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Foreign Ministry says Tesla Gigafactory could create as many as 6,000 new jobs

Santa Catarina, Nuevo León — Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations says the new Tesla Gigafactory could create as many as 6,000 jobs. On Thursday, a day after Elon Musk announced his intention to build the factory in Mexico, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard said the $5 billion USD plant could generate between 5,000 and 6,000 jobs.

On March 1, Elon Musk made the official announcement to build a Tesla Gigafactory in Santa Catarina, outside of the city of Monterrey.

Ebrard said that this investment is part of the Electromobility Strategy that the Mexican Foreign Ministry promoted to move toward environmental sustainability.

On behalf of Marcelo Ebrard, the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Martha Delgado, attended the Tesla Motors Investor’s Day 2023, which took place in Austin, Texas.

During the event, Elon Musk confirmed that his next Gigafactory will be established in Mexico, precisely in the municipality of Santa Catarina, Nuevo León.

Musk announced that a respective inauguration ceremony will be held for the opening, highlighting that this factory will be complementary to the other factories that the company has located not only in the United States, but in other countries, such as China and Germany, thus contributing to the ecosystem that the company has for the production of electric cars, among other clean energy storage technologies.

This announcement specifies a process of accompaniment and coordination that took 14 months of work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ebrard said that since 2021, there was a first approach between representatives of the Government of Mexico and Tesla Motors.

Subsequently, in February 2022, after an initial meeting with Tesla’s Director of Public Policy, Rohan Patel, the automotive company expressed its first formal interest in exploring options for building an electric car assembly plant in the national territory.

Since then, the Undersecretariat for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights through the General Directorate of Global Economic Impulse, has maintained contact with the firm to carry out the negotiations regarding the installation of Tesla in Mexico.