Mexico to create special zones to develop poor southern states

Mexico’s poorer southern states have historically lagged behind the rest of the country in education and living standards.
Mexico’s poorer southern states have historically lagged behind the rest of the country in education and living standards.

Associated Press

Mexico’s president has proposed creating three “special economic zones” to spur development in the country’s poorer southern areas.

The first three zones will be in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and the third is planned for the area around the Pacific coast seaport of Lazaro Cardenas.

The areas will get special tax and customs benefits to attract investment and job creation. There will also be some streamlining of permitting and other procedures.

Some areas of northern and central Mexico are more industrially and technologically sophisticated, while much of the south has lagged behind.

In President Enrique Pena Nieto’s words, “We cannot allow such large and growing socio-economic differences to exist between the north and south.”

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Rise in violent crimes shakes Mexico City

During the first eight months of this year, murders rose 5% nationwide.
During the first eight months of this year, murders rose 5% nationwide.

By Juan Montes / Wall Street Journal

Mexico’s roaring capital city, among the most populous in the Western Hemisphere, has long been considered a haven from the violent drug gangs that run unchecked across many parts of the country. But a sharp rise this year in violent crime here has many worried that the city’s favored status is in jeopardy.

The Federal District, home to some nine million of the 20 million inhabitants in the Mexico City metropolitan area, saw homicides rise 21 percent to 566 in the first eight months of this year, according to Interior Ministry data released last week, putting the capital’s murder rate at its highest level over the same period since 1998.

“It has been a slow process, but it appears that criminal activity around Mexico City is finally moving into the capital. This is a very worrying trend,” said Juan Salgado, a security expert at CIDE University and a member of nonprofit government-accountability group Causa en Común.

The increase in murders in Mexico City has contributed to a nationwide rise in homicide for the first time since President Enrique Peña Nieto took power in late 2012, months after the rate of killings linked to the country’s murderous drug war began to fall.

The rising toll is a big challenge for Mr. Peña Nieto, whose administration had trumpeted the decline in murders over the past two years as proof that the government’s security initiatives, such as improved coordination between crime-fighting agencies like the army and federal police, were working.

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