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The Economic Pulse of Mexico: A Critical Look at AMLO's Term




In its "Global Economic Prospects" report, the World Bank has provided a comprehensive economic evaluation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's term, marking it as a period of minimal growth for Mexico. This assessment positions Mexico as the slowest-growing economy in Latin America during this time, predicting a term that might be seen as a lost six years in terms of GDP growth.


A Look into Mexico's Economic Performance






The World Bank's report highlights a stark reality: the Mexican economy has not only experienced a contraction of -0.9% in the first four years of López Obrador's presidency but is also projected to continue at a subdued pace. The anticipated average annual growth of just 0.38% falls significantly short of the 4% annual growth that López Obrador promised as a candidate. This marks the current term as the least economically performant in over three decades, a period dating back to the administration of Miguel de la Madrid.


Comparative Economic Slowdown


Notably, the report underscores that no other Latin American country – with the exception of Venezuela, which was excluded due to unreliable data – is projected to grow as slowly as Mexico during this period. While the president often attributes these economic woes to the COVID-19 pandemic's impacts, it's evident that other Latin American countries, which faced similar challenges, have seen more robust growth and most have recovered to their pre-pandemic GDP levels.


Factors Contributing to Mexico's Economic Lag


Economist Héctor Nájera Catalán points to two main factors that have contributed to Mexico's economic lag: a decline in both public and private investment and the government's decision against implementing more impactful fiscal stimulus policies during the pandemic. This conservative approach to public spending, described as a "very neoliberal bet," starkly contrasts with the more aggressive fiscal stimulus measures adopted by other Latin American governments.


Looking Forward


As we analyze these economic trends, it's crucial for businesses, investors, and policymakers to understand the broader implications for Mexico and the Latin American region. The World Bank's findings offer a sobering reminder of the challenges ahead and the need for strategic economic planning and investment.


At Lumex Trade, we understand the significance of these economic insights and their impact on trade and investment. Our commitment is to provide our clients with the knowledge and strategies necessary to navigate these complex economic landscapes.

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