When there is talk of regions of economic developmentalmost always a vision of type is mentioned macroeconomic, as is the case of the T-MEC, but we can also talk about regions within an entity. In the case of Sinaloa the development regions have as a point of reference to the three main cities of the state, The Mochis, in the north zone, culiacan in the downtown area and Mazatlan in the southern area. What happens in each of them makes a clear difference in their vision of development.
All three regions have common development elements, such as access to a gas pipeline, airports, land and rail communication routesbut in the case of Culiacán, it does not have an active port, nor does it have a railway interconnection project and it has not generated national tourism, while Mazatlán is already a successful national and international tourism venue and Los Mochis is working On it.
The economic development of the Mazatlán region is booming due to tourism and investment in the area. As is the case of the Mazatlán-Durango highway, the new cruise center and the projects of the T-MEC, Mazatlán-Texas Railway Corridor, in addition, the southern zone of Sinaloa is already interconnecting with the development of the central-western zone of the country. .
In the case of the northern region, construction of the Fertilizer Plant in the Port of Topolobampo is expected to begin in Los Mochis, which will promote the development of a petrochemical complex in the area. The interconnection project with the United States, via rail (Albert Owen Project) and activation of the cruise industry are also being evaluated. Topolobampo begins to appear for the facilities in terms of fuels and energy, crucial for the supply chain. Little by little, the northern region of Sinaloa begins to be interconnected with the economic zone of the border strip with the United States.
In the case of the central region, despite the fact that Culiacán has the largest population weight in the entity and is the seat of the state government, there are no actions that trigger the development of the magnitude of what is happening in the north and south of Sinaloa. . There is no talk of making a railway interconnection with the United States, the activation of a port (Altata) and much less a cruise industry. It seems that only Mazatlán and Los Mochis can aspire to be venues for international tourism and have an industrial and agro-industrial base. The debate on economic issues in Culiacán is to try to have a convention center and to give merchants more discounts on property taxes.
It is urgent to take advantage of the saturation in maquiladora facilities and industrial parks that present the northern and central western region of the country to attract them. Sinaloa has been left in the middle of two regions with a high degree of development. On the one hand, the border strip formed by the northern states of Mexico and the southern United States (which, if they were a country, would be the fourth largest economy in the world). And secondly, the central-western zone, with a high potential for industrial, technological and agro-industrial development.
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Mazatlán is consolidating its position in the center west of the country with industry, tourism, industrial parks and agro-industrial development, as is the Los Mochis region with the border area. Given this boom in development, the obligatory question is:
What about the downtown area of Sinaloa?