State clusters gathered to encourage the economic development of the region and local supply
With the objective of transforming the region of Juarez and El Paso in one of the most competitive areas, seven industrial clusters associated to integrate an Innovation Hub for the economic development of the State of Chihuahua.
Members of the different clusters have decided to integrate the Hub in the state of Chihuahua to work together; likewise, a fundamental part of this new association is that each cluster has developed particular strategies to promote the economy in the region.
Exclusively for Mexico Industry, Carlos Yates, director of ProMexico in Chihuahua, announced that this association results from the transaction of the manufacturing industry in the state.
Yates said that they have to move to a new centered model in local innovation and in solid inclusion and well-founded of the Mexico industry.
“We had to find the way of introduce Mexican companies to the global value chain,” he said.
Up to the moment, the innovation Hub for the economic development of the State of Chihuahua is integrated by the Energy Cluster Chihuahua, the Logistics and Foreign Trade Cluster Chihuahua, the Artificial Intelligence Cluster, Medical Tourism Cluster, the Recyclers Cluster, Cultural Economy Cluster and the Biomedical Bio El Paso-Juarez Cluster.
About this, Victor Hernandez, president of the Intelligence Cluster Chihuahua, explained that the Custer will fulfill a transversal organism to support other clusters, such as the one from Logistics, Biomedical and of Tourism, through smart and cognitive applications in order for them to compete not only in the region, but worldwide.
“If we have the purpose of becoming the competitive area we want to be, we need to create a synergy among all to compete with China and India, for example,” he shared.
Meanwhile, Fernando Gonzalez, from the Energy Cluster, seeks to support the development of the region through projects located on different cities of the State: Villahumada, Samalayuca, Ojinaga, Cd. Juarez and Cuauhtemoc.
Despite of not revealing the specifications of each one of the projects yet, Fernando Gonzalez is sure that one of them will be helping the 12 companies that integrate the clusters.
The Recycling Cluster, directed by Alberto Saenz, shared that one of the main goals the association has is to transform Ciudad Juarez in a region that recycles 100 % of its industrial wastes.
A particular objective of the clusters was to come together to interact transversally among them and do it as well with clusters from other states, such as the Energy Cluster Chihuahua currently does.
It is worth mentioning that this cluster already has an agreement with the Energy Cluster Coahuila.
The Artificial Intelligence Cluster also has established an agreement with the Software Design Cluster. Regarding the Biomedical BIO Cluster, this settled an agreement with the Medical Center of the Americas in El Paso.
Another cluster looking for a regional integration is the one of Medical Tourism led by its president, Francisco Moreno.
In addition, they want to join efforts to take advantage of the talent and capability the region has in tangible projects that support the development of the region.
“We do not need to bring specialists, technicians or engineers from abroad to fulfill projects; here in the area we have a lot of talent that can be used,” Moreno said.
Although the innovation Hub base for economic development of the state of Chihuahua has several outstanding clusters established in the region, they are also seeking for the participation of others, such as the Aerospace, Software Design, Automotive and Mining.
“It had been spoken, decades before, about clusters in the document Chihuahua Siglo XXI, but the culture and commitment to empower citizenships was not developed, to assemble them, intending the model to work as of the State control; finally, in Chihuahua that was left behind and today we are ready and exporting the model to other states,” said Carlos Yates, director of ProMexico.
It is important to mention that some years ago different diagnoses were developed where strategic sectors were defined on which they must be centering their efforts, underlining wellness and strengths from each region.
Th estate of Chihuahua was no exception. Thanks to that, was achieved to progress towards an inclusive regional commerce with the incorporation of mechanisms that promoted the participation of small and medium companies (SMEs) in regional commerce through a trilateral dialogue among tractor companies and national industry, accompanying them with the academic sector and the support of public officials from the three government levels to facilitate the integration process.
As result, the North America industrial platform was strengthened, seeking to guarantee that trade among the three countries is simpler and predictable, achieving establishing origin rules that fasten regional value chains and increase incentives for the development of local suppliers.
Thus, in Chihuahua was promoted the formation of clusters, integrated by manufacturing companies, private sectors, academy and government levels, where for the first time in this process the municipality of Ciudad Juarez was included.
Some of these clusters already presented initiatives for the economic and social development on different areas before the new federal government through the commissioner for the northern border, the businessmen Pedro Romero Torres-Torrija, who has transferred to the economic cabinet in order for with the precise diagnosis from the manufacturing industry, develop the economic projects that will transform the border region in “The Most Competitive Region Worldwide” and that this northern border would be the true containment wall, but as of well-paid working opportunities for Mexicans.
The businessman Pedro Romero Torres-Torrija has been the manager of collecting the settlements from the citizens of the northern border, which has generated different proposals as for example to improve the minimal wage, as the ones from Victor Saenz and Julio Chiu. In turn, in this border have emerged for the matching of fuel costs and the reduction of the VAT and Income Tax which will be sought to implement at the beginning of 2019. Foreign trade will continue in the economic development of Mexico under a new modality, surely under a modern approach of digital transformation.
· Energy Cluster Chihuahua – President: Victor Saenz (general director of TPI Composites.)
· Logistics and Foreign Trade Cluster Chihuahua – President: Luis Marquez (president of the Customs Brokers Association of Ciudad Juarez.)
· Artificial Intelligence Cluster – President: Victor Hernandez
· Medical Tourism Cluster – President: Francisco Moreno
· Recyclers Cluster – President: Alberto Saenz
· Cultural Economy Cluster – President: Oralia Palos
· Biomedical Bio El Paso – Juarez Cluster – President: Julio Chiu