On Monday morning at the offices of the Ministry of Tourism, a press conference was held in which it was announced that Mazatlan’s candidacy for being part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network must be postponed until 2021
The press conference was preceded by Papik Ramírez, Director of the Sinaloan Instituto de Cultura; Marsol Quiñonez Castro, Director of the Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlán; David González Torrentera, Secretary of Economic Development and Tourism of Mazatlán; Cecilia Sánchez Duarte, Delegate of the South Zone of ISIC; Silvia Ruiz Coppel, Undersecretary of Tourism Promotion and Operation of the State Secretary of Tourism, and Fernando Alarriba, co-responsible for the development of the Mazatlan City Creative Record.
The news was made known by Papik Ramírez, who pointed out that according to the CONALMEX (Mexican Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO) the Mazatlán candidacy suffers from some elements for the realization of a project with a high social impact such as Creative Cities: disarticulation between the productive sectors related to the field of gastronomy, lack of support from the city related to sustainability and lack of visibility and support for traditional kitchens.
On the other hand, maesta Cecilia Sánchez Duarte stressed that this work process has highlighted the potential that Mazatlan already has in the field of gastronomy and other creative fields, and this was possible thanks to national and international meetings that were carried out over eight months of work.
Finally, it was noted that both the Government of the State of Sinaloa and the City of Mazatlan had an annual budget allocated, in case the city would be favored with the candidacy for this 2019. It was also noted that measures will be taken to define a new project that allows working on the weak points of the candidacy and workig to achieve short-term results that strengthen a future application.