Tag Archives: Mexico
President Enrique Peña Nieto

Energy reform in Mexico still presents risks

Mexico’s energy reforms are necessary to revitalize the sector. If the reform process is any indication, however, foreign firms will be wise to enter with caution. So dear to Mexican society is the legacy of Lázaro Cárdenas’s 1938 expropriation of the country’s oil sector that it is still celebrated annually as a national holiday. Perhaps […]

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mexico energy oil pump

Political risk is alive and well in the global oil industry

Despite innovation in the US oil patch, the big stories in oil still lie outside the US—where hydraulic fracturing and innovation in drilling technology are unlikely to play a major role in its extraction. The oil business is likely to remain messy for the foreseeable future. For better or worse, oil will remain central to […]

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Haiti migrant workers

Haiti and Dominican Republic struggle to cooperate

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been working to repair bilateral relations in the wake of the Dominican Republic’s new citizenship law. As Haiti deals with its own political paralysis, a return to normal relations would improve stability and development on the island. A deal was reached in January 2014 to ease tensions over the Dominican Republic (DR) […]

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2012 Car Bombing in Bogota; Source: David Maiolo via Wikipedia

Armed conflict, stalled bureaucracy limit Colombia’s economic growth

Global Risk Insights has reported that the largest problem for Venezuela’s PDVSA and Mexico’s Pemex is falling oil production. Now, another South American country, Colombia, has also reported a decrease in oil production for 2013 — due to terrorism, social unrest and government inefficiency.   This year’s spring has not been very pleasant for Colombian politics. The list […]

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mexico energy oil pump

The future of oil exporters in Latin America

Mexico has liberalized its oil sector and Venezuela tries to survive a wave of violent protests. What does the future of oil look like in Latin America? The politics of oil in the two largest Latin American oil exporters—Venezuela and Mexico—have recently diverged. While Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) is now politically closer to the […]

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Pacific Alliance

Pacific Trade Alliance shows commitment to free market development

In February, the leaders of the Pacific Alliance met in Cartagena, Colombia to discuss tariff reductions. This economic integration project demonstrates a long term credible commitment to sustain liberalized markets via a pro-trade, pro-business, export-oriented development agenda. In April 2011, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru created the Pacific Alliance, a regional trading bloc aiming to […]

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U.S. immigration reform protest

4 numbers tell the story of U.S. immigration reform

Just behind the rhetoric of the debate, the numbers show what a massive undertaking immigration reform is. With the budget and debt ceiling having been dealt with already this year, immigration reform is the biggest issue on the U.S. Congress’s plate right now. The debate has been slowly and steadily moving along for over a […]

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emerging markets

Why emerging markets are not collapsing

The recent rout of emerging markets prompt worries over a new emerging market crisis like those of the 1990s and early 2000s. While significant downside risks exist, differentiation is likely to take over as markets calm and investors pinpoint those countries with strong fundamentals and growth potential. Emerging markets have had a difficult few weeks. […]

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Indonesia market

MINTs: the new emerging market acronym

In 2001, Jim O’Neill coined the term “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As the BRICs may face economic slowdown questions arise over what emerging market group will replace them. Mr. O’Neill has the answer: the MINT countries – Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey. Fidelity International came up with this term, but Mr. O’Neill has […]

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Mexico drug cartel violence

Gang and cartel violence threatens Mexico’s economic goals

Mexican government forces have stepped up security measures in an attempt to quell clashes between vigilante groups and drug cartels in several towns. Over the last year, vigilante groups have sprung up all over the Western state of Michoacán in response to the continuous intimidation of cartel groups, the most prominent being the Knights Templar. […]

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