Enrique Pena Nieto
GIS Dossier: Mexico
Mexico’s relationship with the United States was driving change in the country long before it became the focus of President Donald Trump. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dramatically altered its economy, allowing it to become a key provider of manufacturing and agricultural goods to the U.S. But Mexico is also a gateway for drug trafficking to its northern neighbor, fueling corruption, organized crime and widespread violence. The latest GIS Dossier surveys the analyses and predictions from our experts on this critical Latin American country.
Progress and disillusionment in Mexico
The advent of Donald Trump has not come at a good time for Mexico. After a fast start, the reform-minded government of President Enrique Pena Nieto has bogged down in corruption scandals and a stagnant economy. But tensions with the U.S. may also create opportunities for Mr. Nieto, if he is skillful enough to use them.
President Trump’s impact on Latin America
We do not know how much Donald Trump does not know about Latin America. If he keeps his campaign promises, the U.S. economy could suffer as much as Mexico’s or Brazil’s, and illegal immigration could get worse. A lot will depend on the new president’s learning curve.
Mexico’s energy reforms and production outlook
Faced with output declines and the shale revolution, Mexico had little choice but to reopen its oil and gas industry to foreign investors. The early results have been promising, but President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms are not out of the woods yet.
Global trends: Latin America seeks growth as leaders straggle
Latin America has reached an inflection point. Recent developments suggest that parts of the region will make significant economic strides over the next few years. However, its two biggest economies – Brazil and Mexico – are stuck in the doldrums, and their politics may be in even worse shape. <i>This report is par...
Analysts – and voters - wonder whether Mexico will sink any lower
Despite an encouraging start to his term just over two years ago, Enrique Pena Nieto is the only Mexican president in the past 25 years to poll at less than 50 per cent approval with the public. His problems include lower oil prices, inadequate tax revenues, organised crime and corruption. His ratings were exacerbated in September 2014 by the apparent murders of 43...
Latin American nations identify education as the key to economic success
Latin American countries have experienced a decade of economic growth funded by commodity exports, and their people have come to expect higher standards-of-living and greater educational opportunities. Brazil, Mexico and Chile are three of the nations making special efforts to improve their learning systems – but simply throwing money at the sector is not the answe...
Mexico’s education, energy and communication reforms are slow to appear
Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto began his presidential term with a bang nearly two years ago, announcing radical reforms of the three areas which most analysts regarded as the bottlenecks preventing growth. But powerful unions, cronyism, inefficiency and a sluggish economy are making those reforms difficult to progress and it now appears that any changes in the near fu...
Latin American energy reform hampered by politics
Latin America has vast energy reserves, but exploiting these riches is a slow process. Governments face a host of problems, ranging from deep-water drilling to crime syndicates, nationalisation, lack of infrastructure and the vagaries of world oil prices. In Brazil and Venezuela in particular, political difficulties are holding back progress, writes GIS guest expe...