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Cablegate: Mexico's 2008 Investment Climate Statement -- Part 2 of 2

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SUBJECT: MEXICO'S 2008 INVESTMENT CLIMATE STATEMENT -- PART 2 OF 2

REF: 07 SECSTATE 158802

This is part two of a two part cable that provides text for the 2008
Mexico Investment Climate Statement.

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Protection of Property Rights

Two different laws provide the core legal basis for protection of
intellectual property rights (IPR) in Mexico -- the Industrial Property
Law (Ley de Propiedad Industrial) and the Federal Copyright Law (Ley
Federal del Derecho de Autor). Multiple federal agencies are
responsible for various aspects of IPR protection in Mexico. The
Office of the Attorney General (Procuraduria General de la Republica,
or PGR) has a specialized unit that pursues criminal IPR
investigations. The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property
(Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial, or IMPI) administers
Mexico's trademark and patent registries and is responsible for
handling administrative cases of IPR infringement. The National
Institute of Author Rights (Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor)
administers Mexico's copyright register and also provides legal advice
and mediation services to copyright owners who believe their rights
have been infringed. The Mexican Customs Service (Aduana Mexico) plays
a key role in ensuring that illegal goods do not cross Mexico's
borders.

Despite strengthened enforcement efforts by Mexico's federal
authorities over the past several years, weak penalties and other
obstacles to effective IPR protection have failed to deter the rampant
piracy and counterfeiting found throughout the country. The U.S.
Government continues to work with its Mexican counterparts to improve
the business climate for owners of intellectual property. Please refer
to the Embassy's IPR Toolkit for more information:
http://mexico.usembassy.gov/mexico/IPR.html

Mexico is a signatory of at least fifteen international treaties,
including the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial
Property, the NAFTA, and the WTO Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of
Intellectual Property Rights. Though Mexico signed the Patent
Cooperation Treaty in Geneva, Switzerland in 1994, which allows for
simplified patent registration procedure when applying for patents in
more than one country at the same time, it is necessary to register any
patent or trademark in Mexico in order to claim an exclusive right to
any given product. A prior registration in the United States does not
guarantee its exclusivity and proper use in Mexico, but serves merely
as support for the authenticity of any claim you might make, should you
take legal action in Mexico.

An English-language overview of Mexico's IPR regime can be found on the
WIPO website at: http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/ipworldwide/p df/mx.pdf

Although a firm or individual may apply directly, most foreign firms
hire local law firms specializing in intellectual property. The U.S.
Embassy's Commercial Section maintains a list of such law firms in
Mexico at:
http://www.buyusa.gov/mexico/en/business_serv ice_providers.html

Transparency of Regulatory System

The Federal Commission on Regulatory Improvement (COFEMER) under the
management of the Secretariat of Economy is the agency responsible for
reducing the regulatory burden on business. The Mexican government has
made progress in the last few years. On a quarterly basis, these
agencies must report to the Presidency on progress achieved toward
Presidential goals for reducing the regulatory burden. In December
2006, President Calderon replaced the Regulatory Moratorium Agreement,
issued by the previous administration to ensure agencies streamline
their regulatory promulgation processes, with the Quality Regulatory
Agreement. The new agreement intends to allow the creation of new
regulations only when agencies prove that they are needed because of an
emergency, because of the need to comply with international
commitments, or because of obligations established by law.

The federal law on administrative procedures has been a significant
investment policy accomplishment. The law requires all regulatory
agencies to prepare an impact statement for new regulations, which must
include detailed information on the problem being addressed, the
proposed solutions, the alternatives considered, and the quantitative
and qualitative costs and benefits and any changes in the amount of
paperwork businesses would face if a proposed regulation is to be
implemented. Despite these measures, many difficulties remain. Foreign
firms continue to list bureaucracy, slow government decision-making,
lack of transparency, a heavy tax burden, and a rigid labor code among
the principal negative factors inhibiting investment in Mexico.

The Secretariat of Public Administration has made considerable strides

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in improving transparency in government, including government
contracting and involvement of the private sector in enhancing
transparency and fighting corruption. The Mexican government has
established several Internet sites to increase transparency of
government processes and establish guidelines for the conduct of
government officials. "Normateca" provides information on government
regulations; "Compranet" allows for on-line federal government
procurement; "Tramitanet" permits electronic processing of transactions
within the bureaucracy thereby reducing the chances for bribes; and
"Declaranet" allows for on-line filing of income taxes for federal
employees.

Efficient Capital Markets and Portfolio Investment

The Mexican banking sector has strengthened considerably since the 1994
Peso Crisis left it virtually insolvent. Since the crisis, Mexico has
introduced reforms to buttress the banking system and to consolidate
financial stability. These reforms include creating a more favorable
economic and regulatory environment to foster banking sector growth by
reforming bankruptcy and lending laws, moving pension fund
administration to the private sector, and raising the maximum foreign
bank participation allowance. The bankruptcy and lending reforms
passed by Congress in 2000 and 2003 effectively made it easier for
creditors to collect debts in cases of insolvency by creating Mexico's
first effective legal framework for the granting of collateral.
Pension reform allows employees to choose their own pension plan.
Allowing banks or their holding companies to manage these funds
provides additional capital to the banking sector, while the increased
competition focuses fund managers on investment returns. In December
2007, the Mexican Congress approved amendments to the Law of Credit
Institutions (LIC) that include creating a new limited banking license
and transferring power from Hacienda to the Banking and Securities
Commission (CNBV), the primary banking regulator.

The financial profile of the banking sector has improved due to the
reduction in the problem assets brought about by write-offs, problem
loan sales, and the conclusion of most debt-relief programs. These
developments, combined with more stringent capital requirements, have
contributed to an improvement in the level and composition of capital
across the banking system, particularly among the larger institutions.

The banking sector remains highly concentrated, with a handful of large
banks controlling a significant market share, and the remainder
comprised of regional players and niche banks. Hacienda has approved
the opening of several new banks since 2006, including Wal-Mart Bank
and Prudential Bank, but the sector's competitive dynamics and credit
quality are still being driven by the six large banks-five of which are
foreign owned. The newcomers are mostly focused on the unbanked
population (D, E market segments) and will present only limited
competition to group of old banks.

Bank lending, especially consumer lending and mortgages, grew rapidly
in 2005 and 2006, fueled by lower interest rates and historically low
inflation. Small- and medium-sized businesses still complain of a lack
of access to credit, but government-owned development banks have
expanded their lending to this sector. Despite the expansion, such
lending remains low as a percentage of GDP. Private banks argue that
due diligence in lending to such business is difficult given the large
amount of revenue they keep off the books to avoid increased tax
liability.

Commercial loans to established companies with well-documented accounts
are available in Mexico, but many large companies utilize retained
earnings to fund growth. Supplier credit is the main source of
financing for many businesses. The largest companies are able to issue
debt for their financing needs, tapping into a growing pool of pension
funds looking for investment options. Non-bank financing is generally
available, however, only to large companies with strong credit ratings
and important commercial ties with their suppliers -- i.e., companies
that could easily procure bank financing.

The Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit sets regulatory policy and
oversees the CNBV . Mexico's central bank, the Bank of Mexico (BOM),
also has a regulatory role in addition to setting monetary policy. The
Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB) handles deposit
insurance.

Reforms creating better regulation and supervision of financial
intermediaries and fostering greater competition have helped strengthen
the financial sector and capital markets. These reforms, coupled with
sound macroeconomic fundamentals, have created a positive environment
for the financial sector and capital markets, which have responded
accordingly.

The implementation of NAFTA opened the Mexican financial services
market to U.S. and Canadian firms. Banking institutions from the U.S.
and Canada have a strong market presence, holding approximately 40

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percent of banking assets (as of June 2006). Under NAFTA's national
treatment guarantee, U.S. securities firms and investment funds, acting
through local subsidiaries, have the right to engage in the full range
of activities permitted in Mexico.
Foreign entities may freely invest in government securities. The
Foreign Investment Law establishes, as a general rule, that foreign
investors may hold 100 percent of the capital stock of any Mexican
corporation or partnership, except in those few areas expressly subject
to limitations under that law (Table I). Regarding restricted
activities, foreign investors may also purchase non-voting shares
through mutual funds, trusts, offshore funds, and American Depositary
Receipts. They also have the right to buy directly limited or
non-voting shares as well as free subscription shares, or "B" shares,
which carry voting rights. Foreigners may purchase an interest in "A"
shares, which are normally reserved for Mexican citizens, through a
neutral fund operated by a Mexican Development Bank. Finally, state
and local governments, and other entities such as water district
authorities, now issue peso-denominated bonds to finance infrastructure
projects. These securities are rated by international credit rating
agencies. This market is growing rapidly and represents an emerging
opportunity for U.S. investors.

