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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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A little investment, a lot of COVID-19

Reported investment into Mexico has dropped way off during the COVID-19 era, but there was a glimmer over the past month.  Following the update on the pandemic situation in Mexico we provide some examples of economic activity:

COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 remains strong in Mexico however it has stabilized in some parts of the country.  Mexico currently is ranked 11th in the world among countries with the highest number of accumulated confirmed cases.  Local health officials’ methodology for allowing increased economic activity includes factors such as the rate of increase in the number of cases and the level of occupation of hospital beds.  On this basis, in the past week 18 states have advanced from red, the highest level of alert and restriction, to orange, the second highest.  Fourteen states remain at red, or maximum restriction of economic activities.  States at the orange level, including the capital city, may reopen retail businesses and restaurants at a limited level of capacity in stages during the first two weeks of July.  Offices for most businesses remain closed. Continue reading A little investment, a lot of COVID-19

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Solar power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power inaugurated a solar energy generation plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the company reported. The US$220 million facility is projected to have a maximum capacity of 238 Mw. (Reforma, May 24, 2018)
  • Pharmacies: Mexican pharmacy chain operator Farmacias del Ahorro plan to open 200 new stores this year, the company reported. Investment was not specified for the expansion, which is expected to focus on the four northwestern states of Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa and Colima. (Reforma, May 25, 2018)
  • Retail: Mexican department store chain Elektra projects it will open 90 stores in the country this year at a cost of approximately US$203 million. Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce, Elektra has opened 182 new physical sales locations over the past two years. (Forbes en Español, May 22, 2018)
  • Electricity: Mexican energy developer Rengen Energy Solutions plans investment of approximately US$400 million to build electricity generation plants for private industrial operations, the company reported. Plans in development include eight plants for industrial clusters seeking to take advantage of electricity generation by private producers now permitted under Mexico’s recent energy reform. (El Financiero, May 17, 2018)
  • Fuel storage: Private companies are currently undertaking construction of 48 new fuel storage terminals in Mexico via combined investment of approximately US$2.7 billion, Mexico’s Energy Ministry (Sener) reported. The new projects are projected to add 31 million barrels of storage capacity and extend inventories from three to 13 days by 2022. (El Financiero, May 17, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico