September 11, 2020
1. “Economic Package 2021” hopes to spur 4.6% growth
Finance and Public Credit Minister Arturo Herrera presented “Ecomonic Package 2021” – a series of measures intended to spur GDP growth by 4.6%. This figure could change depending on whether or not there is a vaccine for COVID-19. Likewise, the plan forecasts inflation of 3% and a 4% interest rate.
In the same vein, the projected growth figure goes hand in hand with the introduction of the National Agreement for Investment in Private Sector Infrastructure, which will support 147 projects. According to the Mexican Investment Summit Report. However, the U.S. Department projects weak financial support for the public sector from the current administration.
El Universal: Hacienda prevé crecimiento de 4.6% en 2021, en espera de la vacuna contra Covid.
El Financiero: Gobierno e IP presentan 147 proyectos de infraestructura para darle ‘empujoncito’ a la economía; la inversión es de 859 mil mdp.
2. Federalist Alliance Governors leave CONAGO
The governors of Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, members of the Federalist Alliance, announced their departure from the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO), citing that this organization no longer fulfils its mission of generating a dialogue with the federal government.
The governors of the Federalist Alliance indicated that this decision does not seek to divide the country, but rather to create a true republican dialogue. The 10 states that make up the Alliance represent 33.9% of the national GDP.
3. Social groups take over National Human Rights Commission facilities
Feminist groups and the families of victims of violence took over the building of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in protest of the lack of response from the authorities to the complaints issued.
Rosario Piedra, President of the CNDH, announced that she would accept the petition of the National Front Ni Una Más, civil organizations and victims of fundamental rights violations, however, the surrender of the building on the part of these groups has been refused until there are results on the investigations.
4. Greenpeace gets suspension against energy sector plan
Greenpeace achieved the provisional suspension of an energy regulation against the implementation of the Energy Sector Program. This injunction prevents the Ministry of Energy and all public agencies, including the Federal Electricity Commission, from taking action on the program.
The complaint was based on the violation of the human right to a healthy environment, health protection, access to electricity from renewable sources and the right to legality. This is the second general suspension obtained by Greenpeace in the year in favour of the transition to cleaner energy.
5. Historical water problem in Chihuahua
Chihuahua residents have protested the release of water from La Boquillas dam to comply with a water treaty with the United States, which could leave the state with a water deficit that would affect the crop cycle.
Months ago, Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral asked the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) to verify the situation in the state and to use resources from the fund for emergency attention (FONDEN); however, this request was rejected. Last Monday, there was a confrontation between peasant farmers and the National Guard at the La Boquilla dam, which left two people dead – the incident is under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.