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Mexico & Nafta - March 2019

Introduction
The March edition of the Regional Report: Mexico & Nafta contains articles on various issues that look likely to shape the Mexican government’s agenda in coming months...
Energy & Politics
The blueprints for two thermoelectric plants in the state of Morelos were approved in 2011, but fierce local opposition has prevented them from starting operations...
Economy
On 7 February, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the US would be withdrawing from the 2013 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, which suspended a dumping investigation launched by the US government against Mexican tomato exporters and allowed for the continued importation of tomatoes from Mexico...
Security & Economy
The synthetic opioid fentanyl has become an increasingly important fixture in the US illegal drug market, and there is mounting evidence that Mexican traffickers play a pivotal role in the supply chain...
Security
At the end of a trial that was followed closely by the media in the US and Mexico, on 12 February 2019 Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was found guilty by a US federal court of all the charges he faced, including participation in a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to produce and distribute cocaine and other drugs, money laundering, and conspiring to import narcotics into the US...
On 21 February a court in Germany handed down a US$4.2m fine to weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) related to illegal arms sales to Mexico...
Highlights
FDI inflows: On 21 January the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released new figures which show that Mexico received US$32bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018, up from US$29bn in 2017...

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