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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Mexico’s government is expected on Wednesday to present long-awaited legislation to flesh out an energy reform that is the central pillar of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plan to ramp up growth in Latin America’s No. 2 economy. Passed in December, the energy overhaul ends the state’s 75-year-old oil and gas monopoly and aims to generate billions of dollars worth of private investment in Mexico, the world’s 10th biggest producer of crude oil.
The so-called secondary laws are needed to set regulations and other rules for the implementation of the reform, and the government had hoped to present them weeks ago. However, disputes with an increasingly divided opposition delayed the process.
The government is keen to present the laws before the current session of Congress ends on Wednesday and lawmakers in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had said they would be presented late on Tuesday or on Wednesday.
President Enrique Peña Nieto said last year’s telecommunications overhaul “is key to boosting the competitiveness” of Mexico’s economy, even as various sectors allege the package’s proposed enabling legislation – currently before the Senate – threatens freedom of expression.
During the award ceremony for the 2014 National Entrepreneur Prize, the president said high-quality telecommunications are a strategic input and businesses and entrepreneurs must have access to them at internationally competitive rates. His remarks came as a Mexican Senate committee is debating a package of enabling laws presented by Peña Nieto’s administration in March to accompany the overhaul, which amended Article 28 of the Mexican constitution.
The case against six Mexican military officers accused of colluding with the Beltran Leyva drug cartel may be falling apart as federal prosecutors under new President Enrique Peña Nieto have reportedly admitted they lack sufficient evidence to back up the government’s allegations.
The prosecutors’ statement to a federal judge presiding over the criminal case was included in court documents obtained by the newspaper Reforma and published Tuesday. A representative of the Mexican attorney general’s office would not comment.
America Movil (AMXL.MX), the telecom giant controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, announced a deal that will boost his access to Mexico’s advertising market even as local regulators block Slim from offering pay television services. Slim’s America Movil generates hefty advertising revenue from its dominant TV business outside of Mexico but it has been denied access to the local broadcast market because of competition concerns.
The deal with Mexican entertainment company CIE will give Slim an advertising unit valued at 1,668 million Mexican pesos ($131.65 million), CIE said. Neither company disclosed the terms of the deal.
El Universal, 1/16/2013
Los estados de Yucatán, Campeche e Hidalgo aprobaron la reforma educativa en sus congresos locales, por lo que los cambios a la Constitución quedaron avalados. Con estos estados, suman 18 las entidades que dieron su aval a la reforma enviada por el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y que fue avalada por el Congreso de la Unión. En Yucatán, los 25 diputados del Congreso (15 del PRI, 7 del PAN, 2 del PRD y 1 del PVEM) aprobaron por unanimidad las reformas a la Constitución Política sobre la reforma educativa.
Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, recently enacted a law to compensate victims of drug violence. It also sets up a national registry to record the crimes. Host Michel Martin discusses the new law with Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch.