Investment Opportunities in Mexico

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Protection of Foreign Investment

Bilateral Investment Conventions Signed By Mexico
Mexico counts with 24 Promotional and Reciprocal Protection Agreements for the Investments with Different States
International Controversies Registered By UNCTAD
Some cases have been registered, mainly on the real estate sector on areas of tourism in the state of Yucatan. Consult the dispute settlement proceeding.
Organizations Offering Their Assistance in Case of Disagreement
ICCMEX , International Chamber of Commerce in Mexico
Member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Mexico is in process of being accepted.

Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

  Mexico Latin America & Caribbean United States Germany
Index of Transaction Transparency* 8.0 4.1 7.0 5.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 5.0 5.3 9.0 5.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 5.0 6.0 9.0 5.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 6.0 5.1 8.3 5.0

Source: Doing Business

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

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Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
Acquisition of Holdings
Having a majority of capital holdings in a Mexican corporation is legal, except in certain sectors.
Obligation to Declare
To find out the total to be declared consult General Direction of Foreign Investments
Competent Organization For the Declaration
General Direction of Foreign Investment
Find Investment Service Providers in Mexico on

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Office Real Estate and Land Ownership

The Possibility of Buying Land and Industrial and Commercial Buildings
Risk of Expropriation
Foreign investors have a right to a compensation if they are victims of expropriation for public means.

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Investment Aid

Privileged Geographical Zones
The fiscal incentives have been eliminated in light of fiscal reforms. In spite of this, the Mexican states compete strongly to attract foreign investments by developing programs to draw industries that allow:

 - Reduced prices to purchase real estate.

- Training programs for employees.

- Reductions in payment of taxes.

Free Zones
There are two free trade zones in San Luis Potosi. The "maquiladora" (assembly factories) zone as well as the bonded warehouses and bonded zones (in customs) which are free trading posts to perform activities such as manufacturing, repairing, distribution and sales of merchandise.
Organizations Which Finance
Nacional FinancieraBanca de Desarrollo,  Bancomext.

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Investment Opportunities

The Key Sectors of the National Economy
Auto parts, machinery, equipment, chemicals and financial and insurance services.
High Potential Sectors
Post-sales service for the automotive sector (repairs, maintenance, sales of parts and accessories), electronics, distribution chains, food, beverage and tobacco products, professional technical services specialized and personalized.
Privatization Programs
In the real estate sector (particularly for the construction projects of low-cost housing), airports and some refineries.
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Compranet, Public Procurements
Tenders Info, Tenders in Mexico
Compranet, Tenders
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide

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Sectors Where Investment Opportunities Are Fewer

Monopolistic Sectors
Distribution and transportation of liquefied petroleum gas. Generation, distribution and commercialization of electricity.
For more information, consult the Laws of Foreign Investing.
Sectors in Decline
Agriculture and fishing, timber industry, mineral products non metallic, leisure, cultural, recreational and athletic services.

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Finding Assistance For Further Information

Investment Aid Agency
Mexicali Industrial
National Bank of Foreign Trade
Doing Business Guides
Mexico Commercial Guide 2010 - Buy USA

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