Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, has been named by the Financial Times as the second-best city for investment in Latin America

Investment in Latin America: ‘Best’ Cities Named

The capital cities of Mexico and Colombia have been named as the two best “cities of the future” for investment in Latin America, according to a newly released study by the Financial Times (FT). 

In the ‘Americas Cities of the Future 2021/2022’ study, Mexico City has not only retained its status as the most attractive city for investment in Latin America, but has risen five places in the overall rankings compared to the previous edition of the study two years ago. 

Mexico City’s results were based in part on the Mexican capital receiving a total of 352 inward foreign direct investment (FDI) projects during the period analysed — the highest among Latin American cities and third-highest among all cities studied. Of those projects, 68% were in business services or sales, marketing, and other support activities.

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Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, welcomed the results as an indication of Mexico’s ongoing work to develop talent and maintain its status as a hub for investment in Latin America.

“The future of Mexico City is built by the talent and solidarity of its people, a city of innovation and rights,” she told FT.

Meanwhile, Bogotá was named the second-best city for investment in Latin America, after leapfrogging Sao Paulo since the previous edition of the study. According to the FT analysis, Colombia’s capital drew 44% of inward FDI into the country, with some notable major investments being made in the city, including Argentina’s online marketplace giant MercadoLibre opening a technology and innovation center in the city in 2020.

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Speaking to FT, Carolina Durán, Bogotá’s secretary for economic development, said the result represented “a recognition of the work of a city that is transforming to be more innovative, competitive, inclusive and attractive for investment.” 

Chilean capital Santiago was named as the fourth-best city for investment in Latin America by the FT study.

Investment in Latin America: Study Published Amid Signs of Recovery

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The results of the latest FT study come amid some encouraging signs of recovery emerging from both Colombia and Mexico, two of the most important hubs for investment in Latin America.

While new analysis in Colombia shows the country expecting to see GDP growth of 6% in 2021, Mexico has seen tourism numbers bounce back to 2019 levels on the back of the ongoing success of the vaccination drive in the United States — the origin of 80% of Mexico’s tourists.

Both facts point to recovery from the ructions of the global coronavirus pandemic, amid strong recent signs of economic improvement coming from each country, with the Colombian economy growing a reported 28% between March and April, while Mexico recently reported record levels of FDI into the country in the first four months of 2021.

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Craig Dempsey
Craig Dempsey

Craig is a seasoned business professional in Latin America. He is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Biz Latin Hub Group that specializes in the provision market entry and back office services. Craig holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with honors and a Master's Degree in Project Management from the University of New South Wales. Craig is also an active board member on the Australian Colombian Business Council, and likewise also active with the Australian Latin American Business Council.

Craig is also a military veteran, having served in the Australian military on numerous overseas missions and also a former mining executive with experience in various overseas jurisdictions, including, Canada, Australia, Peru and Colombia.

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