Jalisco expects to reach US$20bn in high-tech exports by end-2012

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mexico's Jalisco state expects to reach US$20bn in high-tech exports by end-2012 with the creation of 100,000 jobs to consolidate its top spot at a national level, local press reported.

Jalisco's high-tech market currently exports about US$17bn, according to Octavio Parga, president of the west chapter of local IT association Canieti.

Canieti's strategic plan until 2015 includes consolidating industry segments such as manufacturing, software, design and multimedia, he added.

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The plan also considers reinforcing strategic niche markets such as aerospace and green technologies, and creating synergies among the industry, the government and educational institutions.

Though Mexico's industry is well positioned in general terms, there is still some work to be done to increase future professionals' interest in technology, Parga said.

"We need new talent," he was quoted as saying. "The profile of the new entrepreneur needs to be enriched, with technical and language skills, as well as creativity."