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Ex-Mexico City Mayor Has Some Things To Say

David Simmonds

There is no argument that Mexico has made tremendous strides in many areas the past 20 years. Manufacturing increase has been a huge success and tourists from around the world have come to know Mexico as a top destination. And after 71 years of stagnation with a one-party rule by the PRI, there is now a growing middle-class.

Mexico City specifically is a good example of success, with more theaters and museums than New Your City, and is considered by many to be the capital of Latin America with a vibrant business and social scene. Some of the credit has to go to Marcelo Ebrard, the PRD liberal party mayor from 2006 to 2011. He was voted as “worlds best mayor” in 2010 by the Project World Mayor.

Now Ebrard seems to be positioning himself for a run at the presidency in 2018 citing the need for a change in direction to address some of the country’s failures. Read what he has to say in this article from the Latin American Herald Tribune



President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared that during the first year of the current administration, “We have devoted our determination and our efforts to making the structural changes the country requires to have economic growth and social development,” and to “building the foundations of this great house we want for all Mexicans, where there will be greater well-being and development.”


During his participation in “Mexico Summit 2013: The Next Chapter,” organized by The Economist magazine, President Peña Nieto declared, “This government has not moved one iota away from what it pledged to Mexicans,” adding that work is underway to make the structural changes Mexico requires, “So that on the basis of this, we will be able to rebuild the country we all want for the benefit of all Mexicans with solid foundations.”


He said that in the current political and economic climate in Mexico, and if the transformative reforms that have been promoted materialize, the results of these actions will be seen in the short and medium term.


“I am convinced that next year our economy will grow, and that this will be accompanied by the creation of better conditions for Mexicans. I think we can look forward to the possibility of achieving results and benefits for everyone,” he said.


The president said that the world is recognizing the effort Mexico is making in terms of structural changes, “Because this contrasts with the situation elsewhere.”


He said that a Financial Reform has been promoted which has yet to be fully approved, which modifies 30 legal regulations and seeks to extend and expand credit levels in our country. He said that although the capitalization levels of Mexican banks are undoubtedly higher than those of banks in other nations, “Credit levels remain extremely low.”


“On average, credit levels in private banking in Latin America are nearly 48 percent, whereas in Mexico they are barely 28 percent. There is undoubtedly a window of opportunity to make the credit a lever to increase the economic development of our country,” he declared.


He declared that the Tax Reform has several goals: to strengthen the capacity of the Mexican state to provide a better response to the needs of the population, and to enhance the macroeconomic stability the country should have.

The president also referred to the Energy Reform. He stated that the country should take advantage of nature’s generosity, “And that now this should be accompanied by a policy to enable Mexico to successfully exploit its energy wealth, while making it quite clear that the Mexican state’s stewardship and ownership of hydrocarbons is a fundamental premise and a condition that will not be affected or changed. He added that this reform also proposes new mechanisms for the exploitation of the country’s energy resources.

He explained the main political forces and the government have submitted Energy Reform proposals, “And Congress will be responsible for the definition and scope of reform that is eventually approved.

He noted that although the government will continue working to advance the eventual approval of this reform, “Congress will be responsible for defining the point of reconciliation between the various proposals submitted in this respect.”

What I hope there will eventually be, he continued, is “A new legal structure that will make Mexico an energy superpower.”

He added that unless Mexico becomes a nation that exploits more widely and rationally, it runs the risk of having productive investments go elsewhere.
President Peña Nieto said that nowadays, the world has great expectations about what it has observed in our nation, “A Mexico that is changing, which is advancing an agenda of change and transformation, and is also inspiring confidence to invest in our country.”

He mentioned three indicators, “Which are encouraging signs of the confidence that is being generated in Mexico”:

• From the end of the first week of December 2012, when this administration began, to the first week in November of this year, the rate of return on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) fell by 0.87 percentage points from 4.23 to 3.36, equivalent to a reduction of 20.6 percent.

• During the same period, Mexico’s international reserves have increased by nearly 11 billion dollars, representing an increase of almost seven percent.

• We have had foreign direct investment of nearly 24 billion dollars during the first semester.

