Mexican President’s Office Denies He Gave Developer Favors

January 22, 2015

1/22/15 Bloomberg 

Enrique Pena NietoMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office and a construction company whose owner sold him a house in a resort town when he was a state governor in 2005 denied that the relationship resulted in special favors for the firm. Pena Nieto acquired the house in Ixtapan de la Sal legally and had reported it as part of his asset disclosure statement, according to a press release Wednesday. Pena Nieto isn’t involved in the awarding of public contracts, the president’s office said. Pena Nieto, 48, bought the weekend home in an exclusive golf club from Roberto San Roman weeks after taking office as governor of the State of Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing documents. A presidential spokesman told the paper it was bought at market prices for $372,000. A construction firm started by San Roman has since won $150 million of business from the state and federal government, including at least six no-bid contracts, the newspaper said.

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Border Opens to Mexican Trucks

January 16, 2015

1/12/2015 Vida Latina San Diego

TruckThe United States is preparing to open the border to Mexican long-haul truckers, allowing those who qualify for permits to make direct deliveries from Mexico to U.S. destinations — a measure stipulated more than two decades ago under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish a formal announcement this week inviting Mexican companies to apply.

Supporters in United States and Mexico are praising the move as an important step toward the economic integration of the two countries and Canada that was envisioned at NAFTA’s signing in 1994.

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Why the U.S.-Mexico Relationship Matters

January 6, 2015

1/6/2015 Politico

By Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Pena NietoThe United States and Mexico have enjoyed a unique and flourishing relationship over the past decades. I am delighted to start 2015 by visiting Washington, D.C., and embarking on new ways in which Mexico and the United States can strengthen our ties in order to make North America the most prosperous and competitive region in the world.

Our countries have an intense economic relationship that is spread over a myriad of areas. Since the beginning of my administration, I have worked with President Barack Obama to create bilateral mechanisms that harness the full potential of our relationship. We are already seeing concrete results from the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), the Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the 21st Century Border Action Plan of 2014.

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Obama Seeking Pena Nieto’s Help in Pressing for Opening of Cuba

January 6, 2015

1/6/2015 Bloomberg

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoPresident Barack Obama wants to enlist Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in pressuring Cuba to move toward democracy now that the U.S. is opening the relationship.

Cuba will be among the topics of discussion when Pena Nieto arrives Tuesday for his first White House meeting with Obama since taking office, along with Mexico’s security situation and U.S. immigration law, according to an administration official.

Obama is seeking to leverage Mexico’s longstanding ties to Cuba as the U.S. seeks to end more than a half-century of estrangement from the island nation 90 miles (145 kilometers) off the coast of Florida, according to the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to preview the talks.

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Mexico 2014 in Review

January 5, 2015

12/31/2014 Mexico Institute

By Eugenio Weigend and Juanita Islas

mexican flagAs 2014 has ended and 2015 has begun, let’s review Mexico’s 2014. Check out our interactive timeline featuring the major stories of the year by clicking here.

¿De qué hablarán Obama y EPN?

December 29, 2014

12/27/2014 El Universal

obama_nieto_featureEl 6 de enero se reunirán los presidentes Enrique Peña Nieto y Barack Obama en la Casa Blanca en Washington, para revisar puntos de la agenda bilateral. Es la tercera visita que realiza el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto a Estados Unidos, pero su primera a Washington, para una reunión presidencial, que da seguimiento de las dos visitas que ha realizado el presidente Barack Obama a México para reunirse con su homólogo mexicano.

Ambos mandatarios se encuentran en momentos difíciles de sus respectivas administraciones; Peña Nieto con la serie de crisis nacionales que ya se conocen,y Obama por la inauguración en las mismas fechas de un Congreso dominado por la oposición. A pesar de estos retos, la reunión tiene por lo menos cuatro temas en la agenda de suma importancia para ambos países.

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This article was written by Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

Sugar buyers’ slam NAFTA sugar pact, shift focus to Australia, Canada

December 23, 2014

Reuters 12/22/2014


The United States and Mexico have signed a deal that will eliminate tariffs on imports of sugar from Mexico, but establish minimum prices and caps on the amount of different types of sugar that can be exported.

“With the stroke of a pen, these agreements dismantle the unrestricted free trade of sugar between the United States andMexico since 2008 and undermine the core principles of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),” the Sweetener Users Association (SUA) said in an emailed statement on Saturday.

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