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Slow December as restrictions tighten

Mexico City returned to red last month on the epidemiological traffic light system, indicating saturation of hospital beds and the highest degree of restrictions on business activity and movement.  The rate of increase in cases of COVID-19 is uneven across the country’s 32 states however overall the spread of the virus continues to increase rather than to decrease.  Despite this, many coastal tourism zones remain in operation and received a substantial number of visitors from within Mexico as well as from the United States during the year-end holiday period.  Mexico has begun to receive and distribute the U.S.-developed Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and plans to begin importing the Chinese CanSino vaccine in January. Continue reading Slow December as restrictions tighten

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:

  • Biogas: Mexican waste management firm Promotora Ambiental (PASA) inaugurated a biogas-powered electricity generation plant in the central state of Guanajuato, the state government reported. The site will draw on biomass from the municipal waste disposal site of the state capital of León. (El Heraldo de Léon, October 25, 2019)
  • Coffee: Swiss processed foods giant Nestlé announced it will expand its new coffee processing plant currently under construction in the eastern Gulf state of Veracruz, via additional investment of approximately US$46 million. The company plans to acquire more equipment than originally projected for the processing of up to 20,000 tons of green coffee beans per year. (Reforma, October 23, 2019)
  • Tourism: Mexican adventure park operator Grupo Xcaret reported plans to invest approximately US$400 million through 2027 in the country’s southeastern coastal tourism region. Projects include sustainably constructed hotels and a new ecologically themed amusement park. (El Financiero, October 21, 2019)
  • Food processing: Processed foods producer Qualtia Lacteos, subsidiary of Mexican diversified industrial conglomerate Grupo Xignux, will establish a new cheese factory in the central state of Querétaro at an approximate cost of US$15 million, the company reported. The 30,000 square foot plant is projected to enter into operation in 2020. (Reforma, October 17, 2019)
  • Cement: Swiss building materials multinational Holcim announced it will construct a new production plant in the southeastern state of Yucatan. The US$40 million site is planned to produce 650,000 tons of cement annually. (El Financiero, October 18, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico