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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

Mexico passes new fintech law as sector surges

On March 9, 2018 the Mexican government published a new financial technology law, called the Law to Regulate Financial Technology Institutions (Ley para Regular las Instituciones de Tecnología Financiera, or Ley Fintech).  The text of the law states up front that’s its goal is to “regulate the financial services provided by financial technology institutions, as well as their organization, operation and functioning and the financial services subject to any special regulation that are offered or carried out by innovative means.”  Conventional banks in Mexico have long been regulated of course but the recent surge in new technologies and tech startups in the financial sector has been making both regulators and old-school bankers jumpy.  This, then, is a first stab at setting up a basic regulatory environment for the new wave of mostly internet-based access and transaction platforms and products.  Continue reading Mexico passes new fintech law as sector surges