Death and corruption prove that the idea of a new Mexico was a mirage

November 18, 2014

11/15/14 The Guardian

Mexican Flag XXLIn Mexico, we are now living the end of a dream. In fact, it was always a mirage – the “Mexican moment” as it was called – created with the help of an intense campaign of public relations, a momentary economic surge, massaged statistics claiming a reduction in violence and reforms that, until now, exist only on paper. Then there is the well-groomed presidential figure of Enrique Peña Nieto. He framed himself not only as a reformer but as the very saviour of Mexico. Incredibly, he was honoured by an international press that is now flaying him. Since late September, the world has seen the raw, true face of the “moment”. Three students from a rural teachers’ college in Ayotzinapa were murdered and another 43 “disappeared” on 26 September in the city of Iguala, demonstrating collusion at all levels of the government with organised crime. It also showed the failure of Peña Nieto to guarantee peace, law and justice, each one elemental for the existence of a viable state.

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Mexico: How Much Has Changed

January 24, 2014

Mexico BricksThe Huffington Post, 01/23/2014

There are those would say that present-day Mexico is an example of the famous phrase of Giuseppe di Lampedusa (about Sicily of the Risorgimento) that everything has changed so that everything may go on just as it was. And others say that Mexico has not changed at all. I disagree with both views. I have been a witness — from various perspectives — to my country’s political life for almost fifty years and I am quite sure of one thing: Mexico has really changed.

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Mexico in 2014: Can Peña Nieto Consolidate Reform?

January 3, 2014

Enrique Pena NietoBy Duncan Wood

CNN, 1/3/2014

Last year will go down as an extraordinary, historic year in Mexico. A number of structural and political reforms that had been pending for 15 years were approved by the country’s Congress addressing education, labor markets, telecoms competition, financial regulation, fiscal affairs, elections rules and energy. The government of Enrique Peña Nieto remained the darling of international investors throughout the year, and received record levels of foreign direct investment in the first year of its mandate, by following through on his promised reform agenda and delivering the legislation needed to prepare Mexico for a more competitive global economic environment. His ruling PRI (Revolutionary Institutional Party) showed coherence and unity throughout the year, and the other major parties agreed to work closely with the PRI to secure legislative progress.

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Interview: “The Economy is Growing due to NAFTA”

January 2, 2014

NAFTAInterview with Luis de la Calle, a Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member

Reforma, 1/2/2014

With the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico is better today than it was 20 years ago, Luis de la Calle asserts.

A key actor in the agreement’s negotiations when he served as Minister of Trade Issues for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC, he observes that the next step is for the country to convert into a North American export platform.

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Op-Ed: NAFTA and Open Regionalism

January 2, 2014

120px-North_America_(orthographic_projection).svgBy Christopher Wilson and Duncan Wood

Excelsior, 1/2/2014

With the North American Free Trade Agreement completing 20 years, it is a good moment to reflect and look toward the region’s future and its place in the world economy.

It is important to recognize that NAFTA was a first-generation free trade agreement, originally conceived in the 1980s, and for that reason it was very limited.

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Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto Is Leading An Oil Revolution Worth Billions – Op Ed

October 31, 2013

PemexForbes, 10/31/2013

Despite the drug war and immigration morass, America’s southern neighbor is on the cusp of its greatest economic transformation in a century, thanks to the courageous oil reforms of its new president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

It has been another year of horrible headlines for Mexico. Three hurricanes wracked the country, causing historic floods that killed hundreds and caused billions in damage. The drug war continues, with more than 60,000 killed since 2006 as cartels vie for their cut of $10 billion a year in narco-cash. More than 200,000 illegal immigrants from Mexico are still deported by the U.S. each year. And after rebounding from the 2008 crash, and even luring away manufacturing jobs from China, Mexico has seen its annual economic growth rate sag to less than 1.5%.

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Political reform seen as key for approval of Mexico’s energy and fiscal reforms

October 29, 2013

Photo by Flickr user Angelica RiveraBNAmericas, 10/28/2013

The agreement on a political reform bill by the three main political parties in Mexico will likely prove crucial for the approval of the planned energy and fiscal reforms, said Nomura Securities in a research note.

Nomura sees political reform as a “bridge” to energy and fiscal reforms and if the bridge collapses, “fiscal or energy reforms would not be implemented.”

One of the chief obstacles for political reform has been that each party has its own version of measures and changes that such a reform should include, the investment bank said. It also noted that divisions within some parties have also translated into several proposals for a political reform.

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