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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Canadian rail operator Canadian Pacific Railway reached agreement to acquire U.S.-owned carrier Kansas City Southern in a widely reported deal. The acquisition will create the first direct freight railway linking the three members of the USMCA North American free trade zone. (Reuters, September 15, 2021)
  • The Mexican subsidiary of Spanish bank BBVA raised its growth projection for the Mexican construction industry to 9% in 2021. BBVA Mexico’s head economist underscored however that the strong growth comes with respect to the sharp downturn in 2020 and should not be interpreted as full recovery for the sector. (Milenio, September 13, 2021)
  • Mexico became the world’s eighth largest exporter of food and agriculture products in 2020, the World Trade Organization reported. The country’s US$41 billion in agri-food exports were led by products such as beer, avocados, tequila, tomatoes and peppers. (El Economista, September 2, 2021). (La Jornada, August 18, 2021)

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Baja California is still great

A few years ago, we posted in this space about a visit to Baja California Sur, one of Mexico’s most remote states.  We love Baja California and Baja California Sur and had the good fortune to visit the southern tip of the peninsula again recently for a couple weeks, and we are happy to report that Baja is still great.  After nearly two years of COVID-19 pandemic, our previous visit seems long ago and far away, and the travel industry has taken a beating in recent times.  But people need to work and get on with their lives, so we were happy to see that folks were doing just that and it appears that Baja California Sur is actually prospering against all odds. Here are a few thoughts on what we observed in August and September of 2021. Continue reading Baja California is still great

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

COVID-19

The accelerated contagion of COVID-19 continued to worsen during August, with seven states now classified as red (highest alert) on the national epidemiological traffic light system and 17 states at orange, the second highest level of alert.  The country is currently reporting approximately 6,000 new cases per day nationwide, however this is down from over 20,000 per day earlier in the month.  Health Ministry authorities have reported that at least 17 states are beginning to register declines in the number of new cases, raising hopes that the third wave is beginning to ease.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Through the first six months of 2021, remittances to Mexico from abroad became the country’s single largest source of foreign currency, according to data from central bank Banco de México (Banxico). The US$23.6 billion in remittances during the period exceeded the value of other key income categories such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), petroleum exports and tourism. (La Jornada, August 18, 2021)
  • The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) reported the number of formal jobs registered nationwide in the system reached a historic high in July. The number of part-time jobs declined, indicating that the recent reform to reduce the outsourcing of employment is driving companies to bring formerly independent workers on staff. (Reforma, August 13, 2021)
  • Income from international tourism in Mexico in June exceeded that of June 2019 by 4%, demonstrating significant recovery of Mexico’s tourism industry despite the ongoing pandemic, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INEGI). The number of international tourists arriving in the country jumped 211% from June 2020, due to business shutdowns last year. (Citibanamex Reporte Económico Diario, August 11, 2021)

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