Posts Tagged ‘Enrique Pena Nieto’

Mexico to Take Part in UN Peacekeeping Missions

| September 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Wednesday that his country has decided to participate in U.N. peacekeeping missions again for the first time in decades.

That includes the possibility of sending military personnel, more than 60 years since the last time they were included on such missions.

“With this determination, Mexico, as a responsible actor, takes a historic step in its commitment to the United Nations,” Pena Nieto said.

He said Mexico “supports and values peacekeeping operations, a U.N. instrument that helps countries overcome conflicts and create conditions for lasting peace.”

Pena Nieto’s office said Mexico’s participation would happen gradually and could include both military and civilian personnel, including engineers, health workers, military and political observers and other specialists.

The president’s office said there is no impediment in the constitution and no legislative change will be necessary. Mexican law gives the country’s Senate the power to authorize military deployments beyond the nation’s borders.

According to the ... Read More

Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru: Better Together

| September 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Bloomberg By Michelle Bachelet , Juan Manuel Santos , Enrique Pena Nieto & Ollanta Humala

The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion for our citizens.

Our four countries represent 214 million people, and our economies have a combined gross domestic product of $2.1 trillion, which accounts for 37 percent of Latin America’s total GDP, averaging a 5.1 percent annual growth rate over the past four years. Our foreign trade adds more than $1.13 trillion, and we receive 45 percent of total foreign investment flows in Latin America.

To fulfill our goal of free movement of people, we lifted tourist and business visa requirements for our citizens. Because cultural exchange and education are so important, we put in ... Read More

Mexico Has Reformed Its Energy Sector, Now What?

| September 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

By Dwight Dyer

MEXICO CITY – When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law the enabling reforms for his country’s energy sector last month, it marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise two years in the making. Although Mexico’s Congress last year agreed in principle to the reforms, the secondary laws passed last month actually define the parameters for the reshaped energy sector. Their passage is effectively the green light for private investors—both foreign and domestic—to enter the Mexican energy market.

So what happens next? A number of things all at once. The reforms themselves must be implemented and that means laying the ground rules and sign posts for private investment. Two days after Peña Nieto signed the enabling legislation, the National Hydrocarbon Commission announced which oil fields would be assigned to the state-owned oil company Pemex, which will retain the lion’s share of the country’s proven reserves, and by default ... Read More

Mexico’s Dubious Reforms

| September 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times


MEXICO CITY — Many Mexican politicians are losing sleep lately pondering an enigma: How is it possible that the most important set of governmental reforms in decades has aroused so much enthusiasm abroad and yet so much rejection in Mexico? How is it that, while the groundbreaking reforms were approved by a two-thirds majority of Congress, ordinary Mexicans affirmed in a poll that they believe their country is moving in the wrong direction?

Some observers have compared the scope of Mexico’s reforms with American legislation to combat monopolies initiated by Theodore Roosevelt early in the 20th century. Roosevelt’s program put formal limits on the ownership of railroads, mines, oil resources, and steel and tobacco production. President Enrique Peña Nieto, in the 21 months he has been in office, has set limits on the ... Read More

Enrique Peña Nieto is a charismatic reformer with a popularity problem

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Economist

WATCHING President Enrique Peña Nieto in shirt-sleeves among his whooping, sombrero-wearing supporters is a lot more fun than seeing him as he prefers to be seen: in a suit and tie, with slicked-back hair, deploying all of Mexico’s sash-laden presidential paraphernalia. At a recent meeting in Guadalajara the women call out to him flirtatiously, asking him to pose for selfies. Though many of the men tower over him, he has a strong presence. He beams—even when they break into an old agrarian anthem decrying capitalism.

These are Mr Peña’s people: campesinos (peasant farmers) from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). During his 21 months in power, the president has positioned himself above the fray of party politics, working with the opposition to enact a host of constitutional reforms, in areas from education to energy, designed to modernise Mexico’s economy. But in this setting the old-style politician emerges. The energy reform ... Read More

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity slips despite legislative wins

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
From the Washington Post

By Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez

MEXICO CITY — With movie-star ease and glamour, President ­Enrique Peña Nieto has seemed to feel no pain as he goes about grasping all the third rails of Mexican politics.

