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Indian companies have invested over $110 mn in Mexico: Guv of Nuevo León

Interview with Jaime Heliodoro Rodríguez Calderón

Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 


In 2015, you became the first independent candidate to win an election for Governor in Mexico, a modality which was created by the political reform of 2014, through a campaign mainly based on social media. Tell us a little bit about the campaign. 
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who made that victory possible, I thank the citizens that were always eager, always supportive, sharing posts and joining the project during my campaign and my administration. Honestly, the use of social media by the citizens of Nuevo Leon defeated the barrier of traditional media outlets among the electorate, it defeated bipartisanship and that is how we achieved our objective. 

The reason that my campaign was mainly disseminated through social media is that these networks provide an agile engagement with the citizen, it is an easy way to communicate the activities and programs that the state government is implementing, and at the same time, it is a useful tool for taking the opinion of the citizens of Nuevo Leon into account. 

Direct links between civil society and the government have been forged through social media, which is why I firmly believe that the use of technology will help change the attitude towards bureaucracy in our government institutions. 

You are a farmer leader. What do Mexican and Indian farmers have in common and what learning can they share?
As a farmer leader from my state of Nuevo Leon, I am convinced of the great importance that farmers have for our country. Both Mexican and Indian farmers share the primary production of food, which impacts one of the main sources of wealth for India as well as for Mexico. 

The impact of farmers on food production is so important, that without them there would be no sector development. Making the land produce is a true vocation, both for the farmer with access to state-of-the-art technology as well as for that farmer that works with simple tools and reaps the harvest from his land for self-supply. 

Today, the improvements in the agricultural and cattle industry have achieved impressive breakthroughs. Mexican farmers and small rural producers play an essential role in one of the main sources of wealth: the national and international food industry.

Investments from India in Mexico are run into several hundred million US dollars. Most of the leading Indian companies in IT/software, pharmaceutical and automotive companies have invested in facilities and plants in Mexico taking advantage of its strategic location, large market and investment friendly policies. How can we take this forward?
India is a very important partner for us. Currently, Indian companies have invested over $110 million in our country. Indian companies in have had a distinguished role in the progress of the sectors in the region, which is why I want to extend an invitation to all Indian businesspeople that are interested in knowing more about the programs and benefits that we offer, with the objective of fostering economic activity, creating commercial links, alliances and opportunities and attracting investment to the state of Nuevo Leon. 

We continue to encourage strategic programs to stimulate investment from companies that impact in the information technology sector as well as pharma and automotive.