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Mexico & Nafta - June 2019

Highly ideological national development plan lacks well-defined policies

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) party on 1 May unveiled his government’s national development plan (PND). The constitution specifies that the PND should guide the policies that an administration will implement during its six-year term of office. Nevertheless, it is important to point out that in practice, once it has been presented the PND often has little input in guiding government policy. Indeed, as Maria Amparo Casar, an academic at the Centro de Investigación y Docencias Económicas (Cide), points out the PND is legally irrelevant because nothing happens if the government does not adhere to it. Having said that, the PND does sets out an administration’s priorities and proposed measures to solve the country’s problems.

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