What is the real perception on safety for Expats living abroad?

What is the real perception on safety for Expats living abroad?

Mar 30, 2016

Mr. Chuck Bolotin is Vice President and Business Development Manager of BestPlacesInTheWorldToRetire.com, a globally recognized Expat website. He recently published an article titled: “For Expats Living in Mexico and Central America, Safety Is Not a Big Concern“; this publication features testimonies of actual Expats living abroad and their perception on safety issues.  The thought of living in certain places in Mexico or Central America can be alluring: fabulous beaches, colonial cities, inexpensive, quality healthcare, a slower pace and much lower cost of living. But some people think mistakenly that it isn’t safe. To determine how safe it is for expats in places like Panama, Nicaragua, Belize and Mexico, Best Places In The World to Retire asked some of its more than 500 contributors to weigh in. They said that petty crime can be a problem, although that’s no different than in the U.S. They also said that more serious crime is not nearly as rampant as the media indicates, although it’s important to avoid certain areas. That’s also no different than in the U.S. Overall, the expats said that they felt safe in their communities. Property Crime vs. Violent Crime The expat contributors divided the subject into two categories: crimes against property, such as having a camera, smartphone or other possession stolen, and crimes against a person, including violent crimes, like assault, rape or murder. The majority of expats said that crimes against property are somewhat higher where they live in Latin America than in similar-type locations and situations in North America. However, by about the same margin, most expats said that crimes against people were less likely where they lived in Latin America than in North America, especially in the U.S. Audrey Royem, formerly from Colorado and now living in Sayulita, a town close to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico said that most of the crimes in her area were smaller scale or robberies that could possible have been avoided with more vigilance. “The crime that you see here is usually petty theft; house robberies where there’s lack of protection or a tourist who leaves the house totally open and all of their valuables out,” Royern said. “We do not really hear of any other type of crime, even the type of crimes that we’re used to...

SEDECO has launched a new website in English called “Invest in Baja”

SEDECO has launched a new website in English called “Invest in Baja”

Mar 29, 2016

The Ministry of Economic Development of Baja California (Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico de Baja California: SEDECO) has launched a new website in English called “Invest in Baja“. This initiative enables potential investors insight into the advantages and benefits that the state offers. Strategic Location The state of Baja California is located in the northwest of Mexico, in the northern part of the peninsula. It has a common border with the U.S.A. with a length of 253 Km. sharing boundaries with the states of California and Arizona. Given the geographical characteristics, a business atmosphere has been generated that contributes to investment, establishing the binational Mega-Region known as Cali-Baja (San Diego and Imperial in California, United States of America/Baja California, in Mexico), which offers immediate access to North American markets as well as to global markets at the pacific coast (acting as a catalyst to emerging markets of Latin America), combining individual skills, industrial competitiveness, access to the markets, research and development and the quality of life that this region offers, resulting in unique opportunities that add value to the investors’ projects. Industrial Infrastructure There is currently a tendency directly oriented to the intensification of production processes based on state-of-the-art technology. The economic relationship with the United States and the presence of Foreign Investments allow for new production processes. The Ministry of Economic Development of Baja California has launched a new website in English called “Invest in Baja”. This initiative enables potential investors insight into the advantages and benefits that the state offers Through the Entrepreneurial Development Policy, our State´s private sector has a clear vision of the activities that shall be conducted in order to further various areas of Baja California. The State Government has implemented specific strategies to promote the integration of productive chains by means of programs for the development of suppliers, aiming to generate a greater impact on the value chain of the different productive processes of companies located in the region. The private sector in Baja California is in transition, from the manufacturing of generic products, basic packaging and assembling, for the creation of value added processes such as manufacturing, research and development of strategic products, as well as their distribution,...

Baja California State government announces scholarships for masters and Phd’s abroad

Baja California State government announces scholarships for masters and Phd’s abroad

Mar 25, 2016

The State Government through the Council for Science and Technological Innovation (COCITBC) and the National Science Council (CONACYT), offers 20 Graduate Scholarships to professionals from Baja California who wish to study master’s and PhDs abroad. This was announced by Alfredo Babún Villarreal, Head of the COCITBC, on March 10th, during a press conference. The official said the State Development Plan 2014-2019 prompted by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid is looking to prepare and train specialized scientific staff in order to boost regional competitiveness in the fields of research and development. Scholarships comprehend strategic sectors such as Biotechnology, Health Sciences and Technologies, Social Science and Public Policy (Ph.D. only), Hydrocarbons and alternative energy sources, Mechatronics and advanced manufacturing, New materials and Nanotechnology and Information Technologies and telecommunications. The scholarships include tuition at the elected University to an annual maximum of 300 thousand pesos and living expenses for the student according to the tab set by CONACYT, plus medical care  and aerial transportation. COCIT Holder added that the invitation is open for all faculty members, graduates and researchers from every company, university and research center in the state of Baja California. The deadline for entries is May 27 and the bases are available in www.bajacalifornia.gob.mx/sedeco; or those interested can send an email to the address: becasposgrado@baja.gob.mx The evaluation and selection process will be carried out by a team of renowned researchers and representatives of strategic sectors of SEDECO. Babún Villarreal said that currently there are 6 individuals that took part of the last edition, of which 5 performed masters and one doctorate at the Universities of Granada, Spain; Cardiff in the United Kingdom; University of Technology in Eindhoven in the Netherlands; Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space in France and the United States at San Diego State University and the School of Public Health of Colorado....

PROFECO suspends “Baja Cantina” restaurant in Los Cabos due to discrimination

PROFECO suspends “Baja Cantina” restaurant in Los Cabos due to discrimination

Mar 24, 2016

In the municipality of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor: PROFECO), closed down the restaurant “Baja Cantina” for displaying a “We reserve the right of admission” sign. According to PROFECO’s Attorney General Ernesto Nemer, activities at restaurant Baja Cantina were suspended due to discriminatory practices against local consumers. This establishment is located right in the heart of Los Cabos hotel zone. Along with the sign on the wall, “Baja Cantina” also displayed a legend on its menu informing the public that they “reserve the right of admission to the restaurant“, and therefore, PROFECO officials proceeded to shut down the business and place the “suspended” stamps on its doors. Attorney Nemer urged all service providers in Los Cabos to “eliminate irregularities”, and avoid discriminatory practices against Mexican nationals. During an inspection through the most exclusive part of Los Cabos hotel zone, the prosecutor’s office authorities placed the “suspended” stamps on a hotel entrance, because they were not publicly displaying local currency rates, exchange rates or accomodations price list....

Governor Kiko Vega de la Madrid promotes Baja California strategic projects in Asia

Governor Kiko Vega de la Madrid promotes Baja California strategic projects in Asia

Mar 23, 2016

Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid and the Baja California state delegation met with directors of the most prominent company in the field of infrastructure and in charge of the world’s largest cargo terminal as well as with businessmen and diplomats at the Mexican consulate in Hong Kong. As part of the working trip  through Asia, in which he is promoting the most important strategic projects in Baja California and its benefits, in order to attract investment. Governor Francisco Vega visited the company Cathay Pacific Services, considered the world’s largest cargo terminal, where he was received by CEO, Kevin Ko, to tour the facilities and observe closely the operation of the terminal having an annual capacity of 2.6 million tons of cargo. In this context, Vega de Lamadrid announced the promotion of project cargo airport Ojos Negros and the railway between Tecate and Ensenada, highlighting the opportunity to trigger investments in the region. In addition, the delegation of the State Government accompanied by the Consul General of Mexico in Hong Kong, Alicia Buenrostro Massieu, visited the company Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited, which is the largest infrastructure company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. During the meeting, the executive director Kam Hing Lam showed special interest in recent strategic projects that are being developed in Baja California, such as the desalination plants, the binational bridge and plans in the medium and long term as the modernization of El Sauzal route rail and the Ojos Negros cargo airport. After the meeting, the CEO requested a second work hearing to properly follow up the agenda. Also as part of this agenda, the governor Vega de Lamadrid met with the consul Buenrostro Massieu and representatives of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for the 50th anniversary of the Mexican Consulate, where he held talks with Mexican businessmen to share their experiences in the Asian industry and market prospects, in addition to let them know abour his administration’s strategies to boost the industrial sector in the state of Baja California. During the hearing, the consul delivered a message of gratitude to the state executive, reiterated its full support in Hong Kong and wished him good luck in what will be his next diplomatic...