Peña Nieto has pushed through the legislative thicket into a new landscape few thought possible: where American oil companies will soon be drilling in Mexican waters and where Carlos Slim’s grip on the telephone monopoly that made him the richest man in the world has slipped.

In all, 85 changes have occurred to the constitution during Peña ­Nieto’s 1 1/2 years in office. Higher taxes on junk food, confrontations with the teachers union and more political positions for women, plus the telecom and energy reforms. He has cobbled together an alliance of the three largest political parties. Foreign investment is high.

Yet his popularity is flagging. A poll released this week by the independent Consulta Mitofsky firm showed that his approval rating had ... Read More

Christie’s Mexico Trip Touches on Trade, Politics

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is multitasking in Mexico, officially talking trade as he gets some foreign policy schooling should he decide to run for president in 2016.

Christie spends his first day meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne, and Sandra Fuentes, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, who helped to plan the trip. He’ll then deliver two speeches, including a keynote address on the relationship between Mexico and the U.S.

The remarks will serve as one of the Republican’s first opportunities to begin to sketch out his policy positions on issues like free trade. In the evening, Christie will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and attend a welcome reception at the ambassador’s residence.

With his state exporting $2 billion worth of goods to Mexico, and tens of thousands of New Jersey jobs relying on the relationship, Christie becomes the latest potential ... Read More

Mexico Turns to Army, Drones for Security

| September 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press

The Mexican government says it is increasingly turning to the use of the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of the once-successful Marine forces.

In an annual report on the state of the nation submitted to Congress Monday, the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto said army patrols had increased 52.2 percent between September and July as compared to the same period of the previous year.

The number of marine patrols decreased 28.3 percent in the same period. The marines have carried out some of the biggest take-downs of major drug lords.

The government also gave one of its first detailed accountings of the use of drones, saying it had flown 149 security drone missions with over 581 hours of flying time.

The report said homicides, especially those relating to organized crime, had dropped over the last year. It said Mexico’s homicide rate for all of 2013 ... Read More

Pemex Granted All Probable Reserves Sought in Oil Opening

| August 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

By Adam Williams

Petroleos Mexicanos, preparing for the end of its 76-year state oil monopoly, was granted rights to all the proved and probable oil reserves it sought for development as Mexico opens its doors to foreign competition.

Pemex, as the state-owned company is known, will maintain 83 percent of the country’s so-called 2p reserves and 21 percent of potential reserves, Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said today in Mexico City. Mexico’s investment in fields will be $50 billion in 2015-2018, he said during a presentation of the non-competitive bidding known as round zero.

The opening of Mexico’s energy industry to private investment is considered to be on a scale with the North American Free Trade Agreement in terms of economic significance, Alberto Ramos, chief Latin America economist at Goldman Sachs, said in an Aug. 7 research note. The energy ministry will now prepare for the first round of open ... Read More

Deal to stop migrants from boarding La Bestia train

| July 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have reached a deal to try to prevent migrants from jumping onto a freight train in an attempt to reach the US, according to Guatemalan officials.

Tens of thousands of migrants stow away on the train, known as La Bestia (The Beast), every year.

Hundreds are injured or killed when they fall under its wheels. Many more are robbed or attacked by gangs.

The three countries said they would establish more checkpoints.

Rising flow

Guatemala’s top immigration official, Alejandra Gordillo, said the deal was reached during meetings between Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and US Vice President Joe Biden.

Mr Biden travelled to Central America last month to try to stem a growing flow of unaccompanied minors from the region to the US.

According to US Homeland Security, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on the US border with Mexico between October 2013 and ... Read More

Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
Yahoo News-01

By Leticia Pineda

Mexico City (AFP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.

Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks that ended with the signing of a raft of deals.

The new agreements included one between Mexican state oil firm Pemex and Japan’s development bank, and another between Pemex and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.

