UPDATE 4-WTO Rules against U.S. Dolphin-Safe Canned Tuna Labels

April 15, 2015

Reuters, 4/15/2015

WTO logoThe World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that U.S. rules on dolphin-safe labels for canned tuna run counter to international trade laws, siding with Mexico in a long-running dispute and opening the door to retaliation against U.S. exports.

The ruling, which the United States said it would appeal, upholds Mexico’s complaint that revamped U.S. labeling rules are still discriminatory because they disqualify Mexican tuna from bearing dolphin-safe labels, unlike other countries’ tuna.

“We recommend that the dispute settlement body request the United States bring its measure, which we have found to be inconsistent with (the WTO rules) … into conformity with its obligations,” the WTO panel said.

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Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector Continues to Grow

April 10, 2015

Forbes, 4/8/2015

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Summary:

Mexico’s economy has performed well relative to other major Latin American economies in recent years, largely because of its thriving manufacturing sector. Unlike Brazil and Argentina, whose manufacturing sectors are slumping, Mexico has continued to see solid growth because of its integration with and dependence on the U.S. market. Although low global oil prices will put pressure on Mexico’s economy, the performance of the manufacturing sector — especially in high-end manufacturing — will be a key driver of Mexico’s economic growth this year and beyond.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Reflections on Mexico’s Southern Border

April 1, 2015

By Duncan Wood, Christopher Wilson, Eric L. Olson, Brenda Elisa Valdés Corona, and Ernesto Rodríguez Chávez

April 1, 2015

Puente Dr. Rodolfo Robles Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas - Tecún Umán Guatemala  DSC_0914 Ernesto (2)In early March, 2015, a small group of researchers from the Washington-based Wilson Center and from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas traveled to the southwestern section of the Mexico-Guatemala border to observe developments in migration, various types of illicit trafficking, trade, and border management. While there, we met with a wide range of government and non-governmental actors. We crossed the border and visited the official and irregular installations at Ciudad Hidalgo-Tecún Umán and Talisman-El Carmen. We met with officials from Mexico’s SRE (Foreign Ministry), SEMAR (Navy/Marines), the Interior Ministry’s Coordinación para la Atención Integral de la Migración en la Frontera Sur, and INM (National Immigration Institute); including a visit to the migrant holding center Estación Migratoria Siglo XXI in Tapachula. We were able to dialogue with a range of Chiapas state officials in charge of law enforcement and economic development in the border region. We visited two migrant shelters run by Scalabrini priests, one on each side of the border, and held meetings with NGO representatives and academics working on issues of human rights protection in relation to migrants, migrant workers, sex workers and victims of human trafficking. Finally, we met with Guatemala’s interagency border security task force, Fuerza de Tarea Interinstitucional Tecun Uman, including personnel from several Guatemalan government agencies.

In this brief publication, each of the five researchers participating in the visit presents a short reflection based on several of these encounters.

Click here to read the publication. 


Mexico Rights Commission to Probe Abuses Against Farm Workers

March 27, 2015

Fox News Latino, 3/25/2015

Migrant California vineyardMexico’s National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, announced an investigation into alleged abuses against farm workers by both employers and authorities in the Baja California peninsula.

Personnel traveled to the San Quintin farm in Baja California state to interview laborers who last week reported being mistreated by municipal, state and federal police officers during an ongoing strike to protest poor working conditions, the CNDH said.

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Mexico Crude Output to Fall to 2.29 mn Barrels Per Day in 2015

March 25, 2015

Fox News Latino, 3/25/2015

energy - oil_rigMexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said it expects crude production in 2015 to come in at an average of 2.29 million barrels per day, down from 2.43 million bpd last year, the National Hydrocarbons Commission, or CNH, said.

Natural gas production also will fall this year to 6.36 billion cubic feet per day, compared to 6.53 billion cfd in 2014, the CNH said Tuesday, citing the Pemex Exploration and Production’s Quarterly Operational Program.

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Infographic: World Bank Index Challenges Perceptions of Mexico’s Most Business-Friendly Cities

March 25, 2015

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The World Bank’s ranking of the easiest and most difficult cities to do business in Mexico may come as a surprise to investors.

The nation’s capital, Mexico City, is the most difficult place to do business, while the relatively unheralded western city of Colima is the easiest, according to the latest Doing Business index. There is further bad news for more of Mexico’s most mature markets: the World Bank rates Guadalajara, widely known as “Mexico’s Silicon Valley,” as the eighth most difficult place to do business, while Monterrey, which is often described as the nation’s business capital, is only ranked the 16th easiest city to do business in.

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Mexico Gov’t Still Eyeing 5 pct Growth in 2018

March 24, 2015

Fox News Latino, 3/23/2015

pesoMexican Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray said the government still expects a series of recent economic reforms will lead to growth of 5 percent by the end of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term in 2018.

“I don’t have the slightest doubt that Mexico will have sustainable average growth rates in that range,” Videgaray said in an interview published Monday by El Universal newspaper.

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