Mexican President lists Ten Measures
to Confront Challenges
of the Mexican Presidency
President Enrique Peña Nieto, at the Nation Palace on September 2, delivered his message with regard to the Third State
of the Government Report (Informe).
While renewing his commitment to the process of change,
the President predicted: "That which now comes is to positively transform the daily life of millions of Mexicans."
To achieve this, he committed himself to support
the national will "of being better each day; we will not be satisfied with that achieved, but aspire to go further."
Thus, he announced ten new measures to deal with
Mexico's major national challenges:
First: We will work with Congress in order
to solidify new laws to fight crime, corruption and impunity, as well as to protect human rights.
Second: Heeding a recommendation from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, a national dialogue between
representatives of civil society, authorities of the three levels of government, and publicly empowered authorities, will
be promoted in order to come to a National Accord for Daily Justice.
"This Pact for
Justice in Mexico will be the best way to honor the centennial of our Constitution, in 2017," said President Peña
Third: An initiative, the Federal Law for Special Economic Zones, will be sent to Congress to promote
development in the most backward regions of the country. These areas will have access to a regulatory framework and special incentives in order
to increase productivity, create more jobs, and generate new productive opportunities.
Fourth: In the Expenditures Budget Plan of 2016,
the creation of a new Support Program to Small Producers will be proposed. The objective is to strengthen the productive capacities
of farmers, ranchers and fishermen in the poorest rural areas of Mexico.
Fifth: In order to improve
public school facilities nationwide, Educational Infrastructure Bonds will be issued in the Mexican Stock Exchange. This new
financial instrument will be able to channel additional resources to educational institutions on the order of 50 billion pesos,
from now to 2018. Added to budgeted resources, this will represent the largest investment that Mexico has made in order to
dignify public schools.
Sixth: The Expenditures
Budget Plan of 2016 will include a proposal to create a National English
Program, for students in basic education.
Seventh: A bill will be introduced for the creation of a new State institution: the Ministry of Culture. "With this
decision, the Government confirms that culture is a national priority to promote the well-being and integral development of
Mexicans," the President said.
Eighth: In order to maintain
economic stability that protects the well-being of the population, the Expenditures
Budget Plan of 2016 will be responsible and realistic. Programs to combat
poverty, (improve) public security, and promote economic growth, as well as those for investments in higher education, science
and technology, will have priority. As well, investment spending will give priority to projects that are already underway,
and to those that assure a greater social and economic impact.
Ninth: With the renewed international confidence
in Mexico, and in order to accelerate national development, two new financial instruments will be created: FIBRA E and Investment
Projects Certificates, in order to launch infrastructure projects in various sectors, including energy.
Tenth: Considering the current economic environment, the Expenditures
Budget Plan of 2016 will have strict austerity measures. Within this framework,
government agencies and entities will decrease their administrative and operational spending, and they will increase investment
for the well-being and progress of Mexicans.
Summing up, President Enrique Peña
Nieto said that "these ten measures have clear objectives: to strengthen the rule of law, to boost economic growth, and
to fight inequality."
"These will precisely
be the priorities that we will have for the second half of this administration," he concluded.
Presidency of the Republic, Sep. 2, 2015, Mexico, DF; edited translation