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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) is projecting investment of approximately US$600 million in operational upgrades over the next five years, the company reported. Projects include a 50% expansion of capacity at the Monterrey airport as well as construction of a regional air traffic control center. (Reforma, February 28, 2022)
  • E-commerce: Argentinian e-commerce portal MercadoLibre reported plans for investment in excess of US$1 billion this year in Mexico operations. Areas slated for upgrades and expansion include technology innovation, logistics operations and extension of financial services to underserved populations. (Reforma, February 24, 2022)
  • Call centers: Mexican contact center operator Pentafon plans US$4 million in investment this year to support sales growth projected at 35%, the company reported. Resources will support automation, infrastructure upgrades and artificial intelligence technology, among other areas. (Reforma, February 23, 2022)
  • Telecommunications: Mexican telecommunications infrastructure company Neutral Networks reported plans to install some 800 miles (1,300 km) of fiber optic cable through northern Mexico over the next three years. The US$62 million project is expected to stretch from Laredo, Texas to Mexico City and provide connectivity to operators and service providers for the manufacturing, trade and financial services sectors. (MSN, February 15, 2022)
  • Steel: Steel producer Ternium, subsidiary of Italian-Argentinian steel and energy conglomerate Techint, will invest approximately US$50 million to expand its plant in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, the Mexican government reported. The facility supplies steel products to regional industry including the automotive sector. (Forbes, February 15, 2022)

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Mexico goes all-in on refining

Mexico’s state-owned national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) announced earlier this year that it plans to significantly reduce crude petroleum exports in 2022 and phase out crude exports altogether by the end of 2023. The news was reported widely in domestic and international media. We have criticized President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in this space, but in fairness we must acknowledge that he is clearly not afraid to launch bold and decisive new public policy initiatives, for better or worse. We continue to question, however, whether many of them are a good idea. Continue reading Mexico goes all-in on refining

Mexico facing three more years of torpor under AMLO

As 2021 draws to a close and the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) reaches its halfway point, the president has achieved at least one of his principal objectives: He is the only topic in Mexico.  In Trumpian fashion, AMLO has extinguished any hope that anything constructive will be accomplished during his reign, and all subjects now revolve around him.  ‘AMLO is a catastrophe, we are doomed!’  ‘AMLO is a saint, we are delivered!’  And on a more mundane level, will AMLO let anyone do business in this country, other than his protected devotees (who are making bank while the going is good)?  He has become a political Santa Claus, who knows who’s been naughty (the private sector) and who’s been nice (the military and anyone professing blind fealty to him), and he will continue to stuff the stockings of the nice with gifties like newly-created public enterprises and juicy no-tender contracts, while the coal will keep coming for the naughty.   Continue reading Mexico facing three more years of torpor under AMLO