By Adina Moloman
The Governor of Baja California Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan during a tour of economic promotion of Baja California region in several Asian countries met an important group of investors at the Samsung Digital City firm in Seoul, South Korea.
Presents at the reunion were also the Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, the Secretary of Economic Development Alejandro Mungaray Lagarda; the Secretary of Labor, Renato Sandoval Franco; Miguel del Villar, PROMÉXICO representative in Korea; Gerardo Hernández Molina, Baja California State government representative in Asia; the President of Deitac, David Mayagoitia Stone; among others.
During the reunion Hyunsuk Kim, Executive Vice President of Samsung mentioned the intention of opening a Samsung Center for Digital Research in Baja California during the year 2013.
This project is driven by a private initiative of the Samsung Digital City firm and the state government of Baja California. It has the support of Mexico Federal Government, CONACYT (Mexico’s Science and Technology Council) and also the Municipality of Tijuana where this new facility will be located.
The state initiative is to create economic development based on world-class knowledge, which will add competitiveness to the regional Maquiladora industry, by stimulating retention and attraction of high technology investments.
This center will promote development of technology and innovation for the Latin American market. Baja California was selected for this project based on its 25 years experience in television manufacture becoming the most important producer of televisions all over the world. Last year Samsung manufactured 12 millions televisions in Tijuana, estimating the production of 15 million televisions in 2012 with new LCD and Smart TV technology, they predict production of 17 million more in 20113.
Additionally, an invitation was sent to universities in Tijuana to become a part of this project. The universities are represented by the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) and Cetys University, which will provide the talent needed for the center. Baja California will promote innovation, research, development and technological support for the television industry in the region, having access to higher labor skills to generate more and better Tijuana manufacturing jobs.