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Nearshoring, an Economic Driver for Mexicali that is Unleashing Growth Potential


In recent years, Mexicali has emerged as a prominent nearshoring destination, offering companies an opportunity to enhance their global operations. With its strategic location, skilled workforce, and competitive cost structure, Mexicali presents numerous advantages for enterprises seeking to expand their regional presence.

The ever-evolving geopolitical landscape involving China, the Middle East, and the United States, compounded by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompted a historic decision to relocate the production of goods closer to the world’s largest consumer market. This was underscored by Luis Manuel Elizondo Lomeli, President of the Mexicali Business Coordinating Council, during the recent Los Madrugadores meeting on October 30.

For many companies, nearshoring represents a blend of internal and external outsourcing, offering a unique combination of cultural alignment, proximity, and language familiarity while maintaining cost-effectiveness. Nearshore outsourcing provides the cultural and logistical benefits of local proximity, coupled with significant cost savings. Key advantages of nearshoring include reduced labor costs, the elimination of language barriers, alignment of cultures, geographical proximity, and shared time zones.

Elizondo Lomeli pointed out that a substantial portion of existing production is currently situated in the east, but its expansion plans have been reconsidered. Companies are now actively seeking to relocate or expand in new areas to overcome logistical and distribution challenges associated with distance.

Mexicali, given its strategic geographical location, is well-positioned to capitalize on this shift by bolstering its existing industries and attracting new business ventures to the city.

In this context, Mexicali Total Nearshoring Solutions aims to harness the benefits of nearshoring by leveraging competitive advantages such as available land, topographical suitability, a skilled workforce, and ample access to essential resources like electricity and water, to stimulate economic development. This city-level initiative unites public and private stakeholders under a single vision and shared goal, benefiting all residents of Mexicali.

Achieving this vision necessitates a shift from traditional, case-by-case investment approaches toward proactive land development that saves time, enhances efficiency, and minimizes costs. By providing a conducive environment, Mexicali can attract industries that enhance the quality of life and well-being of its residents.

Elizondo Lomeli emphasized that territorial reserves should be developed strategically in alignment with public policies, leading to concrete elements like the PDUCP (Urban Development and Zoning Program) and partial PDUCPs. These elements should translate into comprehensive Master Plans and executive projects, encompassing various zones encompassing industrial, residential, commercial, educational, entertainment, transportation, infrastructure, urban amenities, and services, among others.

To achieve lasting success, collaboration among businesses, educational institutions, experts, and government bodies is essential. The establishment of the Committee for the Development of Talent and Education of Mexicali reflects a commitment to creating ongoing mechanisms for educational and training updates. This collaborative effort ensures that Mexicali remains at the forefront of nearshoring opportunities and continues to drive economic development and growth.

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