Jobs, Growth and Modernization

Jobs, Growth and Modernization

Mexico

LF: What are your priorities? VF: Creating jobs, without doubt. The market generates jobs and Nafta is proof of this. We also have to [consider] social responsibility. We will invest the budget mainly in education, which is a very good way to redistribute incomes. We will extend health programs. I have given instructions to all ministries that they give priority to Indians, rural communities, to colonias populares when they make their budget allocations. LF: Mexico has grown rapidly, but incomes have scarcely improved. VF: In the last 18 years there was no increase in the purchasing power of salaries. Each year, inflation was greater than the rise in salaries. Per capita in

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