11
Jul
2018

Gabriel Casillas talks about how AMLO would deal with the present comercial war and the future of NAFTA

We have been following very closely of course the position taken by President elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador in regards to this meeting he had with the business community in the last few days.There is two really big issues that have to do with Mexico and it’s ability to do commerce around the world, and it has to do with tariffs, as you know there is a tariffs war around the world, a comercial war taking place and how that potencially affect the future renegotiation of NAFTA. To talk about these issues is with us Gabriel Casillas, Chief Economist for Banorte.

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23
Apr
2018

Entrevista con Ricardo Pascoe. Perspectiva de la relación entre México, Estados Unidos y Cuba tras la elección del Presidente Díaz Canel

Por primera vez en seis décadas el Presidente de Cuba no se apellida Castro El nuevo mandatario, Miguel Díaz Canel, de 57 años, nació después de la revolución de 1959. Este relevo debería ser un indicio de los profundos cambios que se estarían llevando a cabo en la isla pero, en su primer discurso, el Presidente Díaz Canel fue muy claro en subrayar que el general Raúl Castro de 86 años de edad sigue al mando de país y que no se esperen grandes cambios ni reformas políticas ni económicas.
¿Qué impacto podría tener para la seguridad nacional de México y la estabilidad regional a corto y a mediano plazo esta transición?
Estamos agradecidos que nos pueda acompañar el experto en seguridad nacional y ex embajador de México en Cuba Ricardo Pascoe, bienvenido.

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18
Apr
2018

Interview with Manuel Molano Deputy General Manager of the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness analyzing the Slim-AMLO debate regarding new Mexico City Airport

This story has been making headlines around the world Carlos Slim one of the most prosperous business men in Mexico and the world had a very interesting interview where he defended the new Mexico city airport, as you know we a rein the construction of a new airport, that would replace the old airport, here in Mexico city and candidate Manuel Lopez Obrador came out and said that this airport should not be built because he thought that there’s was a better and cheaper option. Carlos slim has a stake with one of his companies in the contract for building this airport, came out and said that not only would this effect the development of Mexico City but would indeed affect the future of the country. Let’s talk about this, I have you on the line now and I know you haven’t been on the show for a while the deputy general manager for the Mexican institute for competitiveness. Welcome to the show Manuel I’m glad to have you here. What are your reactions to this debate?
Hello Ana Maria, well I think that Mr. slim is right this discussion should have happened 5 years ago before the project was started, in the end most of the landing strips where most of the soil for the landing spots for the plains is already in place, and that a very big asset, I mean a big one around 30 billion pesos so I mean what are we going to do with that, a dancing floor or something(laughs) I mean we need to finish the project. Al though AMLO has a point saying yeah maybe we don’t need a 85 billion terminal I mean to put that in dollar terms I mean it’s not very expensive but it’s still around 4 billion US not a very expensive building, but I having said that in the department of financiers airports are cash cows all the business flows to finance this project and all the revenues to pay for the investment have been very carefully planned and the capital markets pretty much invested in this, so I think that in the end Mr. slim is right, I don’t think that AMLO´s idea of building additional landing strips in the military base of Santa Lucia is actually a viable option.
What do you think is going on here Manuel? Because there is a debate on the technical aspects on the position taken by Andres Manuela but there seems to be something else going on due with politics but I just don’t understand the politics behind this, I don’t know if Andres Manuel is attacking Carlos slim or if he’s just questioning or sending a message to the business community or if Andres Manuel really believes this. Would he still stick to creating a commission, which he did announce that he would create a commission that would evaluate the airport and not only that but the side of the contracts, then he al of a sudden comes out and says we´re not going to drop this airport.
Whoever the new president of Mexico is going to be, of course I would draw a line this is the flashiest project of the Peña administration, so I would indeed say we need to cut corners in this and that etc… and we need to think of the contract and think about the mobility plane and we need also to be looking at the realtor renovation options and look at what is going to be done with land of the old airport. Which are actually the most important points? What will happen to the current Benito Juarez airport? That’s an integral part, we can actually have a lake there, flood it. I’m really skeptical of the environmental damage of the new airport.
I remember in the 17th century where a man called Martinez was called in to open up the mountain in this area and drain the lake. That’s where he basically killed the ecosystem that existed before the Spaniards came to Mexico. Right now you can have more renovation options like creating more water basins in that area, is something that definitely needs to be looked at but that’s not compatible with building the new airport. Of course there are also about 5 airports around Mexico city and we could work on a plan for regional navigation from the Toluca, Queretaro, Pachuca, Puebla and Cuernavaca areas, but these airports do not have the capacity to be a part of an international hub and a city of this size needs an international hub because other international Latin America cities have them, even the smallest cities like san Salvador have them and they are becoming a regional hub. If we do not do this we are missing out on large international opportunities. I think that Mr. slim is right optimizing the efficiency and cost of the project is a different matter. What’s very surprising is that there is no change in AMLOs discourse (that the project needs to be canceled) I don’t think that is a sound option for this country.
Well on last question, I real appreciate you joining us today, is the going to be any political consequences for Andres Manuel for taking this position, and I mean he may even get more votes for taking this position. As you know this is a very interesting election, do you think that there will be any voters that will take a look at this and think twice or there will be voters that will definitely vote for him now that he has taken this position
I think that Mr. Slim is a very respected person he does have his detractors but I can say that most Mexicans admire him, this might take a toll on Andres Manuel and this will also reveal Andres Manuel as a probable future president of Mexico him and slim actually use to be very good friends as you know.
I know and that’s what surprised me about this debate because they were actually almost partners when he was mayor of Mexico City. Andres Manuel opened up most of the historical part of the city for Carlos slim in order to do rebuilding a lot of buying and actually a lot of improvement. I’m just trying to figure out where is this going.
I guess this is a new lesson for slim and he has to find out that there are no friends in politics. there’s no telling wit Andres Manuel, he offered Enrique Cardenas the position for the Puebla governor and again he gave it to Manuel Baroza, and he left his loyalist form old times and I guess this might take a toll on Andres Manuel and also there are many Mexicans and followers that think that this airport is a discussion just for rich people and think this won’t affect them.
It’s great to have you on the show and I hope you come back to talk about this, there’s a lot of issues to talk about
I would love to invite you Ana Maria
Thank you, Manuel Molano

