Under President Felipe Calderón’s National Infrastructure Programme, the government plans to spend between 2007 and 2012 $226 billion USD on infrastructure of which, $26 billion will be devoted to highways and an additional $200-250 billion USD to housing
Construction sector in Mexico
Mexico has the second largest economy in Latin America and is expected to become the seventh
largest economy in the world by 2050. Construction is an important sector in the Mexican
market, representing 6.8% of the country?s GDP.
Under President Felipe Calder?n?s National Infrastructure Programme, the government plans to
spend between 2007 and 2012 $226 billion USD on infrastructure of which, $26 billion will be
devoted to highways and an additional $200-250 billion USD to housing
Opportunity areas that have been identified include:
With a growing population, there is currently a shortfall of about 4 million homes in Mexico.
Much of the demand is for low income housing with proper physical, social and commercial
infrastructure, which calls for qualified and experienced urban, regional and transportation
There are projects for the development of 20 new satellite cities to house communities of
between 500,000 and one million. Among these are the developments of Valle de las Palmas in
Tijuana (165,000 units for 800,000 people) and Zumpango, located north of Mexico City
(100,000 units for 500,000 people).
Sustainable construction has also acquired increasing importance in Mexico over the past few
years. The National Housing Commission has placed sustainability as a fundamental issue in its
agenda. The objective, by 2012, is for all new housing to include water and energy-saving
President Calder?n declared 2011 Mexico?s ?Year of Tourism?. With the objective of placing
Mexico among the top 5 tourist destinations in the world within the next five years, plans have
been announced to build new resorts and expand existing ones.
An estimated $26 billion USD is expected to be allocated towards building or improving 17,598
kilometres of highways and rural roads. Another objective is to increase the percentage of the
Federal highways network that is in good condition from 72% to 90%.
Projects that will soon be launched for tender and are worth a $1,347 Million USD investment
Project PPP model Tender Kms.
Atizap?n-Atlacomulco Concession First half of 2012 80
Cabo San Lucas ? San Jos? del Cabo FONADIN First half of 2012 44
Jala-Las Varas FONADIN First half of 2012 96
Campeche package Asset Utilisation First half of 2012 36
Quer?taro package Asset Utilisation First half of 2012 80
With a wide range of projects, the construction sector in Mexico offers numerious opportunities
to UK companies and specialists, particularly consultants, project managers, urban planners, civil
engineers, architects and suppliers of resource-saving/green technology.
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Latest export opportunities - Mexico
Getting into the market
We encourage British companies to approach well in advance the local authorities that are in
charge of projects, since very frequently the time between a tender?s launch and the required
proposal submission date is extremely short. Approaching them beforehand is desirable to have
an insight of what they need and ask for. It is important to build relationships in the market, so
that key local players and decision makers will be aware of your expertise and keep you in mind
when forming bidding consortia. In many instances, UK companies choose to partner with local
counterparts, benefiting from their business know-how.
More about doing business in Mexico
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
? Miguel Angel Medina British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55) 1670 3280
? Diana Leon British Embassy Mexico. +52 (55)1670 3302
Contact your local international trade team
Expo SAIE (International Construction Salon)
February 22-25, 2012
World Trade Centre, Mexico City
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events ? Construction
Latest events ? Mexico
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