Political Violence

Potential investors should not find political violence a source of
major concern. Peaceful mass demonstrations are common in the larger
metropolitan areas such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey.
Actual violence generally takes the form of local conflicts and
inter-communal disputes and has occurred mostly in limited regions of
Mexico's southern states. Since the initial January 1994 uprising of
the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in the state of Chiapas,
government forces and the EZLN have clashed only once, although Chiapas
has also experienced unrelated local violence. The Popular
Revolutionary Army (EPR) and the Revolutionary Army of the People's
Insurgency (ERPI) emerged in June 1996 and June 1998, respectively.
They have carried out a number of small attacks, principally confined
to the state of Guerrero.

In November 2006, the EPR claimed responsibility for three explosions
in Mexico City, one of which damaged a branch of Scotia Bank. On two
occasions in the summer of 2007, the EPR also claimed responsibility
for bombings of PEMEX pipelines in the states of Guanajuato and
Veracruz. While no injuries were reported, there was extensive
property damage and temporary disruption to flows of oil and natural
gas along damaged pipelines, negatively impacting up to 1000
businesses. Economic losses were reported to be in the hundreds of
millions of dollars.

The last half of 2006 saw intense protests in the state of Oaxaca
demanding, principally, the state governor's resignation. The capital
city of Oaxaca was under siege by demonstrators for more than five
months. Businesses - particularly those in the tourist sector --
reported millions of dollars in losses and many Western countries,
including the United States, issued travel warnings advising their
citizens to avoid the area. At least 11 civilian deaths, including
that of an American journalist, occurred as a direct result of the
violence in Oaxaca and hundreds more were injured and/or arrested.
State police forces were accused of denying due process to protestors
and using excessive force to break-up the demonstrations. In response
to the escalating violence, the federal government sent the sent the
Federal Protective Police to restore order. In 2007 , Oaxaca remained
calm for the most part and experienced only sporadic disturbances.

Narcotics trafficking-related violence is prevalent along the northern
border region of Mexico and has shown signs of spreading to other areas
-- including the states of Guerrero and Michoacan -- as the federal
government has attempted to crack down on the trade. President
Calderon has made fighting organized crime and curbing violence one of
his highest priorities. During 2007 he mounted large-scale military
and federal police operations against criminal organizations in eight
Mexican states and initiated wide-reaching law enforcement and criminal
justice reforms. President Calderon has signaled his commitment to
significantly stepping up cooperation with the US Government on law
enforcement and security issues, particularly in combating illegal
narcotics trafficking. Narcotics-related violence remained
widespread at years-end with more than 2600 individuals (including
close to 250 federal, state and local officials) killed during the
course of the year.

Though not political in nature, the Embassy has noticed that general
security concerns remain an issue for companies looking to invest in
the country. Many companies find it necessary to take extra
precautions for the protection of their executives. They also report
increasing security costs for shipments of goods.. The Overseas
Security Advisory Council (OSAC) monitors and reports on regional
security for American businesses operating overseas. Eligible
companies should become OSAC members. OSAC constituency is available

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to any American-owned, not-for-profit organization, or any enterprise
incorporated in the U.S. (parent company, not subsidiaries or
divisions) doing business overseas. (https://www.osac.gov/)

Corruption

Corruption has been pervasive in almost all levels of Mexican
government and society. President Calderon has stated that his
government intends to continue the fight against corruption and
government agencies at the federal, state and municipal levels are
engaged in anti-corruption efforts. The Secretariat of Public
Administration has the lead on coordinating government anti-corruption
policy.

Other government entities, such as the Supreme Audit Office of the
Federation (equivalent of the GAO), have been playing a role in
promoting sound financial management and accountable and transparent
government with limited success as most Mexican external audit
institutions (mostly at the state level) lack the operational and
budgetary independence to protect their actions from the political
interests of the legislators they serve. Technical assistance is being
provided to them by USAID to promote the use of modern auditing
practices.

