On Mexico Issue 62

Miguel Angel Aguayo Lopez:

“We agree with this unarguable fact: The basis to transform Mexico is education. In order to improve education an unbiased and integral evaluation is necessary. It should be measured and analyzed, identifying strengths and weaknesses in the system to make decisions in favor of education.”
Miguel Angel Aguayo Lopez, Secretary of Education Commission in the House of Representatives

Alicia Barcena:

“The success of economic growth in Latin America lies in salaries and this has fostered domestic demand and consumption. However, not all countries in the Region have achieved that kind of success in making this process a reality.”
Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, CEPAL

Alejandro Murat:

“There are studies showing that in countries where people rent their homes the employment rates are better. This is because people are not anchored to a mortgage. It would be an interesting market to explore and then offer housing alternatives to our people. The idea is strengthening in the market.”
Alejandro Murat, General Director, Infonavit, regarding the construction of housing developments for rent

Luis Videgaray:

“Fast approval of the 2013 Income Act lies within the framework of the legislators’ commitment with the Pact for Mexico. This Income Act does not modify the taxing scheme, no new taxes are created and all this facilitates the analysis for legislators.”
Luis Videgaray, Minister of the Treasury

Gustavo Lopez:

“People are encouraged to remain within the formal economy not necessarily because of the salaries but because of the benefits. However, if current employment does not offer benefits, the incentive of belonging to this sector is lost.”
Gustavo Lopez, Researcher in the Juridical and Social Studies Department with the Tec of Monterrey, Mexico City Campus

Enrique Pena Nieto:

“There will be no improvisation. Planning will allow us assigning responsibilities and precise deadlines for each federal agency as well as for local governments. We are going to plan politics and institutional changes not only in the medium and long terms, but also for each strategic decision and specific operation.”
Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico upon presenting the State Policy on Safety and Justice for Mexicans

Elizabeth Tinoco:

“Latin America has experienced a slightly higher growth in formal employment, unlike informal employment. This is not the case in Mexico where informal employment has left the region’s average behind. Informality in the region has dropped from 50% in previous years to 47%.”
Elizabeth Tinoco, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Labor Organization (ILO)

Enrique Ramirez:

“Implementing a general rate for a Value Added Tax in order to improve tax collection is far from being the ideal step, but it is necessary in an economy like Mexico’s. There are no other fiscal alternatives to make everyone in Mexico pay taxes, and the search for alternative solutions has led to implementing counterproductive and inefficient measures, such as the Flat Tax (IETU), for example.”
Enrique Ramirez, Former President of the Fiscal Technical Committee of the Mexican Finance Officers Institute, (IMEF)

Emilio Chuayffet:

“As stated by the Education Workers Union, Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), the new reform reaffirms each teacher’s relevance as key player in the education process, while respecting their individual or collective rights.”
Emilio Chuayffet, Secretary of Education

Elba Esther Gordillo:

“Yes” to quality in education, “yes” to excellence, and “yes” to secular, popular, free, nationwide education, but “no” to privatization of education. Teachers are not threatened, teachers are exhorted and invited to improve. This organization will not allow the slightest violation, the smallest affront to teacher’s rights.”
Elba Esther Gordillo, Leader of the Education Workers’ Union

Jose Antonio Quesada:

“A few people are currently burdened with a large portion of taxes collected, but generalized VAT would transfer such burden to the entire population. Mexico barely reaches 10% of GDP in tax collection, while the average in OECD members is 25% and in Latin America it is 15%. Even if at first sight it would seem that low-income families would be affected, as a matter of fact it would be the wealthiest households that would pay higher taxes.”
Jose Antonio Quesada, President, IMEF

Francisco Arroyo Vieyra:

“The reforms made in Mexico might not be the ideal reforms, but in this case it will be an education reform that will provide for rules with no loopholes. This is being done in order to have good professional educators in a system that forms students and allows for overcoming life’s challenges.”
Francisco Arroyo Vieyra, Speaker of the House of Representatives