July 19, 2024

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Mexico: Scheinbaum Announces Prime Ministers of New Government | Former Foreign Minister Eppard holds the key position

Mexico: Scheinbaum Announces Prime Ministers of New Government |  Former Foreign Minister Eppard holds the key position

President-elect of Mexico, Claudia SheinbaumThe heads of the Presidency and the Economic Secretariat (Ministry) have been named this Thursday. Major work relations with America, The country’s largest trading partner.

New The President will be Juan Ramon de la FuenteHe previously served as Mexico’s representative to the United Nations and from 2007 to 2013 was rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), one of Latin America’s leading universities.

In Ministry of EconomyResponsibility for review T-MEC Free Trade Agreement with US and Canada till 2026; Sheinbaum Marcelo Ephrat was appointedPresident during the government of outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and with whom he denied the left-wing ruling party’s presidential nomination.

Both officers will take charge Relations with the United StatesThe presidential elections will be held on November 5, in which incumbent Democrat Joe Biden is running for re-election against former Republican President Donald Trump.

Mexico is a major trading partner of the United StatesAfter displacing China in 2023. The northern country is the destination for 80% of Mexican exports.

A bidirectional relationship is also implied the continued migration of undocumented persons and the trafficking of fentanyl; A powerful opioid that kills thousands of people from overdoses in the United States each year.

“I am very proud and happy that the people here today have agreed to be part of our team,” the president-elect said during a press conference in Mexico City.

Sheinbaum, Mexico’s first female president, will take office on October 1.. The president had already approved Secretary of the Treasury Rogelio Ramírez de la O, amid jitters in markets.

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“An Over-Protectionist and Unstable World”

After his appointment, Eppard announced that one of the new board’s responsibilities would be to confront a “more protectionist” and “more unstable” world. “The mission is to ride out those stormy waters with everything we’ve learned in our lives,” he said.

For his part, De la Fuente told reporters that there were “many challenges” on the international agenda, but that he was “ready to face them and look above all to the interests of the Mexican people.”

De la Fuente is a well-known figure in politics as he has had a long career with different types of governments in various capacities. The future foreign secretary was already part of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) government of President Ernesto Zetillo, in which he served as secretary of health from 1994 to 1999.

with northern neighbours

The first is the relationship with the United States, where the former president Donald Trump (2017-2021), most belligerent with Mexico, may return to White House After the November election, it could mean a change after a good rapport with incumbent President Joe Biden’s government.

However, whoever wins, one of the keys to the bilateral relationship is the review of the agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC), which is the destination and main engine of more than 80% of Mexican exports. National Economy, whose negotiations will begin in 2025.

Relations with Ecuador

The next president will have other challenges Mexico’s case against Ecuador at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) mended broken relations with Pacific Alliance partner Peru after the April 5 attack on the Mexican embassy in Quito, and the declaration of ‘persona non grata’ by the Mexican ambassador in Lima.

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“The international agenda will have continuity because many good things need to be coordinated and maintained. Add some changes depending on the circumstances,” the new secretary explained after announcing his appointment.

De la Fuente highlighted “Mexico’s Long Diplomatic Tradition and Mediation Country” And promised to “honour those traditions”.

Environment and Agriculture

Scheinbaum also announced that current Chancellor Alicia Barcená will serve as Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to becoming President, Barcena served as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The president-elect also said Julio Bertague, former Deputy Director-General and Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will head the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat.

Also, Rosaura Ruiz, a biologist from UNAM, will head the Secretariat of Science, Humanities, Technology and Innovations.

Ernestina Godoy, a Mexico City attorney during Sheinbaum’s tenure as mayor, will serve as legal counsel to the president.

The new president, who won elections on June 2 by more than 30 percentage points over center-right Xóchitl Gálvez, announced he would announce other appointments next Thursday. The ruling party is on track to secure a supermajority in both houses of Congress.