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Integrity risks for international businesses in Mexico

Over the past decade, Mexico has managed to transform its economy, decrease its oil dependency and develop its manufacturing capacity. Between 2012 and 2018, the Mexican government undertook a number of reforms that have helped to foster competition in a number of sectors, notably in the oil and telecommunications industries. Despite this, enforcement of the relatively strong legal and institutional anti-corruption framework remains poor. Corruption is perceived by citizens and businesses alike as one of the main challenges in the country, and its effects have further aggravated the crisis in the judicial system, the failings of the police force and the wave of violence linked to organised crime.

21 December 2018
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Integrity risks for international businesses in Mexico

Main points

  • Mexico is considered one of the most open economies in the world and has free trade agreements some of the most important economic powers, including the US, the EU and Japan.
  • Between 2012 and 2016, president Enrique Peña Nieto, in collaboration with the opposition, passed a number of structural reforms, including the new national anti-corruption system (SNA)
  • Both petty and grand corruption are widespread in the country and an obstacle to conducting business and are a result of the weak rule of law that prevails in the country.
  • Violence and organised crime remain an issue and regularly disrupt businesses in certain areas of the country.

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Kukutschka, R.; (2018) Integrity risks for international businesses in Mexico. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2018:17)

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Roberto Martinez B. Kukutschka


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