Bloomberg – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has joined four banks to manage the sale of as much as $6 billion in bonds to fund Mexico City’s new airport, with the first dollar debt likely to come in 2016’s second half.
Sentido Comun – GBM Infrastructure, a fund specialized in supporting infrastructure investment projects, plans to invest in Ecatepec highway Naucalpan, owned by Empresas ICA, Mexico’s largest construction company.
Financial Post – The Caisse de depot says it will invest $1.43 billion on infrastructure projects in Mexico after teaming with a newly created consortium that manages 62 per cent of that country’s pension fund assets.
Sentido Comun – The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation lunched the first package of tenders for the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport.
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Over the past decade, Mexico’s manufacturing output has steadily increased, especially in the automotive, auto parts and electronic sectors.
And yet Mexico currently ranks 64 of 148 countries in terms of infrastructure, according to the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum. Economists agree that Mexico’s prospects for becoming a truly industrial economy will remain limited unless the country accelerates its construction of the roads, railroads, ports, energy plants and other physical infrastructure essential in any modern industrial economy.
According to Barbara Kotschwar, research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington: “Now is the moment for Mexico to get serious about its infrastructure . Latin America is woefully underfunded in terms of its infrastructure, and studies cite its infrastructure weakness as a major reason for Latin American underdevelopment.”
With that goal in mind, the Mexican government last year published its National Infrastructure Program for 2014-2018, a comprehensive array of projects that would cost the public and private sectors a combined total of about $600 billion. Under the umbrella of the program, Mexico expects to upgrade not only its transportation sector, but also its communications networks, along with its energy sector — including power, oil and gas — water; health care; urban development and housing, and the infrastructure for tourism.
What are the prospects that implementation of the program might wind up falling short of its ambitious goals? Observers note that with oil prices continuing to weaken, Mexico’s public sector may not be able to adequately fund key elements of the program. Also, they question whether the country has the organizational capacity to pull off such an ambitious plan.
The News Tribune – Ceremonies are planned Tuesday in Brownsville to mark the first new international rail crossing between the U.S. and Mexico since 1910. The crossing will connect Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico.
Sentido Comun – Mexico’s agriculture ministry approved 129.2 million pesos ($7.8 million) for 85 basic infrastructure projects in rural communities with a population of under 2,500 inhabitants.
AP – In the weeks leading up to Thursday’s first debate of the U.S. 2016 presidential race, Republican candidates have sought to distinguish themselves from each other with ever-tougher positions on border security and illegal immigration, claiming current measures are failing.
And yet by many standards, the situation is not nearly as urgent as it was during last summer’s crisis and has improved steadily and markedly in some respects over the past decade or so — partly because of actions taken by the U.S. government, but also because of factors beyond Washington’s control.
El Siglo de Torreon – Mexicans trying to download or stream series and movies online at home encountered problems 71 percent of the time, said the Consumer Index 2015 Arris Entertainment.
PRNewswire – Sempra Energy’s Mexican unit Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova) has been awarded a $108 million natural gas transportation contract in Chihuahua by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).
Railway Gazette – A consortium of Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, its subsidiary Desarollo de Terracerias and Spanish firm Proacon has been selected to build an extension of Mexico City metro Line 12.
By Alan M. Field / JOC
As Mexico’s manufacturing output has increased steadily over the last decade, so has the throughput of its major ports along the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean.
In 2014, Mexico handled more than 5.7 million 20-foot-equivalent container units a year, behind only Brazil and Panama in Latin America, and 10 times more than it handled in the first full year of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1995.
It’s no mystery why container volumes have been growing at such a spectacular rate: Mexico has made expansion of its automotive sector a cornerstone of its ambitious plans to transform its country into a global industrial powerhouse.
Over the past few years, Toyota, Daimler and other automakers have invested, or promised to invest, a combined $22.6 billion in plants for assembling vehicles, containerized automotive parts and electronics products.
To keep pace with that growth, Mexico’s federal government in April announced it is investing $5 billion in its network of 117 ports, including the construction of four new terminals in Veracruz, where container throughput is expected to approach 900,000 TEUs this year, up from just 540,000 TEUs in 2001.
The new investments reflect Mexico’s “conviction that a system of total distribution, with each logistical chain of a high level, both within the country and beyond our borders, is the best way of functioning,” said Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, coordinator of Mexico’s agency for ports and merchant marine.
Latin Post – Having to now square off against a former ally, AT&T is reportedly hammering out a deal to rent wireless towers in Mexico from American Movil spin-off company Telesites. AT&T would gain access to around 11,000 wireless towers.
By Nacha Cattan and Benjamin Bain / Bloomberg
Carmakers from Nissan Motor Co. to Mazda Motor Corp. are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad. Yet some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation’s ports.
The government has targeted 70 billion pesos ($4.6 billion) for port infrastructure through 2018, including building four new terminals in Veracruz. Some automakers are skeptical that the goal will be met or will be enough to handle the more than 5 million vehicles Mexico expects to produce annually by 2020, a 56 percent increase from the country’s 2014 output.
In the past two-and-a-half years, car manufacturers including Toyota Motor Corp. and Daimler AG, have invested or promised $22.6 billion for auto and parts plants, according to the government. That success story, which made the sector the largest source of foreign cash in the country, may be imperiled if the government doesn’t speed up plans for infrastructure improvements.
“Up until now, Mexico has succeeded in attracting more investments,” said Carlos Serrano, chief economist for BBVA Bancomer, Mexico’s biggest bank by loans outstanding. “But there’s going to come a point, when if infrastructure doesn’t get better, it’s going to put Mexico’s continued advance at risk.”
Sentido Comun – Petroleos Mexicanos announced that the construction of 22 vessels progresses after its and the Navy’s engineers reviewed the progress of the program. Pemex plans to spend 3,400 million pesos ($223.4 million) to build the boats.
Sentido Comun -The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), said it has reduced downtime per user of electricity in the Valle de Mexico by 87.5 percent in the last four years, from 440 minutes in 2010 to 55 minutes in 2014.
Deutsche Welle – Almost half a million people in Mexico’s Tabasco state are still without water, after an oil spill caused by trespassers contaminated local drinking water. Local authorities are scrambling to clean up waterways, reopen water processing plants and distribute bottled water.
Sentido Comun – Road repairs in Guerrero is 99.9 percent completed under the Plan Nuevo Guerrero, a program to rehabilitate roads affected by the hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel in 2013.
Business News America – ONEOK Partners entered into a joint venture with a subsidiary of Fermaca to build a pipeline to transport natural gas to Mexico from the Permian basin in Texas.
Reuters – Mexico is trying to get Chinese state-run companies involved in the construction of a new $11 billion airport as it seeks to make up for a tainted rail tender that soured relations with Beijing, a source with knowledge of the government plan said.