Mexico ministries, business groups to coordinate post-pandemic reboot

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Mexico ministries, business groups to coordinate post-pandemic reboot

Mexico will coordinate with business groups in multiple sectors to prepare a restart of productive activities as the national lockdown is scheduled to end May 30.

Although infections are escalating in Mexico City, business leaders are urging action to ensure a safe and efficient reboot.

At on online event Tuesday, hosted by Mexico’s largest business association CCE, with participants from labor unions, industry and banking groups, lawmakers, government officials, and from the central bank, economy undersecretary Ernesto Acevedo said the ministry had proposed that industrial association Concamin and similar groups form task forces to coordinate value chains.

“One of the proposals that I want to announce at this time is that with the different chambers and associations, we are going to start working on how they are going to reopen different global value chains,” Acevedo said, according to local daily Milenio.

Supply and value chain reactivation will be fundamental in light of the US-Canada-Mexico trade agreement (USMCA) set to go into effect July 1. 

Acevedo said the task forces would ensure that “the economic reopening is as soon as possible, without sacrificing health,” taking into account mobility issues and giving weight to productive chains that have the strongest regional impacts.

The comments appear to be a response to recent private sector calls to bring labor, business and government together to plan response and recovery efforts.

Concamin president Francisco Cervantes acknowledged the move, adding that Concamin would soon form teams in coordination with the foreign and economy ministries to analyze the gradual return of the workforce. 

Juan Pablo García, CEO of construction major Cemex, said during his presentation that he would be interested in forming part of a team focusing on reactivating the construction industry, touting the company’s efforts to lead the industry on COVID-19 safety. 

Among the major issues to be addressed, Acevedo added, would be the need to re-synchronize supply chains with production restarts in key manufacturing partner countries, such as the US, Canada and China.

"What we are observing at the moment is that the timing of productive chains was affected at the global level [by the pandemic]," he said.

“The challenge ahead is: How do we get into sync again? And how do we do it in an orderly and gradual fashion, so that the economic recovery is as fast as possible?”

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