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The Week in Infrastructure: a New Year to Combat Negative Results

By Pedro Alcalá | Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:42

During a recent press conference, CMIC President Eduardo Ramírez Leal declared 2019 to be the worst year for the Mexican construction industry in 18 years due to what the chamber reports to be a 6.9 percent drop in productivity in said year. This is the largest decrease of its kind since the 7.7 percent decrease experienced in 2001.

“All government start offs are complex, but this one was slightly more so,” said Ramírez Leal to contextualize this development. He also pinned the causes behind this decrease on the lack of public infrastructure investment, pointing out that authorities managed resources with much more caution to avoid corruption accusations. 

The industry also suffered a loss of around 150,000 jobs as reported to CMIC affiliates. Ramírez Leal also pointed out that the industry is negatively affected by the military sector’s increasing involvement in the construction sector through its participation in projects such as the Santa Lucia airport. 

Ready for more? Here’s the Week in Infrastructure!

Technical Studies for Santa Lucia Airport Ready for Evaluation

Speaking at a gathering of Mexican ambassadors and consuls, Brigadier General and leader of the Santa Lucia Airport Project Gustavo Vallejo confirmed that all technical studies for the project required by Mexican aeronautical authorities had been concluded and were ready for evaluation. 

He also claimed to have saved over US$26 million of the close to US$51 million originally approved for the completion of these studies while also making note of the almost US$213 million originally spent on these same studies for the Texcoco airport. 

Santa Lucía Airport to Open on March 21, 2022

During his Monday morning press conference, President Andres Manuel López Obrador reiterated his intention to inaugurate the Felipe Ángeles International Airport, more commonly known by its location in the Santa Lucia military airbase, on March 21, 2022, while also pointing out that this is a significantly earlier delivery date than the one originally planned for the Texcoco NAIM. 

The President also restated his intentions to perform significant renovation projects in both AICM and the Toluca Airport, including the building of a third terminal in the former to help alleviate its saturation issues. 

New Mayan Train Contracting Packages to Be Revealed Next Week

A high ranking government official involved in the Mayan Train project has revealed that new fully assembled contracting packages for the construction of this flagship infrastructure project will be announced next week during one of the President’s morning press conferences. 

This same source also claimed that last month’s controversial poll of indigenous communities regarding the project is only the beginning of a much larger communication campaign surrounding the project.  

Cuauhtemoc Borough and Seocho District Sign Cooperation Agreement 

Central Mexico City Borough Cuauhtemoc and key Seoul district Seocho signed a brotherhood agreement this week to cooperate in matters of urban mobility, economic development, infrastructure, sustainability, education and culture.

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Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Senior Journalist & Industry Analyst