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What role does maquiladora play in the development of a country Why is this phenomenon seen as a new phase in capitalist development Is this a reasonable claim The role that the maquila plays in the development of a country is an interesting topic to discuss To understand the role that maquiladoras play one must first gain an understanding of the original purpose of the maquila Then by studying the evolution of the maquiladora to a big manufacturing base one may have a better understanding of how this type of firm may lead to the development of the host country In the first section I will discuss the origination and development of the maquiladoras In section two I will provide the opinions of some economists and their insights as to how the maquiladora has affected developing countries The third section deals with capitalism and how maquiladoras play a role in the development of a capitalist economy In section four I will discuss my opinions on the arguments that I have presented The final section will include some concluding remarks Now let us familiarize ourselves with the maquiladora The word maquiladora is derived from the Spanish verb maquilar which means to mill wheat into flour Farmers would mill wheat into portions and then give a portion to the miller this portion was called a maquila As time passed the word maquila became associated with manufacturing assembly and packaging processes that were carried out by someone that was not the original manufacturer In todays economic world the word maquiladora stands for a special type of company in Mexico Maquila Overview 1 The component that makes the maquiladora different from any other manufacturing plant is that they are allowed to import raw materials equipment and parts needed for assembly and export the finished good to the United States on a duty free basis Maquilas 1 The first maquiladoras were built in 1966 in Baja California and Cuidad Juarez
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