Sentido Comun – Grupo Lala, the leading producer of dairy products in Mexico, plans to invest 125 million pesos ($7 million) to expand its operations and meet the increasing demand of consumers in western Mexico.
El Economista – In the next five years, $60 billion will be invested in the telecommunications and information technology, said Manuel Herrera Vega, president of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin).
By Arturo Angel and Victor Hugo Arteaga / Animal Politico
Officials close to the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, gave contracts to a network of ghost for the purchase of products to be used for vulnerable companies, but never reached their destination.
The procedure was simple: the start of the presidential term is selected PRI vote promoters are asked to provide signatures used to create new businesses. These companies were assigned a false tax domicile, that no authority reviews.
Once created, the companies were recorded as government suppliers, able to sell items from diapers to cement.
A small group of officials, close to the governor, ensured that contracts are awarded via direct awards or closed tenders. After getting the money, the companies closed.
Veracruz’s government used this same procedure over and over again, spending 645 million pesos ($34.9 million) between 2012 and 2013.
In those years, administration officials in Veracruz Javier Duarte signed 73 contracts for the purchase and distribution of goods which, on paper, would go to people in poverty, victims of natural disasters, children and elderly. But there is no evidence that they were delivered.
InsightCrime – A survey of citizens by Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies research center found 58 percent of respondents feel insecure where they live and that 68 percent believe they might become the victim of a crime.
Hindustan Times – An earthquake struck the southwestern coast of Mexico on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of major damages or injuries. The quake was centered 36 kilometres (22 miles) northwest of Arriaga in the southern state of Chiapas.
TeleSur – Canada and Mexico are considering participating in a UN peacekeeping operation to monitor the implementation of a pending peace treaty in Colombia that will put an end to an over half-century-old armed conflict.
Reuters – Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mexico rose 4.3 percent to $7.896 billion, a record high for the first quarter. The United States accounted for about 29 percent of the total, followed by Israel, Spain, Germany and South Korea.
Zocalo – Finance Undersecretary Fernando Galindo Favela said that given the scarcity of resources because of lower oil prices, all federal programs will be reviewed and the 2017 budget will be more austere.
El Siglo de Torreon – After 50 years in the market, Alsea will seek to give a new flavor to Vip’s renewing its image, menu and concept, in addition to reactivate its expansion plan with the opening of five to 10 restaurants over the next 18 months.
Terra – Adam Aguilar, an actor from TV Azteca, died last weekend when a thief stabbed him on the streets of Mexico City. An effort has been organized in social networks for collecting money for funeral expenses and the transfer of the body to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, his hometown.
AP – A total of six men were killed early Sunday in shootings at two nightclubs in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Three gunmen opened fire from the deejay’s booth at four men sitting at a table in the La Madame club, killing them all. In the other incident, two men died in a gunfight with law enforcement officers at a club in the Veracruz city of Orizaba.
UPI – Mexican authorities began to exhume the bodies of about 116 people believed to be victims of drug cartel and gang violence who were killed between 2010 and 2013 and buried in a mass grave in Morelos.
Aviation Week – Across, Mexico’s premium business aviation services provider, will buy a mixed fleet of 23 Embraer business aircraft with an estimated value of over $260 million at current list price.
Automotive News – The next president of Nissan Mexicana, 39-year-old Mayra Gonzalez, is as proud of her brand as she is of her country. She says she sees Mexico’s role in the auto industry as much more than an export platform.
Business Insider – The Mexican Foreign Ministry has approved the extradition of jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the US to face charges including drug trafficking, homicide, and money laundering in Texas and California.
Coming after two rulings by two Mexican judges, the ministry’s decision effectively clears the way for Guzmán’s transport to a US courtroom. But, as US experts and Guzmán’s own lawyers have said, the kingpin still has means to fight his transfer.
Reuters – Mexican retail sales rose in March from February, growing at their fastest pace since January, the national statistics agency said on Monday, a sign of stronger consumption in Latin America’s No. 2 economy.
Design Boom – In the Mexican city of Puebla, acclaimed Japanese architect Toyo Ito has designed a museum dedicated to baroque art. The Museo Internacional del Barroco, or simply the MIB, occupies a prominent UNESCO world heritage site in the country’s fourth largest city.
By Nancy Caouette / Anadolu Agency
The parents of 43 missing students on Thursday held a two-hour meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu in which they agreed to a path forward with an investigation.
Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer for the relatives of the students who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, told reporters that the meeting was “good and productive.”
“We agreed on defining a mechanism whose priorities will be the victims and the clarification of the facts,” Ruiz Massieu said via Twitter.
That mechanism will be defined later this month in Washington at a meeting between representatives of the parents and experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) that investigated the case.
“We found several concordances between the federal government’s positions and the positions we want to present in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,” Vudulfo Rosales said.
In addition, independent experts of the IACHR, who left Mexico last month after presenting their final report on the case, will make periodic visits to Mexico to ensure a special follow-up on the official investigation.
BBC – “Machismo has to die,” chanted protesters as they walked through the centre of Mexico City last month. Thousands of people came out onto the streets to say enough was enough. The macho culture is all pervasive in Mexico and many of those at the march think its emphasis on male pride is a contributing factor in the high rates of violence against women that Mexico is experiencing.
CNS – Mexico’s government faces the lowest level of public confidence seen in nearly a generation, with 61 percent of respondents in a recent poll saying the country is headed in the wrong direction.Polling experts say the problem extends well beyond the presidency to the country’s governors. Public concern with corruption is the highest seen in 11 years, according to the Mexican polling firm, Consulta Mitofsky.