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Thursday 21 of September 2023

And Yet It Moves

Leaders of the TPP countries,photo: Wikipedia
Leaders of the TPP countries,photo: Wikipedia
Sometimes it is difficult to explain why, if there are so many things wrong, the State does not collapse

In these times, when inefficiency, corruption and immortality are prevalent in our country, the use of freedom of expression to convey our dissatisfactions is increasingly apparent.

That critical function is essential to the health of societies. Because at the end of the day, we should all be children of that statement made by Thomas Jefferson, when he said that, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

But when we look closely at that situation, there is a suspicion that there is still data we have failed to appreciate.

For example, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues to lead our life, as it was one of the most important events in the last 30 years of Mexico’s history. And event though we citizens have not been able to record the changes it has brought about, the NAFTA has modernized the Mexican economy and managed to increase our exports.

Currently, considering the figures outlining the commercial status of the country, I think Mexico has at least two reasons why you might feel satisfied.

The first is that Mexico has an Economy Secretariat that is paving the way with various programs. The second is that, despite former President Felipe Calderón preparing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it was the arrival of President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo that resulted in our country joining the TPP with a more active role.

If Mexico does not take a more proactive role in the evolution of the world, where the Pacific is already positioning itself as a rector of economy and Asia is participating as a great guest, everything that the NAFTA has given to North America could be taken by the Asian countries, to the detriment of our interests.

Sometimes it is difficult to explain why, if there are so many things wrong, the State does not collapse. And in the face of that, I recognize that we have a certain mental laziness, because it is easier to keep enduring everything that hurts us than proposing a solution and recognizing what is working.

Since the government of former President Miguel de la Madrid, Mexico revived its economy, which in 1994 boosted the great leap forward represented by the appearance of the NAFTA.

Now, that background, this government’s reforms and the capacity we have developed, in certain aspects, to encompass our movements with the roads to which the world is heading, are part of the reasons why despite everything, Mexico has not disintegrated.