With Japan on the lookout for new power sources after the Fukushima disaster forced the shutdown of its nuclear reactors, energy is high on the prime minister’s agenda for the trip.

Mexico is undergoing sweeping changes in its energy sector, with Congress poised to end struggling Pemex’s 75-year monopoly ... Read More

Is Mexico Doing Enough to Secure Its Southern Border?

| July 18th, 2014 | No Comments »


Sneaking north into Mexico wasn’t easy, according to Brandon, who was 14 years old when he left his hometown in Guatemala last April to rejoin his parents in the United States.

A smuggler hired to get Brandon across the border led him on a five-hour hike across rough terrain and through sweltering heat to avoid Mexican border checkpoints.

“I suffered a lot,” Brandon told Fusion during a recent interview in Virginia. “It was really hot. There were a lot of thorns and my shoes broke. I got blisters on my feet.”

The month-long trip didn’t get any easier after that. The coyote warned Brandon’s group that capture by the Mexican federal police meant deportation or bribery. “He said that if they found us, they would arrest everyone.”

Still, Mexican immigration enforcement was no comparison to what he faced when he entered the U.S. After crossing the Rio Grande border into South Texas, Brandon was ... Read More

Mexico makes promises, but little changes at Guatemala border

| July 17th, 2014 | No Comments »
Dallas News

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Mexico is promising to stem the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. by tightening control at its notoriously porous Guatemalan border.

But messages from the country’s top two leaders in little more than a week have provided few details on how. And the scene on the ground is business as usual.

Dozens of Central Americans who paid $1.50 a head could be seen this week crossing the broad Suchiate River on improvised rafts of inner tubes and wooden boards, in full view of Mexican police on the shore and immigration agents posted on a bridge overhead.

“I don’t see anything has changed,” Guatemalan Luisa Fuentes, 56, said as she rode a raft to Mexico.

La Bestia, a decrepit freight train that takes migrants north from the border state of Chiapas, still carried many riders on its roof.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government says it is catching and deporting far ... Read More

18 meses del sexenio de Peña: 16,174 ejecuciones

| July 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

Podemos decir que quizás alrededor de 60% de los homicidios en México tienen que ver con el crimen organizado.

Por Leo Zuckermann

En mayo de este año aumentaron en 18% las ejecuciones relacionadas con el crimen organizado, comparadas con las del mes inmediato anterior: de 658 en abril, pasamos a 777. Esto, de acuerdo con la base de datos de Lantia, consultora especializada en temas de seguridad. Contabilizando el total de este tipo de homicidios en los primeros 18 meses del sexenio del presidente Peña Nieto, tenemos un total de 16 mil 174, un promedio de 30 por día.

En las cifras de Lantia hay una mala noticia: se revirtió la tendencia de tres meses a la baja en las ejecuciones que había comenzado en febrero de este año. De hecho, en mayo regresamos a casi 800 ejecuciones en el mes, cifra muy similar a la que se dio en febrero. La segunda quincena ... Read More

Cómo Se Dice, “Lost in Translation”?

| July 16th, 2014 | No Comments »
Foreign Policy

On immigration, drugs, and virtually every other pressing policy issue, why can’t the United States and Mexico stop talking past each other?


By now, the number is well known: From October 2013 to June 15 of this year, 52,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers were caught at the American border with Mexico, twice the number for the same period in the previous year. Responding to the influx of young migrants and the public outcry they’ve provoked, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to provide nearly $4 billion to establish new detention facilities, increase aerial surveillance capacity, and hire more immigration judges to speed up the processing of the detained. The proposal has been met with skepticism, not only from Obama’s political opponents, but also from immigration activists who argue that it is yet another example of the U.S. effort to stem the flow of migrants withoutaddressing systemic problems in Central America — gang violence, weak rule ... Read More

Foreigners enthuse over Enrique Peña Nieto’s reforms. Mexicans are warier

| July 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
The Economist

TWENTY years ago Juan Morales shut his beautifully preserved 19th-century mill in Morelos, a village in Coahuila close to the Texan border, after reductions to subsidies made the flour business unprofitable. Now he hopes the mill will get a new lease of life, thanks to a historic energy reform by President Enrique Peña Nieto (pictured). Instead of producing flour, Mr Morales plans to generate electricity, using water from his millstream and a newly acquired power turbine. For the first time he will be able to sell it to the local grid.

