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Deputy Minister of Communications and Transport (SCT) Carlos Alfonso Morán detailed the accident report before President López Obrador and SCT Minister Javier Jiménez Espriú.
Deputy Minister of Communications and Transport (SCT) Carlos Alfonso Morán detailed the accident report before President López Obrador and SCT Minister Javier Jiménez Espriú.
March 27, 2020
Alonso Accident Report / Energy Investment Plan
  1. Martha Erika Alonso accident report. The accident where Puebla Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and her husband and former Gov. Rafael Moreno died was due to a sudden loss of control in their helicopter and there is no evidence of external factors involved, like birds or projectiles, Minister of Communications and Transport (SCT) Javier Jiménez Espriú said. After presenting the long-awaited report on the December 2018 accident, Jiménez Espriú said the aircraft should not have flown that day as there were two loose screws in the steering system.

  2. Energy investment plan next week. President López Obrador said his energy investment plan will be presented in the coming days. “Next week, we will present the investment plan for the private sector for PEMEX and CFE,” he said when asked about the impact of the decision to cancel the construction of the Constellation Brands brewery in Mexicali, and prior to his visit to Baja California’s capital city.

  3. Rules out own quarantine. President López Obrador said he will continue to carry out his functions in compliance with the health contingency protocol implemented by the Ministry of Health, but that he is not considering any further action. “I cannot put myself under quarantine, I cannot isolate myself,” he said. The president highlighted that only government staff and officers who do not provide a direct service to the people could take a leave of absence, which is not his case. 

  4. Mexico can’t stop like other countries. President López Obrador said his government cannot stop Mexico's economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, because of what he called the bad legacy of neoliberalism, which left half the population surviving in the informal economy. He explained that other countries can stop because they have stronger economies. 

  5. Insists on support for the poor. Beneficiaries of the 1 million loans generated by the federal government will have a three-month grace period to start repaying them, President López Obrador said. “In the first stage, there will MX$500 billion pesos for the smallest companies,” he said, regarding the support plan to face the COVID-19 economic impact. “I just spoke to other heads of state, the recovery effort is for the poor,” he stated, referring to his participation in the videoconference held with the Group of 20 (G-20) most-developed economies. 

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    FULL TRANSCRIPT IN SPANISH

    https://www.gob.mx/presidencia/articulos/version-estenografica-de-la-conferencia-de-prensa-matutina-viernes-27-de-marzo-de-2020?idiom=es

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President López Obrador was joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard and Deputy Minster of Health Hugo Lopez-Gattel in today’s briefing
President López Obrador was joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard and Deputy Minster of Health Hugo Lopez-Gattel in today’s briefing
March 26, 2020
Asks G-20 for a Truce / Phase 3 is Inevitable
  1. Asks G-20 for a truce in videoconference. During his message to the Group of 20 (G-20) most-developed economies, President López Obrador asked his G-20 counterparts for an economic truce to lessen the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hegemonies have to help establish some kind of a truce, with no border closures or unilateral tariff policies, where commercial monopolies do not prevail and the oil price is not used to affect the people’s economy,” he said during today’s global videoconference.

  2. UN can control health supplies. After expressing Mexico's solidarity with all countries suffering from the pandemic, President López Obrador called for the UN to take control of the trade in related drugs and medical equipment, “because there is not just a shortage, but also hoarding,” he warned. The president also highlighted to his G-20 counterparts that micro-enterprises and those who work in the informal economy must receive the most support during this contingency to secure a global economic recovery.

  3. Phase 3 is inevitable. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said there is no doubt that a Phase 3 related to the country’s contingency plan to contain COVID-19 will be necessary, and that people need to stick to the current plan and keep a safe distance from each other. “There is no doubt that it will happen, it is the phase of most transmissions,” he said and warned that the main risk will be the saturation of the health system. 

  4. Metropolitan plan, a model. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell reported that since last Friday, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and State of Mexico Gov. Alfredo del Mazo have been working on a plan to coordinate the COVID-19 health contingency together with the federal government in the metropolitan area. “They can operate with some autonomy, in addition to cooperating with each other and being linked to the federation. This is the ideal model,” López-Gatell said.

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    FULL TRANSCRIPT IN SPANISH

    https://www.gob.mx/presidencia/articulos/version-estenografica-de-la-conferencia-de-prensa-matutina-jueves-26-de-marzo-de-2020?idiom=es

    PHOTO CREDIT: Presidencia de la República

President López Obrador highlighted the US is buying more sugar from Mexican producers.
President López Obrador highlighted the US is buying more sugar from Mexican producers.
March 25, 2020
Setting up USMCA / Supply for Pandemic Guaranteed
  1. Setting up the USMCA. Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez said she will have a conference call today with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to address how to accelerate the USCMA trade treaty. “The treaty is already negotiated, we are working on internal legislation, customs procedures and regulations to start its operation as soon as possible,” she said.

  2. Supply to face pandemic guaranteed. Supply of basic products needed to face the COVID-19 pandemic is guaranteed for at least the next 100 days, Economy Minister Graciela Márquez said. “We have a 100-day basic reserve. It’s crucial to know at all times that there is availability of basic products,” she said. Márquez also highlighted that prices of tortilla, egg and chicken are being monitored by the agency.

  3. Corruption in Constellation Brands project. President López Obrador said there was corruption in the permits granted to Constellation Brands to build a brewery in Baja California. “How do you give a permit to build a brewery that consumes water in a place where there is a shortage of water?” he asked. The president said the decision to cancel the US$1.4 billion project will not affect investment attraction. “On the contrary, if corruption is ended, we can maintain true rule of law,” he said.