“According to the latest report by UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the FDI received by Mexico during the first half of this year exceeds that received by Germany, France, Italy, Japan and South Korea together,” he declared.

The President concluded by saying: “These are encouraging indicators that reflect the confidence that Mexico is projecting towards the rest of the world, and I think they will improve even further if the reform agenda we have set materializes.”

Meeting with His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan


By Enrique Peña Nieto

Tokyo, Japan

Today we began a working trip to Japan: an example of productivity and competitiveness. This official visit allows me to seek further exchanges in areas such as tourism, information, automotive and auto parts, electrical-electronics and renewable energy technologies.

At the Imperial Palace, I had the opportunity to hold a private meeting with His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan and Empress Michiko.

The year 2014 will mark the 400 years since the first contact between Mexico and Japan, and forty-nine years ago, Their Majesties visited our country. Since I think it is important to commemorate this link, I invited the Emperor and Empress to visit Mexico next January.

During these four months of my administration, we have witnessed Japanese investment in Mexico, an example of which is JATCO, which announced an investment of $220 million USD in February.

Mexico is Japan’s largest trading partner in Latin America and Japan is the leading Asia-Pacific investor in Mexico. Japanese and Mexicans are strategic partners; we have great economic opportunities to exploit.

The President’s Plan

From President Enrique Pena Nieto

At the start of my administration, I pledged to respect each and every one of the voices of society. I presented the Consultation Process for the National Development Plan 2013-2018 at the National Palace today so that Mexicans’ good proposals will be able to guide the government.

I invite citizens to participate; you are all invited to construct the National Development Plan, to shape the future of our country. We all have something important to say and experiences to share.

As from today, you will be able to participate in the consultation through the new digital media. I invite you to express your views in order to transform and improve Mexico. Let us encourage the proactive, constructive spirit that distinguishes us as Mexicans.

We are defining a plan to move Mexico. This joint effort will be reflected in a National Development Plan that will combine all the voices of the country in a single goal: enabling Mexico to achieve its full potential.

In these six years, we will work with determination, courage and passion to transform Mexico. Let us express our views in order to transform and improve Mexico.

Calderon Wants To Re-Name Mexico

This is a good idea. Mexico is formally named Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or United Mexican States. But the outgoing President says they don’t need the United States language – just Mexico. We’ll see if Congress goes along with him before he leaves office on December 1. Mexico deserves its own identity at this time in history. Everyone calls it Mexico. Lets make it official.

Working Tour of Sonora

Hermosillo, Sonora, 16 July 2012.- During his tour of the state of Sonora, President Calderón inaugurated two roads that will improve traffic and therefore, the quality of life of the inhabitants of Hermosillo.

Firstly, the bridge over Bulevar García Morales, at the intersection with Bulevar Antonio Quiroga, links major freeways and will benefit over 62,000 vehicles that travel through the area daily. Moreover, in order to speed up traffic entering and leaving the south of Hermosillo, a road distributor was built on Bulevar Solidaridad, at the intersection with Manuel J. Clouthier.

Measuring one kilometer, it will ease traffic for the over 100,000 vehicles traveling through the area. The president remarked that the Federal Government’s investment in these two works exceeded 560 million pesos.

The president stressed that by 2011, the Federal Government had assigned nearly 7.5 billion pesos for the construction and modernization of highways and country roads in Sonora. These resources have permitted key works such as the modernization of the San Luis Río Colorado-Mexicali and Caborca-Sonoyta roads and the construction of the International San Luis Río Colorado Bridge. To have some idea of the funds invested in the modernization and construction of the highways in the state, suffice it to say that the amounts are greater than the entire amount invested in all the country’s highways five years ago. In regard to other achievements in infrastructure, the president announced that in addition to highway, water supply and treatment projects have also been completed.

At the end of his tour, President Calderón inaugurated the Family Medicine Unit No. 68 of the Social Security Institute, which will serve over 70,000 members. This clinic has an Outpatient’s Unit, which will permit surgeries that do not require the patients’ hospitalization, as well as two operating theaters, areas for chemotherapy, hemodialysis, and 9 doctor’s surgeries. It will deal with specialties such as oncology, ENT, pneumology, nephrology, endoscopy, urology, orthopedics and ophthalmology.
During his administration, 27 new hospitals and clinics have been built in the state of Sonora alone, such as the San Luis Río Colorado Hospital, the Huatabampo Hospital, the Mother and Child Hospital in Obregón and the remodeling of Hermosillo General Hospital
The president concluded his address by announcing that the Popular Insurance Scheme has contributed to universal health coverage in Sonora and declared that universal coverage is an achievement of which all Mexicans should be proud.

