This year 2022 will be crucial for the current government of Mexico.
Without demerit of the political challenges, your main challenge will be economic.
Beyond popularity and the result of the revocation of the mandate, it will be the behavior of the economy and directly, the purchasing power of Mexicans, which will define popular support for the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
They will be testing the government’s ability to spark higher economic growth.
Also its political capacity to generate confidence and promote private investment.
And at the same time it will have to face the pernicious inflation, which at the end of 2021 reached the highest level recorded in the last 21 years. The rise in prices directly affects the impact of social programs, which are weighing more and more on the Federation’s Expenditure Budget.
Inflation is the most unfair tax because it affects those who have the least the most.
The direct hit to the poorest consumers in the country could nullify the increase in the minimum wage, for example, but it also erodes the purchasing power of the beneficiaries of government support, who are not necessarily the weakest in economic terms.
More inflationary pressures are coming and consequently more rises in interest rates and this will most likely lead to a higher debt contracting, despite the official commitment not to increase the debt.
Faced with diminishing room for maneuver, if government economic policy fails to maintain balance, it could ultimately lead to an undesired scenario.
Until now, the most precious government asset is precisely macroeconomic stability.
But the persistent inflation, the rising costs of social programs and emblematic works, and the lack of investment and growth, represent a major challenge to face for the second half of the pre-Zobrador administration.
On the other hand, the end of the chapter of uncertainty generated by the Electricity Reform initiative remains to be seen. Whether or not it is approved, it will have defining political and economic effects on the national scene.
We will see.
SRE will launch call center
Next Friday, January 14, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) headed by Marcelo Ebrard, will issue the ruling of a national tender that will allow to have a call center of the highest quality for users both in the consular network and in the territory national.
It will replace the current system that it has to offer two contact center services: 1.- to schedule appointments at the 56 consular offices of Mexico in the United States and Canada known as Mexitel and 2.- to schedule appointments at the 47 passport offices in Mexico.
These are very important services. The contact center for Latin America alone handles an average of 20,000 calls a day.
To date, the service is provided by the company Bufete Empresarial GTI, but it has had numerous complaints from users due to waiting times and the treatment of operators.
The SRE decided to change the provider and the annual contracting scheme for a multi-year one.
The agency seeks to unify call center services in the national territory and in the consular network in North America because this will generate economies of scale and strengthen the role of the SRE itself as a bidding entity and achieve more competitive offers.
The signing of a multi-year contract for three years will: guarantee the continuity of the service; generate incentives for the operator to make investments in technology that can be amortized over a longer term; it offers the flexibility to move from one budget year to another under favorable conditions; and, it generates savings, since the prices offered are lower if the service is contracted for an extended period. Additionally, it ensures fixed prices during the entire term of the contract.
They calculate savings of up to 30% of the current monthly billing compared to the maximum price offered by nine providers and compared to what you currently pay.
The new service center will come into effect on March 15 under a 36-month contract.
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He has worked non-stop in newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet, in the last 31 years he has specialized in business, finance and economics. He is one of the three hosts of the Alebrijes, Águila o Sol program, a program specialized in economic issues that is broadcast on Foro TV.