Morning Presidential Press Conference – Monday, July 31, 2023

Summary of the main points in President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s daily press conference

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador emphasized that, according to the National Statistics Institute (INEGI), the Gross Domestic Product grew 3.6% in the first quarter of 2023. He recalled that the government’s new economic policy has reduced poverty and inequality. “You don’t know how satisfied I am, because it is one thing to have the conviction to help poor people, but it is another to be able to prove that the strategy works,” he said.

The head of the Executive Branch clarified that Mexico has no plans to create new nuclear power plants. The only such plant in Mexico is located in Laguna Verde, Veracruz. This plant, he pointed out, is safe, reliable, and receives permanent specialized maintenance.

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President López Obrador pledged to send a bill to Congress to establish a special day against animal abuse. On this date, animal rights advocates could demonstrate in their defense.

On the route of the Maya Train, 3.9 million people receive benefits from well-being programs equivalent to more than 68.81 billion pesos (US$4.11 billion). This stimulates the economy, employment, and the well-being of the inhabitants of southeast Mexico. The Federal Electricity Commission is investing more than 8 billion pesos (US$470 million) in the construction of an Integral Electric System to supply energy to the Maya Train. It consists of combined cycle power plants, photovoltaic power plants, substations, transmission and distribution lines, as well as infrastructure for the train to operate electrically on 44% of the 1,554 km of railroad track.

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