Mexico with over 100 million inhabitants forms not only a giant market but also has direct access to the US market through NAFTA. The current government has its efforts focussed on providing security, new jobs, education, liberalisation of the energy sector and fiscal reform among other things.

To expand employment and training opportunities, the Mexican government many years ago established a 'maquiladora' program, which allows duty free imports of machinery, parts and raw materials for re-export to the US or elsewhere. The sector is still Mexico's largest generator of export revenues and increasingly sophisticated and high-tech. The first generation maquila operations (textiles and clothing) have been replaced by factories that are home to some of the world's largest electronics and car components companies. Further market opportunities emerge in sectors such as infrastructure, environment, financial services, telecom, agriculture, tourism and industry.

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