Lorne Matalon

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Mexico's presidential elections have big implications for U.S. energy companies

Jun 22, 2018
The front-runner in Mexico's presidential election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has called for more energy privatization.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, tells supporters that the supposed economic benefits of reform such as lower gasoline and electricity costs haven't yet materialized. June 3, 2018, Mexico City.
Lorne Matalon for Marketplace

Loans in the balance as international community weighs corruption in Guatemala

Nov 24, 2017
Corruption and political instability in Guatemala threaten to impact its ability to receive international monetary aid.
A banner left by Guatemalan prosecutors at ranch seized in a corruption probe reads "Evidence." Guatemalan prosecutors are working with foreign counterparts in the International Commission Against Impunity In Guatemala to stem corruption. 
Lorne Matalon/ for Marketplace

Theft of oil and gas from Mexican pipelines an increasing concern

Oct 26, 2017
The loss of oil and gas from Mexican pipelines currently totals more than $1 billion a year, leaving some U.S. companies skittish about entering the market.
Refinery workers in Veracruz finish their shift. Mexican gov't statistics indicate mounting theft from pipelines that ferry refined gasoline from here to Mexico City. 
Lorne Matalon/ for Marketplace

U.S.-owned factories in Mexico welcome the prospect of NAFTA changes

Jun 27, 2017
Maquila owners say the current version makes it a harder to operate in Mexico compared to the U.S.
Alberto Martinez welds steel at a maquila owned by Metal Industries of Florida.
Lorne Matalon

Mexico's 2018 election is shaping up as a vote for economic freedom from the U.S

May 8, 2017
Trump's election triggered a rise in nationalism. A populist leftist candidate is channeling that feeling.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has low approval ratings. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leading presidential candidate in Mexico's 2018 election, is critical of both Peña Nieto and U.S. President Trump.
Lorne Matalon

Mexico's energy reform and Pemex both face challenges

Feb 23, 2017
Foreign companies have been invited into the energy market, but problems with Pemex deter investment.
A Pemex gas station in front of Pemex headquarters in Mexico City. The state-owned agency is dealing with several challenges as it participates in Mexico's deregulated energy market.
Lorne Matalon

Mexico ponders the future of trade with the U.S.

Dec 6, 2016
Some Mexicans are pressing for the country to be more self-reliant, if the U.S. looks to renegotiate or even withdraw from NAFTA.
Xochitl Hernández in her commercial greenhouse. She says the end of NAFTA would cripple Mexican exporters, but said she's hopeful the new U.S. administration will tweak but not kill NAFTA.
Lorne Matalon

Those who support Colombia's peace accord with FARC see economic benefits

Sep 22, 2016
For the U.S., peace could expand trade and further economic relations.
A stencil image on a wall shows a tic-tac-toe board with the caption that reads, "No One Wins" in armed conflict.
Lorne Matalon

A Texas range war over a natural gas pipeline

Jul 18, 2016
A pipeline carrying natural gas to Mexico from Texas will across remote ranches more than a century old.
The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is expected to send 1.4 billion cubic feet of Texas natural gas per day to Mexico.
Lorne Matalon/Marketplace

Migration is a business on Mexico's southern border

Jul 8, 2016
As people and goods illegally cross the Mexico-Guatemala border, many profit.
The words read "Christ Lives." Migrants and goods such as oil and foodstuffs are transported illegally on a raft below a bridge that is an official port of entry between Mexico and Guatemala.
Lorne Matalon

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