Mexico ratified the OECD convention on combating bribery in May 1999.
The Mexican Congress passed legislation implementing the convention
that same month. The legislation includes provisions making it a
criminal offense to bribe foreign officials. A bribe to a foreign
official cannot be deducted from Mexican taxes. Mexico is also a party
to the OAS Convention against Corruption and is one of 13 countries
that have signed and ratified the United Nations Convention against
Corruption.

The government has enacted strict laws attacking corruption and
bribery, with average penalties of five to ten years in prison. A
Federal Law for Transparency and Access to Public Government
Information Act, the country's first freedom of information act, went
into effect in June 2003 with the aim of increasing government
accountability. With USAID assistance, 20 of Mexico's 31 states have
replicated federal efforts by passing similar freedom of information
legislation, the vast majority of which meets international standards
in this field. Three years after its passage, transparency in public
administration at the federal level has noticeably improved, but access
to information at the state and local level has been slow.

Mexico is ranked 72nd in international NGO Transparency International's
Corruption Perception Index for 2007, on par with China, India, and
Brazil. Local civil society organizations focused on fighting
corruption are still developing in Mexico. The USAID-funded Project
Atlatl has worked to coordinate and promote anti-corruption activities
with Mexican civil society (www.atlatl.com.mx) and other key players in
the anticorruption arena, such as federal and state audit institutions.
The Mexican branch of Transparency International also operates in
Mexico. The best source of Mexican government information on
anti-corruption initiatives is the Secretariat of Public Administration
(www.sfp.gob.mx).

Bilateral Investment Agreements

NAFTA governs U.S. and Canadian investment in Mexico. In addition to
NAFTA, most of Mexico's eleven other free trade agreements (FTAs) cover
investment protection, with a notable exception being the
Mexico-European Union FTA. The network of Mexico's FTAs containing
investment clauses encompasses the countries of Bolivia, Chile, Costa
Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, and Nicaragua.

Mexico has enacted formal bilateral investment protection agreements
with 21 countries: 13 European Union Countries (Austria, Belgium,
Luxemburg, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden), as well as Australia,
Argentina, Cuba, Iceland, Panama, South Korea, Switzerland, and
Uruguay. Agreements with Australia, Iceland and Panama were signed in
2005, but the Senate still has to ratify them. Mexico continues to
negotiate bilateral investment treaties with China and India.

The United States and Mexico have a bilateral tax treaty to avoid
double taxation and prevent tax evasion. Important provisions of the
treaty establish ceilings for Mexican withholding taxes on interest
payments and U.S. withholding taxes on dividend payments. The recent
implementation of the IETU has led to questions as to whether the new
tax meets the requirements of the bilateral tax treaty. As of January
2008, when the tax initially goes into effect, the U.S. Internal
Revenue Service will allow businesses to credit the IETU against their
U.S. taxes. Businesses should monitor this issue as it develops.

Mexico and the United States also have a tax information exchange
agreement to assist the two countries in enforcing their tax laws. The

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Financial Information Exchange Agreement (FIEA) was enacted in 1995,
pursuant to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The agreements cover
information that may affect the determination, assessment, and
collection of taxes, and investigation and prosecution of tax crimes.
The FIEA permits the exchange of information with respect to large
value or suspicious currency transactions to combat illegal activities,
particularly money laundering. Mexico is a member of the financial
action task force (FATF) of the OECD and has made progress in
strengthening its financial system through specific
anti-money-laundering legislation enacted in 2000 and 2004.

OPIC and Other Investment Insurance Programs

In June 2003, Mexico and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment
Corporation
(OPIC) signed an agreement that enables OPIC to offer all its programs
and services in Mexico. The Mexican Senate approved full OPIC
operations in August of 2004. Since then, OPIC has aggressively
pursued potential investment projects in Mexico. OPIC increased its
support for U.S. investment in Mexico more than tenfold when it
approved 570 million USD in financing for new projects in February of
2005.

OPIC-supported funds are among the largest providers of private equity
capital to emerging markets. Since 1987, OPIC has committed (as of FY
2005) over 2.6 billion USD in funding to 32 private equity funds. The
OPIC funds currently investing in Mexico include Darby-BBVA Latin
America Private Equity Fund, LP with a primary focus on equity
investments in media and communications, transportation, consumer
goods, housing, energy, and non-bank financial services and Latin Power
III, L.P. focusing on equity investments in independent power projects
("IPPs") in Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on renewable
energy and Mexico.

Details of OPIC programs and recent investment project announcements
can be found at their website: www.opic.gov.

In October 2007, Mexico signed the convention of the World Bank's
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).. To complete the
membership process, Mexico needs to pass legislation legalizing
membership, as well as make required capital contributions to the
agency.

Labor

Mexico's Federal Labor Law, enacted in 1931 and revised in 1970, is
based on article 123 of the Mexican constitution. Under the law,
Mexican workers enjoy the rights to associate, collectively bargain,
and strike. The law sets a standard six-day workweek with one paid day
off. For overtime, workers must be paid twice their normal rate and
three times the hourly rate for overtime exceeding nine hours per week.
Employees are entitled to most holidays, paid vacation (after one year
of service), vacation bonuses, and an annual bonus equivalent to at
least two weeks pay. Companies are also responsible for these
additional costs. These costs usually add about 30 to 35 percent to
the average employees' salary. Employers must also contribute a
tax-deductible two percent of each employee's salary into an individual
retirement account. Most employers are required to distribute ten
percent of their pre-tax profits for profit sharing. Speaking on
behald of the current administration the Labor Secretary has repeatedly
affirmed that labor reform is and remains one of the top priorities of
President Calderon's government.

There is a large surplus of labor in the formal economy, largely
composed of low-skilled or unskilled workers. On the other hand, there
is a shortage of technically skilled workers and engineers.
Labor-management relations are uneven, depending upon the unions
holding contracts and the industry concerned. Mexican manufacturing
operations are experiencing stiff wage competition from Central
America, China, India, and elsewhere in low technology work, such as
textile and garment manufacture.

For the past few years, with the possible exception of the mining
industry, strikes have been limited and usually settled quickly.
Strikes that are more difficult will usually draw government mediators
to help the settlement process. Independent unions have been playing
an increasingly significant role, particularly since the formation of
the new Labor Federation (National Union of Workers) in November 1997.
Information on unions registered with federal labor authorities is
supposed to be available to the public via Internet (www.stps.gob.mx),
but this database is incomplete.

Foreign-Trade Zones/Free Ports

In addition to the IMMEX programs that operate as quasi-free trade
zones, in 2002 Mexico approved the operation of more traditional free
trade zones (FTZ). Unlike the previous "bonded" areas that only allowed

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for warehousing of product for short periods, the new FTZ regime allows
for manufacturing, repair, distribution, and sale of merchandise. There
is no export requirement for companies operating within the zone to
avail themselves of tax benefits. Regulatory guidance for the new
regime is still being amended; therefore investors should consult a tax
lawyer for detailed information. Most major ports in Mexico have bonded
areas ("recinto fiscalizados") or customs agents ("recintos fiscal")
within them. There are currently two approved FTZ's, both operating in
San Luis Potosi. The first major plant in the FTZ is currently under
construction. Several states have filed to convert their bonded areas
into Free Trade Zones.

Foreign Direct Investment Statistics

Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico
(USD Million)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007*

Total FDI Inflow: 16,589 22,777 20,960 19,212 18,397
-New Investments 7,245 13,791 10,952 7,406 7,307
-Earnings Reinvestment 2,073 2,337 3,471 4,167 3,985
-Inter-company Investment 7,271 6,649 6,537 7,639 7,105


Foreign Direct Investment Realized in Mexico By Industrial
Sector Destination (USD Million)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007*
Inflow Total 16,589 22,777 20,960 16,909 15,097
Agriculture 12 17 5 20 (4)
Extractive 84 173 194 335 1,017
Manufacturing 7,550 12,964 11,935 9,379 7,714
Electricity and Water 323 202 192 (96) 90
Construction 81 390 282 349 253
Retail 1,434 1,237 2,869 537 858
Transport and Communication
2,216 1,254 1,427 760 428
Financial Services 2,900 5,581 1,208 2,752 3,699
Others 1,990 959 2,84 2,874 1,043

Foreign Direct Investment Inflows Realized By Country/Economy
of Origin (USD Million)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007* 5 year
Totals
Total Inflow 16.589 22,777 20,960 16,909 15,097 92,332
United States 9,281 8,511 10,512 10,830 7,612 46,746
Spain 3,002 7,436 1,473 624 1,485 14,020
Holland 892 3,329 2,431 3,091 1,905 11,649
France 530 170 553 697 1,408 3358.16
United Kingdom 1,074 140 985 788 69 3055
Virgin Islands (6) 56 2,051 281 383 2765
Canada 262 490 414 527 366 2060
Switzerland 286 1,135 180 356 14 1970
Germany 466 400 339 81 232 1518
Argentina 3 10 541 22 16 592
South Korea 57 34 95 43 16 245
Brazil 19 48 49 41 16 174
Taiwan 10 8 16 22 5 61
China 26 12 5 4 2 49
Japan 122 363 115 (1479) 74.55 (804)
Notes FDI Investment Charts: 1) Sources: Inflow - Mexican Secretariat
of Economy, Director General of Foreign Investment 2) Period: 2007 data
January through September 3) Data: Millions of U.S. Dollars (USD),
unless noted. 4) The Secretariat of Economy has recalculated values
for past years. All values for past years are the most up to date data
provided by the Secretariat of Economy. 5) With the passage of the
IMMEX law integrating Maquila and Pitex industries, "Maquiladora
Investment in Fixed Assets is no longer reported separately and is
included in the category "Inter-company Investments) 6) Yearly amounts
may differ from 5 year totals due to rounding error. 7) The total FDI
inflow for 2006 and 2007 by sector and country is less than the total
FDI in Mexico because it does not include an estimate that has been
reported in the total FDI.


FDI INFLOW AS A PERCENTAGE OF GDP
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
GDP 639,100 683,500 767,700 840,000 878,900
FDI Inflow 16,589 22,777 20,960 19,212 23,000
Percent of GDP 2.6 3.3 2.7 2.3 2.6

Notes on "FDI as a Percentage of GDP" chart: 1) GDP figures are taken
from the Mexican Statistics Agency, INEGI. Figures in millions of
dollars at current market prices. 2) 2007 GDP is an estimate using a 3
percent growth rate. 3) FDI for 2006 includes estimate from
Secretariat of Economy. 4) FDI is 12 month 2007 Secretariat of Economy

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U.S. FDI Flow and Stock in Mexico (USD Millions)
2003 2004 2005 2006
U.S. FDI flow in Mexico 3,664 7,712 7,385 10,645
U.S. FDI Stock in Mexico 56,851 66,428 75,106 84,699

Notes U.S. FDI Flow and stock in Mexico chart: 1) Source: U.S.
Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis

Mexico FDI Flow and Stock in U.S. (USD Millions)
2003 2004 2005 2006
Mexico FDI flow in U.S. 2,173 (629) 142 2,387
Mexico FDI Stock in U.S. 9,022 7,592 3,806 6,075

Notes U.S. FDI Flow and stock in Mexico chart: 1) Source: U.S.
Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis

In 2007 there were several large foreign investments in Mexico by U.S.
and other nations' companies, including:

1) Union Fenosa (Spanish) invested 2.5 billion USD in Mexico's energy
sector (electricity and LNG)
2) Members of the Global Business Council, which include companies such
as American Express, Mitsubishi, Sabritas, and PepsiCo, invested a
combined 3 billion USD and created 10,000 jobs
3) Wal-mart invested approximately 1 billion USD
4) Michelin will invest 740 million USD in the coming four years to
construct a plant in Silao, Guanajuato.
5) DaimlerChrysler will invest 450 million USD.
6) Holcim Apasco will invest 400 million USD to construct a plant in
Hermosillo.
Siemens USD 150 million
7) Bridgeton will invest 300 million USD in the states of Tamaulipas
and Nuevo Leon
8) Hershey will invest 275 million USD in Nuevo Leon

Web Resources
ProMexico: http://www.investinmexico.com.mx
Secretariat of the Economy: http://www.economia.gob.mx

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National Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infraestructura.gob.mx
Department of State, Office of Legal Advisor: http://www.state.gov/s/l/
Mexican Development Bank: http://www.nafin.gob.mx
Mexican Foreign Trade Bank: http://www.bancomext.gob.mx
Mexican Civil Society: http://www.atlatl.com.mx
Overseas Private Investment Corporation: http://www.opic.gov
Overseas Security Advisory Council: http://www.osac.gov
Secretariat of Labor and Social Security: http://www.stps.gob.mx

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United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis:
http://www.bea.doc.gov/

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