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Mexico & USA in the 21st Century
Mexico is one of the largest economies in the world surpassing countries such as Australia and Belgium. Mexico had an estimated GDP of $1.3 trillion in 2009. One of the participants in NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), Mexico is the second largest trading partner to the USA and the largest trading partner with California. Mexico is a key country for US businesses looking to expand internationally.
Mexico is the former homeland of millions of US families and millions of immigrants. The 2000 US Census figures estimate that 12% of the US population, 32.8 million, is Hispanic with 66.1% being of Mexican origin. This segment of the population increased roughly 38% from 1990 and is one of the fastest growing populations in the country.
Government and state agencies are responding to the needs of Hispanics whose leaders are moving into top government positions in the USA. Public institutions such as libraries are also seeking ways to reach out and serve the Hispanic population.
Mexico telephone directories can fill a vital need for Hispanics of Mexican origin now residing in the USA. Years ago, the Yellow Pages had a slogan "Let your fingers do the walking". As the Internet grows in popularity in the USA, the general population and, in some fashion, public institutions are moving away from the printed telephone directory.
However, the above slogan is very applicable for Mexico. Only a small percentage of Mexican households have a computer. Significant public internet use comes instead from students at university computer centers, internet rooms at computer stores or cyber cafes.
In Mexico the telephone book is THE source for business advertising and government listings. Businesses know that if they are going to reach their potential customers, they must be in the Mexico telephone directory. Relatively few businesses are willing to invest to be online. And as many businesses in the USA have learned, just being on the internet does not ensure that potential customers can even locate one's business.
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As of November 17, 2001 Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) implemented new AREA CODE DESIGNATIONS for all cities in Mexico.
All international calls into Mexico must utilize the new area codes. Mexico's three largest cities now have 2 digits:
The purpose of these changes is to harmonize the number of digits utilized in telephone numbers throughout Mexico. As of November 17 2001 all telephone numbers will be 10 digits: a 3 digit area code, and a 7 digit local telephone number.
Libraries should replace all Mexico Phone Books older than 2001. Customers who use the directories to find telephone numbers to businesses and government agencies in Mexico may find the telephone number is no longer valid. In fact, we receive e-mails every week from around the world from people who have old numbers that now do not work.
Fact: Tijuana was originally assigned the area code 666. Local business organizations forced Cofetel to change this to 664. 2002 telephone directories reflected this change. Many 2001 directories mistakenly listed Tijuana with the area code 666. Some Internet sites still have the incorrect area code listing of 666. Savvy business people use the most current Mexico phone books to avoid inaccurate information from other sources.
On Mexico's Four Largest Cities
There has been important population and economic growth in the major Mexico cities. This growth has resulted in changes in the telephone directories covering these areas. Cities with the greatest changes are Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana.
Mexico City is considered to be the most populous metropolitan area on earth, with 21.7 million inhabitants. The dramatic increase in population in the last several years is due to a heavy influx of people from southern states to areas surrounding Mexico City and expansion of the commercial sector.
Many years ago, there were four phone books, two volumes of Yellow Pages and two volumes of White Pages published for Mexico City. Titled Ciudad de Mexico, these directories covered most of Mexico City. These phone books are still available today but only cover about half of the city. As Mexico City has increased in population, the number of phone books has also increased.
Eleven telephone directories are now published to cover this high density urban area. The original four directories have remained nearly the same size for several years. Instead several new phone books have been published. These directories cover key areas of Mexico City such as the upscale area of Polanco. These new directories have been expanding in size over the last several years.
The areas of Mexico City covered by their own telephone directory are not small or poorly populated. Each phone book lists thousands of businesses. People live, shop and buy within their own area of Mexico City. For example, residents of Del Valle will not generally load up the family to drive across Mexico City to Linda Vista when many of the same shops and stores are already in Del Valle.
Mexico City is comprised of several, sometimes confusing, jurisdictional areas. The largest jurisdiction is the Distrito Federal with a population of 10 million. The Distrito Federal (known to Mexicans simply as "DF") is the Federal Capital of Mexico and in turn is comprised of 16 Delegaciones, or Districts, each with its own police, schools, fire department, etc. For example, Delegación Coyoacan, in the southern part of DF, has its own mayor and police department.
Surrounding the Distrito Federal on three sides are over 15 distinct Municipalities coming under the jurisdiction of the State of Mexico, whose capital is Toluca. For example, the densely populated and important Ciudad Satelite lies just inside the State of Mexico but is actually considered part of Mexico City.
Guadalajara, capital of the State of Jalisco, is now the second largest metropolitan area in Mexico with 4.5 millions. Known as the Silicon Valley of Mexico, high tech industrial growth is adding thousands of jobs to the local economy, which in turn helps fuel migration to the state.
Guadalajara has three main telephone directories. However, as with many other large cities in Mexico, these three phone books are not expanding to include residents and businesses in the suburban and outlying areas. More and more, new directories are being created to cover the fast growing cities surrounding Mexico's largest cities.
There are now three additional directories that cover the expanding cities around Guadalajara. These new areas are the sites of dynamic economic growth and of opportunity for companies that want to capture new business.
Monterrey is Mexico's second most important industrial center after Mexico City, and the gateway for commerce from the USA. This capital of the state of Nuevo Leon is in the far North of Mexico and is across from the US state of Texas.
Six telephone directories are now required to adequately cover this fast expanding city. Automotive, steel, cement, and glass have long been the mainstays of the Monterrey economy, which has experienced strong growth over the past several years due to NAFTA trade and expansion.
Tijuana, in the northwestern state of Baja California, is the national center of the maquiladora industry. There are four directories that cover Tijuana, Mexico's fourth largest city with over 2 million people, and the surrounding region. Currently, there are more than 1,000 foreign companies from Korea, Japan, and the USA with manufacturing plants in Tijuana.
Although employment at the maquiladoras has subsided considerably due in part to the recent economic slump worldwide, Tijuana is still a magnet for migration from the poorer southern states with little job creation.
The population of Tijuana is expanding rapidly east. Manufacturing plants are opening in Tecate and El Florido, formerly a vacant valley between Tijuana and Tecate, is now a prominent industrial area.
The tourist industry has expanded beyond Tijuana to Rosarito, now a municipality, and further south to Ensenada, a key port for cruise ships such as Carnival. Meanwhile, most state government business, permits, and licenses are issued in Mexicali, the state capital located east of Tecate.