TEGUCIGALPA – Mexican researcher Mateo Crossa Niell presented his new book on the role of maquiladoras – plants where goods are assembled for export – in perpetuating underdevelopment in Honduras.
He discussed the findings of “Honduras: maquilando subdesarrollo en la mundilizacion” (Honduras: Assembling Underdevelopment in Globalization) during an event at the National Autonomous University of Honduras.
Crossa Niell told EFE that when he came to Honduras in 2013 to do research for the book he realized the issue was “far more complex” than he originally thought.
The maquila sector, which employs some 120,000 mainly women workers at low wages and under often harsh conditions, is “a substantive part of the national economy,” he said.
Nearly three decades of neoliberal policies and a development strategy “oriented toward monopoly capital” have established “an economic dynamic based on inequality and exclusion,” Crossa Niell said.
In practice, he said, the emphasis on maquiladoras “means the wrenching of the economy toward foreign markets at the cost of pauperizing the national economy.”