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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

COVID-19

Mexico’s COVID-19 indicators have generally improved over the past month.  The number of new cases per day has declined steadily compared to January, and the national rate of hospital bed occupation is down to 40%.  Bed occupation is higher in the Mexico City area at 60%, however this is an improvement over the peaks of 90% reached in January.  Mexico’s vaccination campaign is gaining speed after a poorly executed launch, however the number of vaccinations administered lags behind the average rate of most developed countries. (Data taken from Citibanamex Monitoreo de COVID-19, February 25, 2021)

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY

  • Retail sales in Mexico contracted 9.3% in 2020 with respect to the previous year, reaching their lowest level since 2014, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INEGI). The only subsectors posting positive growth were online and catalog sales (52%) and health-related products (6%). (El Economista, February 25, 2021)
  • Mexico’s construction industry was hit hard by the economic slowdown in 2020, contracting 17.5% on the year, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INEGI). The drop-off is the steepest for the industry since 1995. (Reforma, February 12, 2021)
  • Remittances from abroad to Mexico represented 3.8% of the country’s GDP in 2020, a record high. The total value of remittances to Mexico grew by over 10% last year with respect to the previous year. (El Economista, February 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:

  • Petroleum: Netherlands-based oil company Royal Dutch Shell is projecting investment of approximately US$800 million in Mexico oil exploration operations, the company reported. Separately, Spanish oil company Repsol reported plans to invest US$330 million in deep-water exploration off Mexico’s Gulf coast. (Reforma, June 17 and 19, 2019)
  • Banks: Spanish bank BBVA plans investment of approximately US$3.3 billion through 2024 in Mexico banking operations, the company reported. Resources will support replacement of automatic teller machines (ATMs), renovation of branches and efforts to extend services to unbanked or underbanked sectors. (El Sol de México, June 11, 2019)
  • Optical equipment: German precision device manufacturer Carl Zeiss announced a US$41 million expansion of its plant in the northwestern border city of Tijuana. The upgrade will add two production lines in support of the company’s PhotoFusion vision products operations. (Siglo21 Periódico Industrial, June 18, 2019)
  • Coatings: Mexican steel maker Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) and Korean machinery manufacturer Paco Engineering announced an alliance to establish a coatings plant in the northern state of Coahuila. The US$20 million facility is expected to provide painting of galvanized steel sheeting for construction and appliance manufacturing applications. (Reforma, June 11, 2019)
  • Solar power: Chilean green power developer Atlas Renewable Energy inaugurated its first project in Mexico, the Guajiro solar park in the central state of Hidalgo. The US$100 million site, which is planned to have installed capacity of 129 MW, will supply electricity to Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission. (Reforma, June 11, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico