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Country Profile Mexico

As the second largest economy in Latin America, Mexico offers an abundance of possibilities, in many different sectors. The main language is Spanish, but English is widely used and understood. Mexico has a fascinating history dating back to its powerful and influential ethnic groups such as the Mayans and Aztecs as well as a strong European influence due to the Spanish invasion in the 16th century. The 1994 establishment of NAFTA opened Mexico up to an influx of American culture and goods as well as propelling Mexico’s manufacturing sector. A population of over 120 million and a growing middle class means that there is a huge market for British goods. Current GDP per capita stands at 10,000 USD, but analysts predict that by 2050 Mexico’s economy will be in the top 10 in the world. While Mexico has a beautiful culture, nature and traditions, it also boasts powerful, global cities with different sector hubs.

Mexico is the country with the most free trade agreements (FTA) in the world. Besides the FTA Mexico has with the European Union, they have FTAs with over 40 countries. In the uncertainty following the results of both the Brexit vote and the U.S. election, the Mexican and British governments have both been keen to stress that establishing a new Free Trade Agreement between the two nations is a top priority.

Mexico is a major oil exporter, though a great deal of their potential has not been realised due to the 75-year monopoly the state has had on oil and gas. The current energy reforms, where not only the market for oil and gas – but also for electricity – has been opened up to new players, have already increased oil production, though there are many more opportunities in this market.

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Our friends and colleagues from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce have shared with us a very interesting article regarding doing business in Mexico!

“There are many more interesting, steadily growing sectors in Mexico:

  • They are the leading exporter of electronics in Latin America, with an average growth rate of nearly 7%.
  • The food sector contributes heavily to current trade with the UK, and Mexico has a strong position worldwide in multiple food subsectors, including coffee, cacao powder, avocadoes and meat.
  • The Mexican government has an ambitious national infrastructure plan with opportunities for private companies in large construction projects.
  • Also metalworking, mining, tourism, Information Technologies, education and the pharmaceutical industry are sectors with a plethora of opportunities.”

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