The new Secretary of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, will have to face various challenges in an economy depressed by the health contingency of COVID-19 , for which experts consulted by El Financiero advised her to focus on developing a greater business vision and supporting small and medium-sized companies, especially due to the devastating scenario that the pandemic left in thousands of businesses.
Gerardo Tajonar, national president of the National Association of Importers and Exporters of the Mexican Republic (ANIERM) , pointed out that the foreign trade sector has great hope that during the new administration of the Economy the small and medium-sized companies will benefit more way that is done in other countries.
“We hope that the new secretary will work on this issue more, knowing that she comes from an entrepreneurial cradle, she experienced entrepreneurship with her father, Manuel Clouthier, she grew up with business values, she was always supported by a generous father, a businessman, she comes from the crib, ”he said.
Likewise, Fernando Ruiz Huarte, general director of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE), highlighted that Tatiana Clouthier’s profile is very different from that of Graciela Márquez, but he trusts that she can do a good job.
“The federal deputy Tatiana Clouthier has a good relationship with the Mexican business sector, and in her activity she has developed knowledge about the mechanisms that we need as a country to continue growing, which we think can be a good Secretary of the Economy,” he said.
For Fernando Ruiz, the main challenge for the new Economy Minister will be to diversify export markets.
“We have to attack new markets, even within the United States itself, we have to reach more states, not only focus on the same as always, it would also be helpful to promote an industrialization policy in the country that allows giving greater added value to our export products, as this will generate a larger domestic market and more employment, “he said.
Positive balance for Márquez administration
After two years, the administration of Graciela Márquez came to an end, and according to experts in foreign trade, the balance was positive. Gerardo Tajonar highlighted that there was a great advance in matters of information and commercial intelligence.
“They created a platform where the sector can consult useful data to be able to do analysis and project ourselves in a better way to international trade, before we had to go to foreign information sources to have greater visibility,” he explained
Another positive point, from the point of view of foreign trade, was that the current administration knew how to put the “level floor” in terms of normalization.
“If standards and specifications are required from us to enter international markets, we do not explain how the same did not apply to the products that entered the country, there was a great job of the general direction of standards of the Ministry of Economy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fernando Ruiz considered that it is difficult to evaluate the last year of Graciela Márquez at the head of the Economy, since the pandemic caused distortions in the supply and demand markets worldwide.