Until now, almost all electricity in the country has been generated by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), a state monopoly whose smoke-belching plants in Nava, ten miles (16km) away, guzzle so much coal that there are huge tailbacks of the sooty lorries that deliver it. Like Mr Morales, the CFE has its eyes on a brighter future. According to its ... Read More

Mexico’s Pena Nieto Vows to Help Stop Child Migrant Trafficking

| July 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

By Brendan Case and Eric Martin

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto pledged to help put an end to a surge in child migration from Central America to the U.S., attributing the jump to organized crime gangs that smuggle people across the border.

“We’re discouraging this migration of children,” Pena Nieto said in an interview with Charlie Rose taped June 27 and scheduled to air on PBS last night. “I think most of the times, they’re being victims. This is a consequence of the abuse of criminal gangs that are devoted to trafficking with children, or to take migrants to the United States.”

U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday asked Congress for emergency funds and legal authority to stem the rising flow of children into the U.S. and said legislation may be needed to increase penalties for people smuggling them.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year through June 15, about double the number ... Read More

Why isn’t Mexico’s security strategy working?

| June 12th, 2014 | No Comments »


Key Points:

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto must recognize that security is not a distraction from his economic agenda and that confronting criminal enterprises is indispensable to the nation’s stability and prosperity. Peña Nieto has not implemented an effective security strategy, and his response to drug violence is uncalibrated and improvised. Mexico should respond more effectively to innovative, globalized cartels and be more receptive to US collaboration so that it can counter criminality fueled by US demand for illicit drugs.

President Enrique Peña Nieto came to power in Mexico 18 months ago promising to reform Mexico’s economy to make it more competitive and prosperous. He also stressed the need to change the controversial antidrug strategy pursued by his predecessor, Felipe Calderón.

Although Peña Nieto has made considerable progress on an ambitious economic agenda thus far, he has been slow to articulate, let alone implement, an alternative strategy for dealing ... Read More

Legitimate business unlocks Mexico’s growth

| June 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
Financial Times

By Martin Wolf

If Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, seeks an example of a democratically elected leader embarked on radical reform, he could look to Enrique Peña Nieto. True, the latter is president of a far- smaller country, and a richer one – Mexico’s average standard of living is double India’s, although poor economic performance in recent decades has narrowed the gap substantially. The two countries’ leaders confront related challenges. Both need to generate market-oriented growth in economies that show a huge gulf between a high-productivity formal sector and a low-productivity informal one. Mr Peña Nieto has embarked on bold reforms. Is his the model to be followed?

In a recent study, the McKinsey Global Institute captures Mexico’s dualism nicely. “There is a modern Mexico, a high-speed, sophisticated economy”, it acknowledges. But there is also a “traditional Mexico, a land of sub-scale, low-speed technologically backward, unproductive enterprises, many of which operate outside the formal economy”. ... Read More

Jam mañana

| May 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
The Economist

SO FAR this year Mexico’s government has resembled one of the country’s many devotees of St Jude, patron saint of lost causes. It has doggedly stuck to a 3.9% 2014 growth forecast, even though its main export market, the United States, has been sluggish, and the twin pillars of its domestic economy—buying and building—have fared even worse.

On May 21st the central bank revised its growth prediction down to 2.3-3.3%, from 3-4% previously. The government was expected finally to follow suit on May 23rd, when first-quarter GDP figures were due to be released. Even so, officials are convinced that within months the benefits of its plans to modernise the economy will start to show up in the numbers.

Mexicans have good reason to be sceptical. In President Enrique Peña Nieto’s first year, when he launched an impressive volley of constitutional reforms, the economy grew by a meagre 1.1%. His government said it ... Read More

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