Aiming to let know the future of the manufacture and maquila sector in Mexico the 44th Index National Convention “Paradigms for Advanced Manufacture,” was held from October 11th to 13th in Merida, Yucatan, which was opened by Federico Serrano Banuelos, president of the National Council of the Maquila Export Industry.

Before the president and national Index directors, company directors and state and federal authorities, Serrano Banuelos announced his positioning regarding with what can happen with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.)

“Currently, the renegotiation of NAFTA is taking place, but we should clarify that with or without it, our industry has and will have the success it deserves,” said the Index president, who added that it is necessary to expand Mexico’s industrial trade through defined public policies.

Serrano Banuelos statements were supported by Rogelio Garza, undersecretary of Industry and Commerce of the Ministry of Economy, who said that the “the Mexican industry will grow with or without NAFTA, as Mexico is much more than a Free Trade Agreement.” In addition, he added that in case of the cancelling of the trilateral agreement, the Federal Government has a support plant for the affected sectors.

While, Manuel Herrera Vega, president of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico (CONCAMIN, by its Spanish initials) recognized that NAFTA negotiations have hardened, but he said that whether Mexico is inside or outside the agreement, the outcome will be positive for the industry, as “we will not let the country's economy be infringed.”

While Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani, head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Spatial Economic Areas (AFDZEE, by its Spanish initials) talked in front of Rolando Zapata Bello, governor of Yucatan, about the importance that such State is betting to innovation and technological development.

Later, the words from Gutierrez Candiani were thanked by Zapata Bello, who commented that “the industry in the state of Yucatan continue to grow, while nationally, the manufacture sector represents almost 90 % of the exportations and, so far this 2017, exportations have advanced more than 10 % regarding the year.”


During the 44th Index National Convention were held different conferences among which highlight the “NAFTA modernization process,” which was in charge of Rogelio Garza, undersecretary of Industry and Commerce from the Ministry of Economy and Emilio Cadena, president and CEO of Grupo Prodensa.

Other conferences that were held during the event were: “Customs modernization and its impact in the manufacture sector,” “Control and the facilitation in foreign trade matters,” “ZEEs: New opportunities for development,” “New energetic order in Mexico,” “Talent and Millennials for the manufacture industry,” “Projections of world growth and of North America. Paradigms for advanced manufacture” and “Economical – Political Situation in Mexico towards 2020.”


Regarding the upturn the industry has had this 2017, the president of Index Piedras Negras, Gustavo Gutierrez Garcia, commented that “Coahuila continues growing and an example of this is that only in this year 15,000 jobs have been generated thanks to the state and municipal support.”

“The current administration focused in safety offering investors the security they need to decide where to install their productive plants,” Gutierrez Garcia added, who also mentioned that due to Coahuila offered the best options, many companies decided to stay in the state.

On the other hand, regarding the challenges that will take place in 2018, the president of Index Piedras Negras said that it is important to continue working as today with the objective of keeping a good economy in Coahuila as well as in Mexico.

“It is important to continue focused in what is important and remain working as today, as with the Free Trade Agreement or without it, we must continue serving the customers we have around the world,” the president of Index Piedras Negras noted.