challenges due to the pandemic and earthquakes but our beautiful Oaxaca has always been a state that has overcome adversity.

The Tehuantepec Isthmus Program seeks to settle the debt of inequality that exists in Mexico and to provide social justice to impoverished communities. It seeks to generate conditions of well-being, improving the welfare of the local population, reducing stagnation due to lack of investment and igniting the economic potential of the region.

Today, under the leadership of Gov. Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, the development of Oaxaca and the Mexican southeast has a name: the Interoceanic Corridor.

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Photo by:   Juan Pablo Guzmán