Tuesday - Jul 23, 2019

Aviation complex will design and build planes, train pilots

Three locations in Guanajuato are under consideration for the 100-hectare development

by the El Reportero’s wire services

A Mexican conglomerate is holding talks with the Guanajuato government with a view to building an aviation complex in the state that will design and assemble planes as well as train pilots.

IK Aerospace Group, made up of light aircraft manufacturer Horizontec, aircraft interior manufacturer Siasa Air and aerospace software company Optimen, told the newspaper Milenio that the new complex could be built in one of three Guanajuato municipalities — León, San Miguel de Allende or Purísima del Rincón.

Construction of the facility, which will be the first of its kind in Mexico, requires approximately 100 hectares of land.

Giovanni Angelucci Carrasco, founder of Horizontec, said that the group’s discussions with the Guanajuato government are already well advanced.

“There is good progress in Guanajuato, where we already also spoke to the next governor. There is a lot of interest on the part of the state government for us to set up there. We have three possible options to lay the first stone,” he said.

Angelucci explained that the idea for the project is to have a private runway, a manufacturing plant, an aircraft maintenance center and a flying school for pilots, which could include future customers who purchase light planes manufactured at the new complex.

Guatemala welcomes heads of state for Ibero-American Summit

Just some few hours after the highest-level segment of the 26th Ibero-American Summit opened, Guatemala welcomes on Wednesday the first heads of State and Government, foreign ministers and delegations.

According to the agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, the first ones to arrive in Guatemala will be Antoni Marti Petit, Head of Government of Andorra; King of Spain, Felipe VI and President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez Perez-Castejon.

The Guatemalan authorities will also receive with all the honors the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto; Brazil’s Michel Temer; and Paraguay’s Mario Abdo Benitez.

The summit, to be run in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala on Nov. 15-16, will be an opportune moment so that the governors meet after an intense electoral activity and political changes in the region.

Since the last meeting held in Colombia in 2016, about 10 of 22 Ibero-American governments have undergone change, which is why analysts consider this meeting as a historical milestone due to the economic and social political situation surrounding its holding and the announced commitment to progress in the application of the 2030 Agenda.

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said on Tuesday that the final Declaration will include 19 resolutions focused on education, culture, cooperation, economy, tourism and South-South cooperation, among other issues addressed between 2016 and 2018, time in which the Central American country assumed the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Ibero-American Summit.

During those years, about 35 activities were carried out, among them, keynote speeches by Ministers of Justice, Economy and Tourism, Education, Labor and Social Security and Culture, as well as the First Meeting of Ibero-American High Authorities with Indigenous Peoples and the 3rd Ibero-American Forum on Migration.

All meetings paved the way to facilitate the Heads of State the approval of several documents on Friday, when Guatemala, after concluding its mandate, hands over the Secretariat to Andorra.

The 4th Meeting of National Coordinators and Responsible for Cooperation, will conclude on Wednesday, and participants opened the agenda of debate since Monday to give way to that of the foreign ministers.