On Wednesday September 2nd, during his annual report, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto acknowledged that the nation has experienced a “difficult year” that has generated “anger” and damaged the public mood and trust.
The President began the annual speech by mentioning the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students in 2014, and the escape of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. “The last year has been a difficult one for Mexico,” he said. “Our country has been deeply wounded by a series of regrettable cases.”
He also noted that the economy is a major source of concern. Prices for Mexico’s oil exports are at low levels, and the Mexican peso has fallen about 30 percent against the U.S. dollar over the last year. Two million more Mexicans entered poverty from 2012 to 2014.
But Peña Nieto urged Mexicans to not allow pessimism, and announced 10 measures that his government will follow in order to tackle some of the problems the country is currently facing in different áreas:
1- Enact laws to strengthen the “rule of law”.
2- Work to reach a national agreement for “everyday justice.”
3- Boost growth in the most underdeveloped regions, pledging to create an initiative to establish special economic zones.
4- Support productive activities in marginalized rural areas.
5- Implement a major renovation of education infrastructure, saying the polemic education reform was a step forward.
6- Strengthen the capacity of children and young people to compete in the world
7- Create a Ministry of Culture to replace the funds and government agencies that currently sponsor this area.
8- Maintain the country’s “macroeconomic stability.”
9- Accelerate the development of national infrastructure.
10- Follow through with the austerity budget.
The next three years will be a major test for the Peña Nieto administration, and to see if they can successfully implement its plan, which so far has seen mixed results.