A potential ship construction deal involving Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex and the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia will not be affected by the outcome of last weekend's presidential election in the Latin American country, the representative of a Mexican shipbuilding industry organization said Wednesday.
Manuel Torres made his assessment at a meeting in this northwestern Spanish city aimed at reaching a cooperation agreement between Pemex and the regional government, Galicia's economy and industry minister, Javier Guerra, said.
According to Guerra, Torres said the ongoing talks on the construction of vessels and other installations for Pemex at Galician shipyards are "not a political problem but rather (an issue) among companies."
Torres explained that the Mexican shipbuilding industry must "convince bureaucrats" in the Latin American country "of the sector's importance," Guerra said, adding that that is "not necessary" in the case of Galicia.
Guerra called for seizing this "historic opportunity" that will open "new paths" to future collaboration.
The future of the shipbuilding industry and the rest of the economic sectors lies in opening new markets, Guerra said, adding that Pemex's interest in Galicia conveys "a message of trust" that can help attract new customers abroad.
The minister noted that Galicia's shipbuilding industry is struggling but that a brighter future awaits thanks to its "accumulated experience" and commitment to innovation.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, recaptured the Mexican presidency in Sunday's general election, returning to power after a 12-year absence with Enrique Peña Nieto as its standard-bearer. EFE