OPINION: Issues of the current national context and the future president of Mexico

Jorge Suárez Vélez, economist and financial analyst, addresses these topics in a conference held at UABC.

Mexicali, BC, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.- As part of the activities following the Second Presidential Debate organized by the National Electoral Institute (INE) and held on May 20 at the Autonomous University of Baja California ( UABC), Campus Tijuana, the conference named “What type of presidency does Mexico need to take off?”, was presented at the Mexicali Campus. A conference by Jorge Suárez Vélez, economist and financial analyst.

The Rector of UABC, Dr. Juan Manuel Ocegueda Hernández, who mentioned that for the Institution it is important to provide reflection and analysis spaces in which students, academics and special guests can participate to generate information that will serve the presidential candidates for the design of public policies to face the challenges of our country.

What type of presidency does Mexico need to take off?

During his conference the most evident problems in the national context were addressed, which are poverty, education, corruption and impunity, as well as the lack of economic growth.

In regard to educational problems, Suarez Velez stated that there is a lack of access to quality public education; that young people are not trained with skills that allow them to be marketable and competitive, and that there is a lack of technology too. “There is a need for an alternative university education that is highly selective, that recruits talented individuals and encourages interaction among prominent young talents,” said the lecturer.

On corruption and impunity, he mentioned that this situation prevails because justice is applied selectively, since there is no true rule of law, nor the strategies to achieve it.

He added that although there has been growth in the country, this does not happen in a homogeneous way. There are states where the economy decreases such as Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, and others that have a first world type of growth such as Querétaro, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosí, which have registered an annual growth rate of 11 or 12 percent.

Among the achievements that Mexico has made is the Free Trade Agreement signed with the United States and Canada, since this has allowed the country to be part of the most powerful economic block in the world.

He explained that Mexico exports more manufactures than the rest of Latin America all together; that there are a number of Mexican multinationals that have managed to compete with world-class companies; that has given the country a certain level of stability and certainty for foreign investment, and that gave it the ability to settle differences with its business partners.

He also spoke about the electoral environment in Mexico and pointed out that the current election is between governance and development, but there must be a balance between these concepts, since this could have repercussions on the capacity of the country to develop.

He indicated the advantages and disadvantages of the candidates Ricardo Anaya Cortés, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but he preferred not to speak about the independent candidate Jaime Rodríguez Calderón.

At the end of his presentation, he held a Q&A session with the audience, who wanted to know his opinion on several topics for the strengthening of the country’s economy, and therefore, of its citizens.

Source: UABC

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