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Weekly Roundups

The Week in Infrastructure: Logistics Developments to Boost Growth in the Bajio

By Gabriela Mastache | Fri, 12/13/2019 - 13:30

INFONAVIT offers a new vision on the social housing model, the Bajio’s next bet is on interstate infrastructure and tourism infrastructure for Quintana Roo will soon receive good news.

 

In case you missed it, this is what made the headlines over the week!

  • For 2020, the Center-West-Bajio Alliance formed by Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Queretaro and San Luis Potosi will focus on strengthening interstate infrastructure as well as on capital attraction. Among the projects that will be developed by the Alliance are an interurban train between Queretaro and Guanajuato, two dams in El Zapotillo and El Realito, aqueducts, highways and improving airport infrastructure. The idea is to standardize mobility in the region, which will lead to improved logistics.
  • Carlos Martínez, Director General of INFONAVIT, acknowledged that for several years, the institute’s policy was based on building more houses regardless of the social cost for workers or if they had public services. According to Martínez, this led to over 650,000 houses being abandoned. For Martínez, going forward the institute’s mission will be to put workers front and center and to achieve a coherent narrative between workers’ needs and the institute’s actions.
  • The stark difference of the industrial scenario between the north and south of the country will be addressed through the National Infrastructure Plan. It considers the construction of two large regional programs in the south of the country, the Mayan Train and the Transisthmic Corridor. In addition, the Dos Bocas refinery and the Oaxaca Pact are expected to increase industrial activity in the south of the country. 
  • Today, FONATUR will receive the results of the basic engineering study for the Mayan Train. The results are expected to clear the way for FONATUR to engage in the environmental impact assessment. They will also help to decide the ideal locations for establishing the 18 train stations that the project will have.
  • Grupo Murano, the real estate developer behind Cancun’s Grand Island project, will go to the markets to finance the touristic project.
Gabriela Mastache Gabriela Mastache Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst