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President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador holds engineer meeting

Mexico City, Mexico — President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador summoned the country’s engineers to participate in the government he will lead starting December.

In the framework of the meeting with Mexican engineering associations, López Obrador explained that resources will be used with great transcendence. He said that his government will define 25 new priority programs between works in process and maintenance.

There is, he continued, an inventory of abandoned projects that must be finished, such as the 56 abandoned hospitals around the country or the Mexico-Toluca train.

Of these 25 projects of the new government, 12 have to do with engineers. In the case of oil production, he said that his government will work to reverse the crisis that exists now and that the same will happen with the rehabilitation of the six existing refineries.

“We must intervene, allocate resources, to drill wells ” he insisted.

He says regarding the construction of the refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco Mexican technology will be used and there will be a relevant participation of the Mexican Petroleum Institute adding that he needed their help to solve, from the technical point, problems with the International Airport of Mexico City.

Ascencio Medina, director of the College of Civil Engineers, proposed the creation of a “project bank” to facilitate negotiations, research and preliminary studies before launching a tender.

José Francisco Albarrán Núñez, president of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, asked the president-elect to strengthen the national engineering, promoting its development and capabilities, since there are many “highly qualified Mexicans. Engineering is sovereignty,” he said.

Salvador Landeros Ayala, representative of the Mexican Union of Engineers Associations (UMAI) celebrated that in the future government there will be “talented engineers” like Javier Jiménez Espriú, who will be the head of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT).

He criticized the fact that in recent years, the interests of foreign companies have been privileged, which is why he also proposed strengthening this sector, with talent and national content. He said that Mexican engineers are ready to participate in the construction of infrastructure, such as trains, roads and the future international airport.

Javier Jiménez Espriú said that there is an important talent of Mexican engineers, in all branches, who will participate in the “fourth transformation” proposed by López Obrador. Like the engineers, he regretted that the sector has been abandoned, promoting more foreign interests.