Mexico’s Fox: he’s back, with an energy fund

Vicente_Fox_2The Financial Times, 01/08/2014

With the ink only a month old on Mexico’s landmark energy reform – and the fine print of how to apply it yet to be approved – Vicente Fox, a former president, is already eyeing an opportunity.

He has announced the creation of a $500m fund – indeed, most of the money has already been raised, says the former Coca-Cola executive – to drive investment into the energy sector as it shakes off the shackles of three quarters of a century bound to the state.

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Ex-Mexico president praises Wash. pot businessmen

Vicente_Fox_2Associated Press, 5/30/2013

Washington state businessmen who say they’re trying to create the first national brand of marijuana received some heartfelt support Thursday from the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. Fox appeared at a news conference in Seattle, where he recounted how the war on drugs has ravaged his country and praised the states of Washington and Colorado for voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana last fall.

At the news conference, former Microsoft manager Jamen Shively discussed his plans to launch a new marijuana brand named for his great-great grandfather, Diego Pellicer. He says his company is joining forces with a Washington state chain of medical marijuana dispensaries run by John Davis, the Northwest Patient Resource Center, as well as dispensaries in Colorado and California.

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Mexico stays on the sidelines in immigration reform debate

Mexico BricksLos Angeles Times, 1/29/2013

Here is what you probably won’t see in the coming weeks as the U.S. Congress debates a sweeping immigration overhaul: Mexico becoming involved.

Though the United States’ southern neighbor is the country with the most at stake as Washington considers changing its policy toward illegal immigrants, Mexican diplomats and government officials are expected to keep a low profile to avoid the appearance of meddling in U.S. affairs and to minimize any potential backlash among conservatives in the States.

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