MEXICO - Economy
Director General, the Council of Clusters of Nuevo Leon
Dr. Jesús Horacio González Treviño is the Director General of the Council of Clusters of Nuevo Leon. He has an MD degree previous experience includes Medical Director at Clinica Vitro, General Manager at Medical Services at Vitro, and various other positions in the healthcare sector.
We have 12 clusters to date, with the new one being tourism specific. The clusters have three points of interest; the government, private initiatives, and academia. The purpose of this triple helix is to promote the cooperation of these three interest groups both within the clusters and among them.
The Council works with the presidents of each cluster and our principal function is to align the different missions of the clusters into a single point of view. We determine how to help all sectors collaborate horizontally, instead of just vertically. Clusters work vertically together with the government, too. The Council has been undertaking this work for around a year now. Our first objective is to establish what problems each cluster has and to see how we can overcome them through the work of different sub-commissions. Ultimately, the Council’s mission is to work together with the clusters and focus its efforts on the creation of new jobs, attracting new investment, and expanding Nuevo Leon’s economy.
I think the greatest challenge lies in comprehending how each cluster works by itself, given that there is no structure in place to unite them. Each cluster has its own particular way of going about its business, and no one has questioned that to date. I believe they could enjoy better results by working with government bodies and the universities. As each cluster enjoys operational autonomy, there has historically not been sufficient communication between them. Another challenge is to work with the health cluster, specifically in the spheres of biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Competitiveness derives from the way we share this information, and our best efforts have been expended in teaching. For example, health personnel know how to find resources and information in their field, but we have no crossover of information between various sectors. We need reports, indicators, and balance sheets that we currently lack. Some of the more successful clusters have a narrow focus, for example in technology and biotechnology. Naturally, they need funds to realize their projects. Several of the clusters will not have experience in how to achieve this, and need to learn the ropes. In this case there is a need to learn more about project finance from the clusters of greater experience, which, again, is predicated on effective communication.
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MEXICO - Agriculture
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