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Weekly Roundups

Mexico Needs to Digitalize its Infrastructure

By Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Thu, 03/11/2021 - 18:15

This week, Nathan Shabot, Business Development Director for LATAM at Locusview, spoke at Mexico Energy Forum about the urgent need for digitalization in construction. Also, Agustín Caso Raphael, Auditor of the Superior Auditor of the Federation (ASF), alleged there was no mistake in the calculation of NAIM’s cancellation costs. The President of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) is concerned about Mexico’s energy counter-reform and its effects on investments in infrastructure. Cablebús Line 1 is now operational in Mexico City, announced Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

In international news, Biden is moving fast towards an infrastructure plan worth US$1.9 billion. This and more in your weekly infrastructure roundup!

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Digitalization in Construction Remains as Urgent as Ever - Nathan Shabot, Business Development Director for LATAM at Locusview

Digital tools are of increasing relevance in all industries and they are also fundamental for the infrastructure developments Mexico needs, argues Shabot. “Mexico faces a digitization challenge but this is the future and we must adapt,” he said. Read more here!

National

Auditor Denies Mistake in NAIM Cancellation Cost Estimation

“There is no mistake in the calculation of the cost of canceling NAIM,” said Agustín Caso Raphael, Auditor of the Superior Auditor of the Federation (ASF). These comments came after the audit was dismissed as erroneous by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who labeled it a political stunt. Caso and ASF said that the study was not done in poor faith. ASF has temporarily dismissed Caso. Read more here!

Cablebús Line 1 Is Now Operational & Line 2 Coming Soon

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum just inaugurated section Tlalpexco-Campos Revolucion of the Cablebús Line 1, which is expected to improve mobility in one of the city’s most populated sectors. Line 2 is expected to start operations in March, while Line 3 should begin its operations in 2022. The official fare has not been announced. Read more here!

Infrastructure Investments Will Decrease After Approval of Electricity Reform: CCE

The President of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Carlos Salazar Lomelín, said that infrastructure investments will decrease in line with those in the energy sector. This may have numerous consequences due to the uncertainty caused by the reform.

International

Biden Prepares US$1.9 Billion Infrastructure Plan

US President Joe Biden held meetings with legislators from both parties and different government offices to discuss the details of an infrastructure plan that would include many projects for the improvement of roads, bridges, water pipes and drains.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, El Universal, Milenio
Photo by:   Carlos Aranda, Unsplash
Jorge Ramos Zwanziger Jorge Ramos Zwanziger Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst