October 14, 2014
For nearly two years, President Enrique Pena Nieto has sought to direct the Mexican public’s gaze onto his efforts to open the economy and away from the brutal gang violence that blighted his predecessor’s government. But shocking abuses by security forces are overshadowing his economic reforms and threaten to ruin his efforts to recast Mexico as a country of progress and promise for investors. Two recent atrocities and a brace of political murders have torn the veneer of calm Pena Nieto had carefully built around his economic agenda since he took office in December 2012.
September 22, 2014
Mexico is going to lead processes of change in Latin America, which has ceased to be an arena of economic crises, coups and various political issues in recent years, the country’s President Enrique Peña Nieto said during a trip to New York. “Mexico wants to be at the top of these changes, and in the two years that I was in office, we decided to take a deep modernization that will allow us to move [forward] and change the character of our country,” El Universal quoted the president as saying when he was awarded the Citizen of the World prize by US nongovernmental organization The Atlantic Council on Sunday.
September 3, 2014
09/01/14 The Wall Street Journal
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he would present to Congress Monday proposals for a new law to protect children and adolescents, including measures to curb a growing problem of bullying in schools and actions to protect unaccompanied underage migrants. Speaking at an event in which his government outlined programs aimed at eradicating child labor, Mr. Peña Nieto said he would for the first time submit the proposal as a preferential bill, which means legislators will have 30 days to act on it. The use of preferential bills avoids the possibility of the proposal being shelved in Congress, or its debate and approval or rejection dragged out for months. Mr. Peña Nieto didn’t use preferential bills for any of his previous initiatives, which included major overhauls of education, telecommunications, energy and banking laws.
August 21, 2014
08/20/14 Financial Times. By Enrique Peña Nieto
Mexico’s reform agenda is now complete. Eleven structural reforms were passed by congress over the past 20 months.
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August 12, 2014
08/11/14 Los Angeles Times
President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday signed into law Mexico’s landmark energy reform legislation and announced that his government could name as early as this week the first oil and gas fields that will be opened up to foreign investors.
“It is the moment to put the energy reform into action,” Peña Nieto said in an elaborate signing ceremony at the National Palace.
August 11, 2014
President Enrique Pena Nieto formally opened Mexico’s state-controlled energy industry to private investment, saying the nation will accelerate steps for the first round of private contracts.
Pena Nieto signed legislation today that completes steps to end the monopoly on energy production held by state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos since 1938. The law sets guidelines for private companies seeking to produce oil and electricity, and allows the government to assume pension liabilities from Pemex and the state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad.
August 11, 2014
08/09/14 The Economist
FEW governments can truly claim to be radical. The administration of Enrique Peña Nieto is on its way to joining this rare breed. The Mexican president came to office in late 2012, promising big changes to the way the country was run. The legislative phase of this reform process is now complete. Next comes implementation.
Much has been done in the past 20 months. Mexico has the lowest tax take in the OECD as a percentage of GDP: a fiscal reform has started to broaden its sources of revenues. Measures to shake up the telecoms and broadcasting industries last month prompted América Móvil, the monopolistic telecoms firm owned by Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, to announce it will divest assets to avoid antitrust pricing regimes. Teachers will face more scrutiny, banks more competition.