There is little reason for those asserting that “the little that this government is good for comes from the past,” referring to the current regime headed by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The person who noticed this was the director of the Center for the Future of Cities in Tecnológico de Monterrey, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, who, during a conference on Thursday in Guadalajara, apologized for what previous bad governments had done, over time and emphasized that “Mexico deserves another alternative to continue moving forward”.
Those who know Enrique, and I know him well because we have been fellow federal representatives in the 58th Federal Legislature, know that he is a man of his word, of conscience, of values and that he always puts the interest of Mexico and Mexicans in any situation. It is for this reason and because he is a political man, not only by lineage but by personal development, with much to say, and who continues to serve our country, that I have invited him—as President of the National Political Assembly (APN) “I Trust Mexico”—to deliver the keynote address “Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities” ”, which takes place at Expo Guadalajara, an emblematic site of Jalisco culture that hosts the International Book Fair (FIL) every year, the most important Latin American event in terms of literary expression.
More than 400 people of different political affiliations and without a party gathered in the Desfilia Chamber to hear what the former Federal Tourism Minister also said. Enrique began by talking about the greatness of Mexico and the expectations that held for our country at the global level, and how it not only moved forward, but in many ways fell behind.
He pointed out that one should also begin by recognizing the problems among which he identifies three very serious problems: the first is that we as a state allow the creation of an unequal society; The second is the issue of insecurity that has been going on for many years, the most dangerous of which is the loss of more and more territory and security; The third is corruption.
The bad thing is that these three issues not only got better, but got worse, with the number of poor being eight million more than it was three years ago; He noted that you have a much more insecure country with frightening numbers of murders and the story “it’s just in between, because they’re getting more and more out of whack.”
Enrique emphasized that despite all the bad things that exist at the moment, there is still a successful platform left by previous governments, and after noting the positive records that the country has in various fields, he added that one can look forward to a country in which to be. Enough to live well, to have a home of one’s own, good health and education for being a Mexican, and that we still have a little money to go out and enjoy and travel, in the context of a country in which you are can live in peace and security. He stressed that “all this can happen in the coming years if we do the right thing.”
To move in this direction, he mentioned that in addition to the platform already mentioned, the conflict between China and the United States can be used to attract Asian companies in order to create more and better paying jobs; Promotion of companies with higher added value; Join in on the change the world is going through towards renewable energies “even though some don’t understand it”; and confirming the favorable conditions of our nation, such as the fact that its population is mostly young, in order for us to become that middle-class country to which we have a right to aspire.
“We just need agreement. We will set ourselves the goal of a middle-class state in this generation and put the citizen at the center of everything, and from there we define and correct policies and procedures,” he said.
Enrique recognized himself as a part of the past and asserted that although things had been done wrong for which he apologized, most of what had been done before was very good, it suffices to see how people have been advocating for electricity reform, the INE, and the legislative institutions And many other institutions that came from the past.
Then we hunch that not everything is bad, that there are good things and must be preserved, and that bad things must not be repeated. very simple. When the roof of the house is bad, well, you fix the roof and don’t throw the house off.”
In this sense, he said that in order to continue progress, one must start from what has already been built.
“What would I not do with what you are doing today? That, with the arrogance and ignorance to believe that the country does not exist, and that it must be invented from scratch, and if you are bitten, I want to say that the little that this government benefits from comes from the past.”
The aforementioned assertion was accompanied by the example of the Free Trade Agreement (today T-MEC), “What is neoliberalism more?; that explains why the economy is growing today because 5 percent of last year’s growth came practically from the export sector; from food, tourism and manufacturing “.
Referring to the issue of insecurity, he said that impunity is a more serious defect than corruption because there will not be much corruption if there is no impunity. In light of this, he said that work should be done on how to reduce it and achieve zero impunity. “In Mexico, it is time for us to realize that we need a real rule of law; strengthen it and let sanctions be imposed.”
Finally, talk about favoring unity over polarization. create agreements; Find coincidences and draw a common goal: “Create a country with every opportunity and then go after our dreams.”
It will always be important to know the views, opinions and approaches of knowledgeable people with extensive experience, such as Enrique de la Madrid, who must be said to be considered by some as a champion of the PRI-PAN-PRD Alliance for the Chair in 2024.
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