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12
Apr
2018

U.S. Ambassador Robrta Jacobson talks about the future issues in the relation between the US & México

Today we have a very special guest in the show, Ambassador Roberta Jacobson who’s literally days about to leave the country. It has been interesting times in the bilateral relationship. What are the big issues that are going to be talking about towards the future (of the US-Mexico relationship) We have to assume that what is happening right now is just one of those hiccups in the relationship? There has been many in the last decades. What are the big issues?

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31
Jan
2018

Update about the current status of NAFTA negotiations with Moises Kalach

We are still trying to understand what are the results and the agreements that the negotiators have been reached in this latest round of NAFTA negotiations that took place in Montreal. Joining us to give us an update as to where NAFTA is, as we speak, is Moises Kalach, coordinator of Strategic Negotiations for the CCE, that represents the interests of the Mexican Business Community.

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17
Nov
2017

Analyzing the first year of Trump’s presidenc with Ambassador Melanne Verveer

A year ago, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, despite most analysts predicting Hillary Clinton would be the first women President of the United States, but, including myself, we were all wrong.

It all happened a year ago and it’s important to start thinking an analyzing what happened, but particularly important let’s think and look at what happened and how this has impacted the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States. That’s why today’s guest, one of the panelists at the Mexico Women’s Forum 2017, Melanne Verveer, who is a voice coming from the United States talking about what is happening in the United States and the bilateral relation a year from Trump’s election.

Melanne Verveer is Director of the Georgetown University Institute for Women Peace and Security, but, she did work in both Clinton Administration. She has been a very important voice in speaking about women’s issues around the world.

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13
Nov
2017

Discussing APEC 2017 and the Future of TPP with Sergio Negrete from ITESO

President Enrique Peña Nieto traveled to APEC last week, a very important meeting that took place in Vietnam. One of the issues that came out of the meeting is the fact that eleven countries out of twelve that originally negotiated the Trans Pacific Parntership, decided to move forward with some type of trade agreement without the President of the United States. They decided to sit down and try to finance a new agreement. To talk about this is Sergio Negrete, professor at ITESO.

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25
Oct
2017

Paulo Carreño King General Director of ProMexico speaks about promoting Mexico in an anti-Nafta environment.

Paulo Carreño King General Director of ProMexico speaks about promoting Mexico in an anti-Nafta environment. 

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25
Oct
2017

Moises Kalach and Ana Maria Salazar talk about the future of NAFTA

Moises Kalach, coordinator of the Strategic Negotiations for Mexican Business Community of the Private Sector an Ana María Salazar talk about the future of NAFTA and the bilateral relationships between Mexico and the United States,

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19
Feb
2014

Interview with Governor Bill Richardson

Governor Bill Richardson came to Mexico City to present his book "How to Sweet - Talk a Shark" at the American School Foundation. In this interview he tells us what works in a negotiation:


1. Respect the other side
2. Know their culture
3. Use Humor
4. Find ways to know where you want to end up after talking...

Want to learn more about negotiation? Want more useful tips? Listen to this interview
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