As a resistance measure against the anti-Mexican policies outlined by President of the United States Donald Trump, the southern part of Quintana Roo will establish itself as a new commercial, touristic, transportation and communication route.
This is happening because the Federal Government has delivered the deeds of ownership for 400 hectares of land, with 338 of them corresponding to pieces of land that are adjacent to the Zaragoza Canal. This action was held by Rosario Robles, who serves as the Secretary of Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development (or SEDATU in Spanish) and Alicia Ricald Megaña, the President of the Integral Port Administration (APIQROO).
Although the deeds have been paid for more than three state administrations (a six-year period) that included Joaquín Hendricks, Felix Gonzalez and Roberto Borge, who are all members of the PRI political party, the delivery has finally been completed under the new governor, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez.
With the pieces of land now under state administration, the Zaragoza Canal Project will be showcased soon, in coordination with the National Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur). The project will include millions of pesos in public investment to create infrastructure, thus developing a more dynamic economy in the southern part of Quintana Roo, especially in Chetumal.
The delivery of the deeds, according to the APIQROO Director, bestows legal certainty to the project, which makes the managing and drawing of big public resources and investments possible, mainly from the Federal government.
"The project will include millions of pesos in public investment to create infrastructure, thus creating a more dynamic economy in the southern part of Quintana Roo."
The design includes the possibility of having a Home Port, which would attract international tourism and would be the starting point of a route that would include Central America and the Caribbean. A cargo terminal for grand-scale trading is also projected in order to complement the merchandise delivery, in an activity that is mostly taking place in the Panama Canal.
The project also includes the possibility of building a seaport with passenger transportation routes towards Belize and its touristic areas, such as San Peter’s Island and the surrounding region. Although there are already companies from Belize in the area, the idea is to introduce Mexican businesses to this destination.
The project would also create a new commercial and touristic trade door between Mexico and the southern part of the continent, following the crude anti-Mexican policies outlined by Donald Trump that casted doubt over the economic relationship between Mexico and the U.S. This relationship was aggravated by Trump´s desire to build a border wall as well as the pressure and intimidation of Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, to pay for the wall.
Tulum’s airport project breathes new life
From the 400 deeds delivered by the civil servant, 62 correspond to a zone in Tulum known as the Macario Gomez shared land, where the development of a new international airport is intended to start.
This intention isn’t new. In 2011, the Communication and Transportation Ministry (SCT) started a tender to develop, operate and manage a new airport in Tulum, but after reviewing the proposals submitted by Asur, Tradeco and GAP companies, the Ministry concluded that none of them had fulfilled the safety and airport operation standards, and therefore cancelled the tender.
Several private initiative associations have asked since then to resume the project in order to increase the passenger management capacity and to prevent them from having to travel from Cancun to reach the many hotel and real estate developments in the central part of Quintana Roo.