SAT Anniversary/Biden, Trudeau and AMLO will meet in WashingtonBy Karin Dilge | Mon, 07/04/2022 - 11:45
Biden and Trudeau will meet in Washington with AMLO. López Obrador notified that he will meet with President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The president said that the meeting will be of a bilateral character and it will take place in Washington.
SAT anniversary. President López Obrador celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) and he reiterated that during his administration taxes have not risen and that tax evasion is coming to an end.
López Obrador mentioned that thanks to new policies, there is a strong and healthy Ministry of Finance that has allowed the country not to go into additional debt and no deficit problems have arisen. Raquel Buenrostro, Head of the SAT, said that tax collection has increased 2.7 percent from Jan to July, compared to the same period last year.
Mayan Train. President López Obrador reported the Mayan Train will be inaugurated as planned despite the amparos against its construction.
Civil society continues to resist the construction of the Mayan Train Section 5 South, considered one of President López Obrador's flagship infrastructure megaprojects. Following the suspension of the project's construction by a federal judge in May, 2022, the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR) and environmental ministry SEMARNAT published the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), since its absence caused the project's suspension. As part of the attempts to reactivate construction, federal authorities called for a consultation to assess the project's viability. However, civil organizations said the consultation process was deficient.
Section 5 South of the Mayan Train consists of 67.6 km of railway that will run from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. It has two stations that will affect a total of 516,758ha of land. The megaproject could damage the karst landscapes, harm the integrity of cenotes and cause significant deforestation, as well as destroy archeological and paleontological remains.
Organizations opposed to the project have highlighted that "the EIA confirms the unfeasibility of continuing construction in section 5 due to the type of karst soil and the danger of a train passing through it, adding to a relevant affectation to the jungle´s flora and fauna of the jungle and pollution of subway rivers and cenotes, the only source of water consumption for life in the Yucatan peninsula."
The Mayan Train is set to be inaugurated in 2023 and is one of the flagship projects of the current administration. The train will connect the main regions of the Yucatan Peninsula and is made up of seven sections.
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