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Billionaire Carlos Slim's major investment plans in Mexico
The Mexican tycoon endorses economy despite investor jitters – Photo: Iván Stephens/EL UNIVERSAL

Billionaire Carlos Slim's major investment plans in Mexico

19/10/2019
09:15
Reuters
Mexico City
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Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said that infrastructure investments, including real estate and energy, will total over MXN $100 billion if his company is awarded contracts on the administration’s major projects

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On Wednesday, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said that he expects to invest up to USD $5 billion in Mexican infrastructure during the current administration as he delivered a full-throated endorsement of the economy despite investor jitters.

Speaking at a news conference in Mexico City, Slim said he is “100% in agreement” with the goals of leftist Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose economic policies have spooked ratings agencies and investors since his six-year term began in December.

Slim and López Obrador, who have collaborated since the politician’s time as Mexico City’s mayor in the early 2000s, appeared to be at odds after López Obrador pulled the plug on a USD $13 billion new airport project in which Slim was heavily involved.
 

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But Slim, in remarks delivered in the offices of his Grupo Financiero Inbursa, gave no hint of animosity.

Amid calls from López Obrador to improve connectivity in rural Mexico, Slim said his telecom companies have already ratcheted up investment. Telecom investments in the country will total USD $2.08 billion per year, Slim said.

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Slim’s telecoms giant, America Movil, has also been in touch with the governments of Guatemala and El Salvador about boosting investment there, the businessman said.

Slim also offered a glimpse of investments in other parts of his business portfolio, saying he plans to spend MXN $20 billion per year on energy and MXN $12 billion per year on real estate. Infrastructure investments will total over MXN $100 billion if the company is awarded contracts on the administration’s major projects, he added.

He singled out the planned Mayan Train, which would connect tourist hotspots in southeastern Mexico, as one attractive target.

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“We will compete, but we don’t know what we will win and what we will lose,” Slim said.

Although he predicted that the Mexican economy would not grow this year, Slim was bullish on the investment climate in his home country, predicting that gains in the minimum wage and social aid programs would boost consumption.

“There is no slowdown, not just for us but for the market,” he said. “There are lots of projects and lots of money.”
 

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Despite his supportive words for López Obrador, the 79-year-old magnate demurred when asked what grade he would give the politician for the start of his administration.

“I’m not a rater of presidents,” he quipped.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s plans to invest in the country are “important,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told his regular news conference on Thursday, adding that there are “many projects to reactivate the economy.”

Boosting growth is among the toughest challenges faced by López Obrador after the local economy barely escaped a recession in the first half of 2019.

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