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11 for 2011: How should Mexico deal with violence?

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on January 6, 2011

by Enrique Peña Nieto, governor of the state of Mexico, for Financial Times – Beyond Brics, January 6th, 2011.

During the last four years Mexico has suffered a new and worrying wave of violence. True, the murder rate continues to be well below that of other nations in the region such as Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Nevertheless, after almost two decades of a constant decline in the number of homicides, this new increase in violence has not only outraged Mexicans and unsettled investors. It has also distracted attention from Mexico’s huge potential: we are the world’s 11th largest economy and, together with Russia, have the highest GDP per capita of the leading emerging market countries.

During the last two decades, we have made a peaceful and orderly transition to a democracy that has consolidated institutions and enshrined a pluralistic political system.

The biggest challenge that Mexico faces in 2011 and beyond, therefore, is to implement a National Strategy to Reduce Violence with one clear aim: to bring down the number of murders, kidnappings and extortions significantly in the next five years. The strategy should rest on four pillars. (continue reading… )



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