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SCT Vows To Reform CAPUFE

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 17:38

SCT leader Jorge Arganis Díaz Leal announced the reclaiming of the Playas de Tijuana toll booth, which was illegally occupied by an assortment of political groups demanding a fee from highway users. In his speech, Arganis Leal thanked President López Obrador for his intervention as this and other toll booths in the country were reclaimed by the federal government without violence. Arganis Leal explained that his administration plans to completely “reengineer” CAPUFE, the federal decentralized body in charge of managing these toll booths and other aspects of Mexico’s highway development, to make it “more honest and efficient.”     

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Second Infrastructure Plan Unveiled

President López Obrador has unveiled the second major agreement for the development of national infrastructure between the government and the private sector. The plan contemplates an investment of US$11.34 billion. SHCP head Arturo Herrera said 29 projects are included in this agreement. The first of these plans was announced in October, which brings the total to US$26.11 billion in infrastructure investments spread over 68 projects. Ten of the 39 projects listed in the first agreement have already been launched. Eight of the projects are built for the connectivity of the new Mexico City Felipe Ángeles Airport in Santa Lucia. During the presentation, the private sector was represented by CCE and its leader Carlos Salazar, who said this agreement would generate over 400,000 jobs.

Mexico to Build Precision Agriculture Infrastructure

The Mexican Space Agency (AEM), a decentralized body of SCT, and Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMEX), signed an agreement to collaborate on a pilot program that will use satellite technology to increase agricultural productivity through “precision agriculture.” The SCT press release says the present and future importance of this practice is supported by studies from the Inter-American Development Bank. UAEMEX was chosen for this task after opening its National Laboratory of Earth Observation (LANOT), which gathers and processes satellite imagery and data. Precision agriculture is not so much a technology as it is a methodology to increase agricultural productivity through strictly enforced practices of observation, measurement and response to crop variations. The data that this generates is then used to build a Decision Support System, a digital information system that can predict patterns and suggest managerial actions to increase profits while preserving resources.

Face-to-Face School Attendance Should Resume: AMLO

During today’s daily morning press conference, President López Obrador said that Mexico needs to move toward resuming face-to-face education without risk in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We must first consider the states where there is already a green traffic light. We have two, Campeche and Chiapas, and others that can soon enter the green light,” he said, referring to the epidemiological traffic light that limits social and public activities. The president noted there is a need to normalize education in the country. “Of course, there is the education through television, internet or radio but we need face-to-face education while observing all health protocols,” he said.

Cancelation of Etileno XXI Plant Contract Confirmed

President López Obrador said the contract for the supply of gas to the Etileno XXI plant has been canceled. “They reported to me this morning that they had notified the company because this leonine contract signed by the Calderón government is not being corrected,” he said. López Obrador said there is no longer any natural gas for the Odebrecht subsidiary because the contract expired and it will not be renewed.

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