Trade & Investment
Fuel Fix - The opening of Mexico’s energy market could bring in as much as $35 billion in outside investment for the country’s oil and gas plays, a Mexican oil executive said, boosting capital from $25 billion to $60 billion.
Bloomberg - The Mexican Senate will probably abandon an attempt by the lower house of Congress to force the nation’s two largest railroads to open up their networks, according to Kansas City Southern.
Japan Times - Steel-maker Kobe Steel Ltd. and its trading affiliate Shinsho Corp. said Monday they have agreed with three other companies to consider setting up a joint venture in Mexico to process steel wire rod into steel wire of cold heading quality used to make auto parts.
Reuters - U.S. and Chinese rail companies have expressed interest in the Mexican rail freight market if a bill that seeks to open up the sector to more companies is approved, the head of the lower house of Congress' transport commission said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Foreign investor inflows to Mexican stocks and bonds picked up slightly in the fourth quarter, helping Mexico narrow its current account balance of payments deficit, a central bank report showed on Tuesday.
EFE - Spain's secretary of state for Trade arrived Tuesday in Mexico to meet with high government officials and business leaders to agree upon the subjects to be discussed at the next meeting of the Mexico-Spain Binational Commission.
Apparel - Chico's FAS, Inc. is launching the Chico's brand in Mexico through an exclusive franchise with El Puerto de Liverpool. The Chico's brand expansion in Mexico will begin with a stand-alone boutique opening at Perisur Mall, Mexico City in spring 2014.
Reuters - Mexico is attracting foreign investment thanks to its growth-enhancing reforms, the country's finance minister said on Monday, adding that market volatility would subside once investors focus on the economy's good fundamentals.
Reuters - Pepsico, Nestle and Cisco on Friday announced major investments that together totaled more than $7 billion in Mexico, where the government has pushed through a series of economic reforms that aim to boost foreign investment and growth.
Capital Press - A National Potato Council official reported progress in his industry’s efforts to both include fresh, white potatoes in the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and to open all of Mexico to fresh U.S. spud imports.