In addition to being the second-largest economy and second-most-populous country in Latin America, Mexico is geographically and culturally diverse. The country boasts more than 11,100 km of coastline and diverse terrain ranging from desert to mountains to rainforests, as well as a rich cultural heritage that includes numerous well-preserved ancient indigenous cities. Mexico is also a significant producer of hydrocarbons and minerals and, thanks to its free trade agreement and 3000-km border with…
From The Report: Mexico 2015
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Since coming to power in December 2012, the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto has overseen the introduction of a series of sweeping reforms aimed at boosting the country’s economic competitiveness and attracting investment. Under the reform agenda, the energy sector was opened to private investment, while asymmetric laws were introduced in the telecommunications sector to increase competition. Meanwhile, the education sector saw the establishment of compulsory teacher evaluations and a fiscal reform led to the widening of the tax base. Despite the speed with which the reforms were passed, the momentum has slowed slightly as the government feels the effects of lower hydrocarbons revenues.
This chapter contains interviews with President Enrique Peña Nieto; Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and Andrew Robb, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment.