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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

COVID-19

Mexico has suffered something of a setback in its emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past month.  On the epidemiological traffic light system, Mexico City had reached green, or mild restrictions, as the beginning of the month only to return to the higher restrictions of the yellow level following the June 6 national elections.  The number of states at the orange or significant restriction level rose from one to five during the month, with reported increases in COVID cases particularly in tourist zones such as the Riviera Maya (Cancun), Yucatan and Baja California.  No PCR test or quarantine is required to enter Mexico for travelers arriving by air.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Same-store retail sales jumped 33.9% in May with respect to the same month last year, the National Retailers Association (ANTAD) reported. The size of the increase is due largely to the plunge in sales in May 2020 resulting from the initial COVID-19 lockdowns. (Reforma, June 11, 2021)
  • Mexico’s central bank Banco de México (Banxico) raised its projection of GDP growth to 6.0% for the current year, up from a previous estimate of 4.8%. The improved outlook is based on advances in COVID-19 vaccination, strong demand for exports and better than expected first quarter growth. (Citibanamex Reporte Económico Diario, June 3, 2021)
  • Remittances to Mexico from abroad through the first four months of the year are running 19.1% ahead of the same period last year, central bank Banco de México (Banxico) reported. Remittances are on track to post their strongest annual growth since 2005. (Milenio, June 1, 2021)

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Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet

Mexico continues to struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, with over 400,000 accumulated cases and 46,000 deaths.  Mexico City remains at orange, the second highest level of alert under the national traffic light system for establishing economic and mobility restrictions, and the rest of the country’s 32 states are at either red, the highest alert level, or orange.  The level of business activity remains substantially reduced with respect to pre-COVID levels and no significant improvement is foreseeable in the near term. Continue reading Mexican economy not 100% dead just yet

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food processing: Guatemalan food processor Alimentos Idealsa plans to establish four processing plants in the southern state of Chiapas, the Chiapas state government reported. The company’s Mexican subsidiary Naisa Aceitera de la Selva is expected to produce edible oils at the US$105 million complex. (Cuarto Poder de Chiapas, December 23, 2019)
  • Leisure: Mexican cinema operator Cinemex plans to open seven new locations of its Alboa entertainment centers via investment of approximately US$26 million, the company reported. Alboa combines bowling lanes, live music venues and food and cocktails. (El Financiero, December 18, 2019)
  • Airports: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) reported plans to invest approximately US$1.2 billion over the next five years to expand and upgrade airport infrastructure. Projects include a new terminal for the Gudalajara airport, a new terminal building in Puerto Vallarta, a passenger processing facility in Tijuana and upgrades to two passenger terminals and possibly a new runway in Los Cabos.  (Reforma, December 13, 2019)
  • Pharmaceutical: French pharmaceutical multinational Sanofi reported investment plans totaling approximately US$77 million through 2023. Resources will support clinical studies and the expansion of a vaccination production plant in the Mexico City area. (El Financiero, December 11, 2019)
  • Natural gas: Mexican natural gas infrastructure operator Fermaca inaugurated a gas pipeline linking southern Texas to the central state of Aguascalientes, local media reported. The US$740 million mega-project has capacity to transport 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas per day. (Natural Gas Intelligence, December 11, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico