Headlines from Mexico

April 24, 2015

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1. Mexico’s Congress passed an anti-corruption law that will give new powers to the Federal Audit Office and the Ministry of Public Administration. It will also create a special court to oversee corruption-related cases.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada

2. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is planning to spend US$550 million on a tire plant in Mexico. The plant will begin its operations in 2017 and they will primarily serve the domestic market. This announcement comes after Toyota, Ford and Volkwagon announced their expansion plans in Mexico.

Read More: El Universal

3. The Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) has recognized that poverty levels among Mexicans are similar to the poverty levels in 1992 (based on data from 2012);despite the establishment of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs during this period such as Oportunidades and Prospera.

Read More: La Jornada

4. The Ministry of Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong announced the appointment of Roberto Campa as the Undersecretary of Human Rights.

Read More: La Jornada, Excelsior, Milenio

5. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein has been invited to visit the country.

Read More: El Universal


Fired Mexico Radio Host Suffers Legal Setback in Reinstatement Bid

April 24, 2015

Fox News Latino, 4/23/2015

carmen-aristeguiPopular Mexican radio and TV host Carmen Aristegui suffered a setback in her bid for reinstatement by MVS Radio when a court ruled that the outlet has no obligation to reach an accord with the fired investigative journalist.

The Federal Judiciary Council, or CJF, the top administrative body of Mexico’s judiciary, said in a statement that the Mexico City court on Wednesday unanimously overturned a judge’s April 13 ruling that required MVS to sit down with Aristegui and reach an agreement on their contractual differences.

That meeting was to have taken place on Friday in the presence of mediator Jose Woldenberg, but the new ruling cancels that scheduled sit-down.

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Law Will Let Some Foreign Agents Carry Weapons in Mexico

April 24, 2015

Reuters, 4/23/2015

youth with handgunMexico’s congress approved on Thursday a reform that lets some foreign agents carry arms inside the country, a significant change in a nation that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty.

Under the law, foreign customs and migration agents will be allowed to carry guns in previously established zones. Also, foreign leaders or heads of state will be able to enter Mexico with armed security details.

Officials say the presence of foreign agents in Mexico will speed up the joint inspection process and facilitate the flow of goods and people across borders. They also say foreign customs and migration agents at times need guns to guarantee their security given the problems of drug and human trafficking.

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Drug Cartel Violence Flares Again in Northern Mexico State

April 24, 2015

Reuters, 4/23/2015

gun - crime sceneDrug cartel violence in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state flared up for the second time in a week on Wednesday, with gun battles and arson attacks erupting in the street after police captured four alleged drug gang members.

The detainees, whose identity is still unknown, are from the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico’s oldest drug trafficking groups, also known for kidnappings and immigrant trafficking.

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Upcoming Event: The Future of Renewable Energy and Climate Change Policy in Mexico

April 22, 2015

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceWHEN: Tuesday, April 28th, 9:00am-10:30am

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Click here to RSVP.

Mexico’s recent Energy Reform marked a big change in terms of investment and opportunities in oil and gas. However, the comprehensive package of legislation was also aimed to incentivize and accelerate the change towards the production of goods and services based on renewable energies. Mexico has great potential to develop a wide range of renewable energies including solar energy, hydroelectric, geothermal, bioenergy, and wind energy.

What’s more, in March of this year, Mexico became the first developing nation to formally promise to cut its carbon emissions, a potential milestone in efforts to reach a worldwide agreement on tackling climate change. Together with the United States’ commitment to cut emissions by 26-28%, Mexico’s commitment to a 25% reduction by 2030 builds on legislation passed by the nation’s congress to reduce emissions and generate more electricity from renewable sources.

With these developments in mind, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is delighted to host Mexico’s Under Secretary of Energy Planning and Transition, Leonardo Beltrán, who will speak on both Mexico’s energy reform process and the prospects for renewable energy and carbon gas emissions reductions. At the same time, we are proud to launch our new publication “Renewable Energy in Mexico’s Northern Border Region,” which analyzes the current renewable energy situation in the north of the country and potential opportunities to engage in a productive relationship with the private and the public sectors in the United States. Jonathan Pinzón, one of the report’s authors and the Chief Operating Officer of GreenMomentum, will present the report’s findings and discuss the current state of renewables in Mexico. Our event will also feature comments from Hector Castro Vizcarra, the Embassy’s Minister for Energy Affairs.

Speakers

Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez
Under Secretary of Energy Planning and Transition, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy

Hector Castro Vizcarra
Representative of the Secretariat of Energy (SENER) to the Embassy of Mexico in the United States

Jonathan Pinzón
Chief Operating Officer, GreenMomentum

Moderator

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Click here for more information.

A live webcast will be available here


Mexico’s Walmex Reports Higher 1st-qtr Profit

April 22, 2015

Reuters, 4/21/2015

Photo by Flikr user elmadaMexico’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico, on Tuesday reported a 9 percent increase in its first-quarter profit as sales across its stores picked up.

The company reported a profit of 5.174 billion pesos ($339 million), compared with a profit of 4.75 billion pesos in the year-earlier period.

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Mexico Bans Poultry, Egg Imports From Bird Flu-Hit Iowa

April 22, 2015

Fox News, 4/22/2015

Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.

Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top U.S. egg-producing state Iowa.

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