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Mexico Plans To Reignite Industries Tied To The U.S.

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Graciela Márquez
Office of the Presidency of Mexico
Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Graciela Márquez

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s federal government presented its plan to gradually reopen activities during the coronavirus pandemic. And it includes the reactivation of industries crucial for trade with the United States.

Starting Monday, May 18, construction, mining and vehicle manufacturing will be considered essential activities in Mexico. 

Mining is relevant for the Sonora-Arizona region and many industries. The automotive and aerospace sectors are among the top economic and trade activities between both countries.

Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Graciela Márquez said the government will provide guidance and businesses will adjust. 

While some applaud reactivating economic sectors, others worry about the health risks this might bring. 

Business groups and the U.S. government had been urging Mexico to allow the operation of industries crucial to the bilateral supply chain. 

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Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.