2 responses to “Making it happen — An entrepreneur’s perspective: Mexico”

  1. Emile Potolsky

    Dear Editor,

    I appreciated reading this interview because it gave me an insight into not only the life of an entrepreneur, but also a very personal side of somebody living and working in Mexico. I think this kind of article is useful for supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs throughout the world, especially in developing countries.

    One thing though, I would have liked to see more of an extensive interview, since there are obviously many more aspects of business that play into being a successful entrepreneur, again, particularly in developing countries where it is often that governments may not allow entrepreneurship to thrive. How then, in this case, has the Mexican government allowed or hindered this businessman, and is it difficult in general for Mexican businessmen to be successful? Does the government push for environmentally responsible policies, etc?

    The articles in Making It are very interesting, but need to be developed to really let the reader know how to take entrepreneurship into their own hands, and be successful.

    Thank you!

  2. Alberto González

    Having been both a Mexican entrepreneur and an employee at the Mexican Ministry of Trade (Secretaría de Economía), I appreciate your article very much. Having the voice of direct job creators like Mr. Maauad is very useful.
    Becoming an entrepreneur in Mexico has become much easier than in the past thanks especially to much easier access to credit. The interest rates though, could be better. Paperwork to start a business remains a bit more burdensome than in most other OECD countries although, once you are set, the operation is smooth. There are several government programmes to foster competitiveness in R&D, exports and productivity.
    The government does push for environmentally responsible policies, which are in line with those of other OECD countries. Mexico’s own market of 112 million, its geographical position next to the US, its abundant educated labour force and its free trade agreements with more than 40 countries make it an attractive place to start a business.