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Manufacturers in Mexico seek competitive industrial policy

Manufacturers in Mexico expressed their desire that the nation’s government pursue policies designed to bolster the country’s burgeoning export sector, as well as protect it, as much as possible, from the ups and downs that affect the global economy.

One consideration that manufacturers in Mexico believe that policymakers should take into account is the imperative of devising mechanisms by which current participants and future investors in the export sector enjoy as much legal and financial certainty and transparency as is possible. This certainty, the manufacturing community asserts, is of fundamental importance if Mexico’s export economy is to retain its competitive position and growth trajectory in that it allows companies and investors to plan with confidence.

Luis Agurre Lang, the current president of Mexico’s National Maquiladora Association, cited policies created and implemented in the mid-1960s as being those that put Mexico on a path to becoming an important player in global manufacturing.

The Maquiladora Association’s president pointed to four discernible stages in Mexico’s manufacturing development:

The first stage was characterized by a high concentration of manual assembly work.
The second stage was when manufacturing became more specialized and when the “Made in Mexico” brand began to be recognized for its quickly improving quality.
The third stage was that in which Mexican manufacturers became involved in the design of the products produced in their plants.
The fourth stage, the current situation, is the stage in which Mexico is rapidly increasing the value-add of high-tech and other items produced in the country.

Aguirre Lang encouraged officials on both the federal and state levels to adopt policies that will ensure the the momentum that Mexico has built up over the years to become a world class exporting nation continues. He expressed that Mexican manufacturers will continue to enjoy forward progress, if efforts to reform the country’s education system are effective. He asserting that to by graduating more Mexican engineers from the nation’s universities “Mexican manufacturers will be able to export more technology and patents,” while taking advantage of the country;s favorable business

The full article can be read in its original Spanish at info7.com

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