Mexican state in deal with China for industrial park -sources
By Dave Graham
MEXICO CITY Oct 27 (Reuters) - A major state-owned Chinese company has struck a preliminary deal to develop an industrial park in western Mexico that could be one of China's biggest-ever investments in Latin America's second largest economy, Mexican officials said.
The government of Jalisco state will on Tuesday formally sign the agreement with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to create a park to host Chinese manufacturers, two officials from the western region said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said the two sides had undertaken to carry out a feasibility study to identify a suitable location for the park and to stage two trips to China to assess which companies could come to Mexico.
The officials said the plan is to develop a site of around 500 hectares, with the Jalisco government paying for half the land, and the Chinese the rest. Paying for the park's development would fall to the Chinese alone, the two added.
CCCC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Jalisco, which at the weekend emerged relatively unscathed after bearing the brunt of the impact of Hurricane Patricia, is home to Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico.
How much the Chinese invest and where the park would be will depend on a six-month study process, one of the officials said, adding that formal adoption of the project would also hinge on the Chinese agreeing to send manufacturing firms.
Industrial parks of a similar size developed in Mexico by global manufacturers have involved investment of sums ranging from hundreds of millions to more than $1 billion. Continuación...