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COP26 and the calvary of Marcelo Ebrard

Back in 2003 or so, we attended a meeting of local business executives here in Mexico City and listened while they ranted and wrung their hands over the prospect of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) someday becoming president. In our turn to speak we downplayed the alarm level, suggesting that if AMLO were ever to reach the presidency he would turn out to be more pragmatic in pursuing his agenda at the national level. Our opinion was rejected, to say the least, by the meeting attendees. Well, fast forward 18 years or so, and it turns out we were so wrong about AMLO we really ought to be fined and imprisoned for how wrong we were. Since the day he was elected, AMLO burst forth unleashed with the ether bottle in one hand and a scepter in the other, waging unconditional campaigns against the private sector, foreign imperialists, NGOs, science, academia, wind farms, women and a long list of other personal bogeythings. The range of active fronts in his war on sense is vast, and today we would like to offer some comments on the upcoming COP26 climate change conference and how it provides an example of Mexico’s free fall in the opposite direction of sound public policy. Continue reading COP26 and the calvary of Marcelo Ebrard

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Recycling: Mexican beverage bottler and retail group Fomento Económico Mexicano (FEMSA) inaugurated a US$1 million recycling plant in the central state of Querétaro, local media reported. The facility will be used to break down obsolete refrigeration equipment to re-use components as well as dispose of materials in an environmentally responsible manner. (El Mexicano, November 28, 2019)
  • Ports: British-owned port developer Caxxor reported plans to invest approximately US$230 million in expansions at the Port of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. The initiative is part of a larger US$944 million program that includes dock and warehousing upgrades to Puerto Chiapas and a gas storage terminal at the port of Soto la Marina, according to local media. (Transporte.mx, November 19, 2019)
  • Manufacturing: U.S. generator manufacturer Generac Power Systems will establish a new production facility in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The US$31 million plant is planned to produce diesel and gasoline powered mobile electricity generators. (El Financiero, November 25, 2019)
  • Renewable energy: Mexican energy infrastructure developer Natco energy announced it will build three wind farms and one solar generation park over the next two years. Investment of approximately US$634 million will support construction of 508 MW of new generation capacity at sites in the states of Nuevo León and Guanajuato. (Reforma, November 20, 2019)
  • Medical devices: German medical device manufacturer B Braun established a new distribution center in the central State of Mexico, the company reported. The US$5.6 million site is planned to improve shipping of osteosynthesis instruments produced at the company’s plant in the city of Toluca. (Reforma, November 21, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Renewable energy: Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) announced a joint investment with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to install renewable energy technologies in Mexico City’s Central de Abasto food distribution center. Projects include the installation of PV solar panels, a biogas-driven electricity generation plant to recycle organic waste and a biodiesel processing facility to convert used cooking oil into automotive diesel. (La Jornada, May 27, 2019)
  • Wind power: Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power inaugurated a wind energy park in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the company reported. The US$150 million, 103 Mw site is planned to supply clean power to the national Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for 15 years. (El Financiero, May 21, 2019)
  • Industrial parks: Mexican industrial real estate developer Vesta inaugurated a new industrial park for the automotive industry in the northeastern state of San Luís Potosí. The company plans to add an additional 11 industrial buildings to the site over the next five years at an estimated cost of US$90 million. (Reforma, May 16, 2019)
  • Airlines: Mexican passenger air carrier Aeromexico announced an investment program of US$3 billion over the next six years. The airline plans to acquire 90 new aircraft as well as equipment  and motors, among other upgrades. (Reforma, May 15, 2019)
  • Food processing: U.S.-based food and beverage multinational Pepsico announced US$4 billion in investment plans for Mexico operations through 2020. Projects include a new savory snacks plant in the central state of Guanajuato as well as upgrades in areas such as infrastructure, sustainability programs and community development. (Reforma, May 7, 2019) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico