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- November 1, 2015: Vol. 8, Number 10

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Investors welcome: Mexico opens the door to $600 billion of infrastructure opportunities

by Sheila Hopkins

With its $1.3 trillion nominal GDP, Mexico is the second-largest economy in Latin America and the 15th largest in the world. But you would not know that from the state of its infrastructure. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015–2016, Mexico’s infrastructure ranks 59th out of 140 countries. Countries such as Malaysia, Lithuania, Namibia and even Kazakhstan have better infrastructure systems. Mexico’s transportation infrastructure is problematic, with roads ranking 54th, railroads ranking 61st and ports coming in at 57th place. But its communications and utilities systems are even worse, with its electricity supply ranked 73rd, its fixed-telephone lines ranked 66th and its mobile phone subscriptions ranked 112th. Some of these rankings have improved in the past couple of years — the country’s infrastructure as a whole ranked 66th in 2013 so it has risen seven spots in two years — but it is nowhere near where a growing economy should b

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