Canning Paper Briefing: Assessing Peña Nieto's Second Year

The final Canning Paper round-table briefing of the year will look at the Enrique Peña Nieto's second year as President of Mexico, assessing the challenges he has faced and the advances that have been made.

In his first 20 months in office, which encompassed four ordinary legislative periods in addition to several extraordinary sessions, Congress approved 11 major reforms which included 58 constitutional amendments, 81 changes to secondary legislation and 21 new regulations in the following areas: labour, education, judicial appeals (“amparo”), finance and banking, economic competition, transparency, politico-electoral laws, federal criminal codes, telecommunications and energy.

However, despite the legislative effectiveness of the administration’s first two years, some proposals have not managed to be approved. These include a railways reform, a universal old-age pension proposal, an unemployment benefits law and –crucially – a bill to set up a new anti-corruption agency.

Peña Nieto’s government is now also facing a significant govern-ability challenge which has its roots in a much older problem: the weakness of local institutions and political structures in some parts of the country as exemplified in September by the missing teaching students from the Ayotzinapa training school in Guerrero state, which has received widespread international attention.

Canning Circle (Patron) members are given priority to register for Canning Paper Briefings. However, if space is available, registration will be opened to all Canning House Corporate Members. To register your interest in attending please email: [email protected]

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