OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: 15 Mexican States 2009

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Despite macro-economic stability in recent years, Mexico still suffers from stagnant productivity growth. Mexico’s long-term competitiveness in a global context will require greater public and private action to spur innovation and economic growth in regions throughout the country. This report reviews how both national and state policies in Mexico can better support regional innovation systems and includes profiles of 15 states.

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The state of Colima is a small coastal state, the fourth smallest in the whole of Mexico, located in the Centre-West meso-region. It has the most active Pacific coast port of Mexico, Manzanillo, that with Colima City concentrate most of the state’s economic activity. It is well connected with other larger bordering states such as Jalisco and Michoacan. With a population of almost 578 000 inhabitants it is the second smallest state in Mexico in terms of population. The state is the tenth most dense, and has a relatively higher share of the population in urban areas. The state population is growing lower than the nation, at a rate of 0.8% from 2000-2005 versus 1.0% nationally. The state has somewhat higher education levels than the national average. 


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