  4. Praises support from businessmen. President López Obrador recognized businessmen for their support in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted that Carlos Slim will deliver medical equipment worth MX$1 billion, that Grupo México is moving to open a hospital in Oaxaca and that Coppel is giving MX$50 million to the health sector.

  5. Loans set at MX$25,000 high. President López Obrador said the 1 million loans announced for small-businesses affected by the pandemic will be topped at MX$25,000, with a three-month grace period to start payments, a 6.5 percent annual interest rate and three years to complete payments. “They will be paying somewhere near MX$1,000 per month,” he said. The president has ruled out any tax incentives for big companies.

  6. Laments not hugging and kissing. President López Obrador lamented he won’t be able to hug, kiss and shake hands with people during his weekend trip to Bahia de Banderas. “I must keep a healthy distance. I am sorry,” he said.

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    FULL TRANSCRIPT IN SPANISH

    https://www.gob.mx/presidencia/articulos/version-estenografica-de-la-conferencia-de-prensa-matutina-miercoles-25-de-marzo-de-2020?idiom=es

    PHOTO CREDIT: Presidencia de la República

     

López-Gatell addresses the media in today’s president daily briefing. Most of the available spots for journalist have been left empty in recent days.
López-Gatell addresses the media in today’s president daily briefing. Most of the available spots for journalist have been left empty in recent days.
March 24, 2020
Pandemic Phase 2 Starts / MX$400 Billion Fund
  1. Pandemic Phase 2 starts. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell declared the start of Phase 2 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico and announced that in the next 30 to 40 days additional measures will be taken “to flatten the curve of virus transmission.” Besides intensifying basic prevention measures, Phase 2 consists of special care for the elderly and high-risk groups, shutting down the education system until April 19, suspension of all events involving more than 100 people, and suspension of regular working activities and commuting.

  2. Special MX$400 billion fund. President López Obrador announced Mexico has an extra budget totaling MX$400 billion available to meet the health contingency, an amount he said comes from the federal budget but also from the good collection in his administration. “We have available all the money that used to go down the pipe of corruption,” López Obrador assured.

  3. Budget allocated to armed forces. Minister of Finance (SHCP) Arturo Herrera said the agency will allocate MX$4.5 billion for the implementation of the Navy and the DN-III aid plans in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) will get MX$4 billion for DN-III, while the additional MX$500 million will go to the Ministry of the Navy (Semar). Head of Semar Rafael Ojeda Durán said voluntary isolation centers will be available for cases of serious contagion.

  4. Asks for support for the elderly. President López Obrador called on businessmen to show solidarity with older adults and announced that today he will sign a decree to grant permission to this segment in both the public and private sectors to stay at home and receive their salaries and benefits in full. He said Carlos Slim told him that he agrees that no elderly worker should be fired. “I ask all employers to show solidarity,” he said.

  5. Support for small businesses. President López Obrador said loans will be granted to 1 million small businesses affected by the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. “A stage of economic recovery is about to come. We are granting loans without interest or at very low rates, to 1 million small businesses,” he said.

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    FULL TRANSCRIPT IN SPANISH

    https://www.gob.mx/presidencia/articulos/version-estenografica-de-la-conferencia-de-prensa-matutina-martes-24-de-marzo-de-2020?idiom=es

     

    PHOTO CREDIT: Presidencia de la República

Security cabinet joined the president for today's press briefing.
Security cabinet joined the president for today's press briefing.
March 23, 2020
Vote Against Brewery / Contact with Constellation Brands
  1. Vote against brewery. 76.1 percent of the people who voted this weekend in Mexicali rejected the continuation of the Constellation Brands brewery project, Segob Deputy Minster Diana Álvarez said. Of the 36,781 people who participated in the vote, only 23.2 percent supported the construction. Álvarez said the National Water Commission (Conagua) will no longer issue the needed permits for the operation of the Baja California plant.

  2. Contact with Constellation Brands. The federal government will contact Constellation Brands to find a way to fix the damage caused by the cancellation of the plant, Segob Deputy Minster Diana Álvarez said. The project, widely criticized by environmental groups but endorsed by the past administration and business organizations, is about 60 percent complete. Of the US$1.4 billion announced investment, almost US$900 million had already been allocated.

  3. Decision for future generations. President López Obrador said he is willing to meet the owners of Constellation Brands to share his point of view on the cancellation and that he is open to talk about a relocation of the plant. “We are not against foreign investment, much less against the cancellation of jobs. But we also have to consider the people's opinion,” he said. The president explained the goal is not just about economic expansion, but about the legacy that is left to future generations.

  4. Highlights economic strength. President López Obrador said Mexico has the economic strength to face a financial crisis and expects that he will not need to seek “external debt” to overcome the situation. The president ruled out the cancelation or changes to the largest projects of his administration, such as the Felipe Ángeles Airport in Santa Lucia, the Dos Bocas refinery or the Maya Train.

  5. Turning point in crime. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) Alfonso Durazo reported a reversal in the negative trend for intentional homicide. “Three consecutive months with a sustained reduction. Although it is marginal, it allows us to confirm that our strategy is right,” he said. Durazo also reported a 12.96 percent decrease in kidnappings and an 8 percent drop in femicide.

  6. Tax evasion network detected. A network dedicated to selling fuel without paying taxes was discovered at the port of Tuxpan, Minister of the Navy José Rafael Ojeda Durán said. After carrying out inspections at the Veracruz port, authorities detected that between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., fuel was being unloaded at the dock without any inspection, thus evading taxes.

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    FULL TRANSCRIPT IN SPANISH

    https://www.gob.mx/presidencia/articulos/version-estenografica-de-la-conferencia-de-prensa-matutina-lunes-23-de-marzo-de-2020?idiom=es

    PHOTO CREDIT: Presidencia de la República