Queretaro, Qro. The beginning of the year has been a difficult period for the construction sector, perceiving slowness in the administration of federal resources to develop works in the state.
The president of Querétaro of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC), Álvaro Ugalde Ríos, said there is a concern in the sector about the designation of federal resources.
Added to this scenario is the call by builders for the federal government to tender significant works that involve a large number of resources, he said.
According to the CMIC state leader, up to 80% of the works announced by the federal government have been designated through the direct assignment.
“We respectfully request the federal government to tender large-amount works, since right now, as it is managing that out of 10 large works, eight are direct allocation, that makes the construction industry more restricted, since they are not distributed those amounts. And we do want to make that respectful call. This is even on a national level by the cameras,” he pronounced.
For this reason, on May 13, the CMIC will launch a national statement to ask the federal government to allow greater participation of construction companies through open tenders.
“Here the main problem is that the money is not distributed equitably, or apportioned. That is the problem that is centralized. Now, for example, they are going to put the Army to build the airport (in Santa Lucía). The Army has its functions. If he (President Andrés Manuel López Obrador) really wants to see the most optimized works, let him put them out to tender, and he can put the Army as supervisor,” declared Ugalde Ríos.
He stressed that in addition to this scenario, the lack of federal resources to carry out works in the entity generates uncertainty in the construction sector, given that it directly impacts the development of local public works, which has been sustained by projects that the condition has tendered.
“The 2,000 million pesos are from federal resources that have not arrived, from what is federal participation for Querétaro (…) Right now there is a lot of work shortage for the same reason, because of the national uncertainty of what is being said about the government of how things are being handled,” he said.
The decision of Andrés Manuel López Obrador to declare the tender to build the Dos Bocas refinery void in Tabasco raises questions about the type of work that will be carried out, for which the state leader urged that these works be put out to tender and that the participation of specialists.
“That we be a consultative body, including the CMIC, that is what construction companies are for. The government is a promoter of employment, it is not the direct executor of the work,” he maintained.
During the first two months of 2019, the value of public works generated in Querétaro fell 58.0% at the actual annual rate, ranking 26th among the 32 states, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.
The states with the highest variations were Tlaxcala (215.4%), Puebla (105.2%), Colima (89.1%), and Chihuahua (73.0%), while the most pronounced decreases were Oaxaca (82.0%), Quintana Roo (70.3%). ), Nayarit (66.9%) and Yucatan (64.4 percent).