Today, June 11, 2021, the Mexican Government published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, the Mexico-Hong Kong Bilateral Investment Agreement. This treaty will enter into force on June 16, 2021, and will protect investments and investors from Mexico and Hong Kong.
Our partner and director of VTZ Chinese Desk, Susana Muñoz, was part of the Mexican negotiating team for this BIT. Our partner highlights that the entry into force of this Agreement comes at a time when hundreds of Hong Kong-owned manufacturing companies from southern China are seeking to bring their operations closer to the US.
With this new treaty, Hong Kong will increase to 22 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) that cover 31 foreign economies. Mexico, on the other hand, will have 30 BITs.
Currently, there are more than 200 companies registered in Mexico with Hong Kong capital, representing an investment of 1.18 billion USD.
This Treaty will serve as a regulatory framework to offer investors from both regions fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory treatment in their investments; compensation in case of expropriation of investments; and the right to free transfers abroad of their investments and returns.
In addition, this BIT also provides dispute settlement mechanisms under internationally accepted rules, including arbitration. In light of the above, we expect this BIT to be an ideal instrument for attracting Hong Kong investment into Mexico.
The Mexico-Hong Kong Bilateral Investment Treaty will increase investor confidence, expand investment flows between these two economies, and further strengthen bilateral economic and trade ties.
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