Mexico’s Provocative Series about Drug Legalization to Make World Premiere Exclusively on Cinelatino

Series will be available on all major U.S. cable, satellite and Telco providers

The highly-provocative dramatic series from Mexico about the country’s illegal drug trade, and the first Mexican series about drug legalization, “Estado de Gracia ” (State of Grace), will make its world premiere on Monday, June 4, 2012, exclusively on Cinelatino—the nation’s leading Spanish-language movie channel.

Estado de Gracia ” is a political suspense thriller that presents a realistic portrait of the drug trafficking crisis in Mexico, shedding light on the network of money, power and corruption that fuels the ongoing drug trade.

Set in Mexico City, the fictional series centers on a local congresswoman who proposes a law to legalize drugs in an effort to dismantle the powerful drug cartels and end the narco-related violence. Facing powerful enemies, the congresswoman—played by esteemed Mexican actress Karina Gidi—watches all aspects of her life come apart after proposing this controversial legislation.

The 13-episode series portrays a sobering view of the country’s illegal drug trade and touches on sensitive issues such as corruption among politicians and police, blame, the impunity of drug traffickers, violence and drug-related killings, addiction, temptations among those in office, the role of the media, and the dangers facing non-corrupt police officers. The series also captures the human element to the story, showing the impact of drugs in the home, at the office and in school.

“We knew we had to acquire this series right away,” said Ricardo De Leon, Director of Programming for Cinelatino. “Drug violence is a reality in Mexico, and no other Mexican series has dared broach the topics of drug violence and legalization in such an honest and realistic way.”

Estado de Gracia is one of the best-written, most cutting edge series to come out of Mexico, and we’re proud to give our U.S. viewers access to it before it airs anywhere else in the world,” said James M. McNamara, Chairman of Cinelatino. “With drug legalization as one of the hot topics in the presidential elections coming up in Mexico and the U.S., ‘Estado de Gracia ‘ is a relevant, must-see series that will have everyone talking.”

The series was directed by the highly-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Carlos Bolado, who has won 21 awards at prestigious international film festivals for his work on films like Promises, a documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was nominated for an Oscar, and Solo Dios Sabe (Only God Knows), a romantic thriller starring Diego Luna and Alice Braga that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

The series features top quality production values and a strong cast of top Mexican talent, including Karina Gidi (Abel; Gitanas), Daniel Martinez (Ella y el Candidato; El Infierno; Como No Te Voy a Querer), Raul Mendez (Mariachi Gringo; Sultanes del Sur; Amar a Morir), Jose Carlos Rodriguez (Rudo y Cursi; Vantage Point; Asi del Precipicio), Lisa Owen (Vantage Point; Nacho Libre), Roberto Sosa (Get the Gringo; Cartas a Elena), and Dagoberto Gama ( Amores Perros; La Reina del Sur; El Infierno).

Cinelatino, which has been on air for nearly 18 years, began airing highly acclaimed series in 2009 with the launch of “Los Simuladores.” “Estado de Gracia ” is among the high-caliber series to air on the premium, commercial-free movie channel. Cinelatino is available in more than four million homes across the U.S., fully distributed on the major cable, satellite and telco providers.

The first episode of “Estado de Gracia ” will premiere on Monday, June 4, at 11 p.m. ET. New episodes will air each Monday at 11 p.m. ET.

Viewers can find more information and weekly schedules at

About  Cinelatino: Cinelatino is the leading Spanish-language premium film channel in the United States, with more than four million subscribers on major cable, satellite and telephony providers throughout North America.  Cinelatino offers the most current Spanish-language blockbusters and critically-acclaimed titles from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and the U.S. and transmits commercial-free, 24 hours a day.  Cinelatino is jointly-owned by Grupo MVS, InterMedia Partners and Panamax Films.