What are your main priorities at the moment when it comes to boosting imports and exports?
For COMCE, the main objective in the western region is to boost both exports and imports to strengthen the area's supply chain. In addition, another objective is to attract and retain national and foreign investment. We live in a highly strategic area in terms of foreign trade; Jalisco is the only state with 21 export sectors. In terms of our goals, we have various fronts such as, for example, taking advantage of our most important partners, the US and Canada, with a 2.0 treaty and important work on the supply chain. By the end of this year, we will welcome a committee of between seven and nine states, and we are implementing the final details of the companies that will be part of the supply chain for the companies that will come from other states. We are also working on cybersecurity in Maryland and Virginia. We develop cybersecurity because we have a high-tech ecosystem. Even so, there are 21 exporting sectors, and we aim to balance them as much as possible. Then, there is Panama, which is essentially a huge supermarket for several parts of Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Our aim is to take advantage of Mexican products' strength to head south. Finally, Mexico has become a reference in gastronomy and industry, and we are working to make this a reality. We are globally concerned about how to integrate ourselves with companies in Vietnam and Malaysia. There has been talk about creating joint ventures because it will be difficult to compete. Even though we are counting on the US breaking into these markets, we seek to partner with people instead of fighting.
What is necessary to boost the growth of the state's industrial companies?
We need SMEs to be more involved in foreign trade because these are already global companies. Mexico does not have an industrial policy now, and this makes it difficult, though we are forming alliances to create conditions that enable these companies to become competitive. COMCE suggested renewing the logistics platform that serves SMEs, and we obtained a significant amount of capital to do so. It was also suggested to promote water through an agro-park to export coastal products.