Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Slim’

Wikileaks: Poverty and wealth in Mexico

Monday, February 14th, 2011

[Translations of two articles from La Jornada of Mexico City for February 14, both by Roberto González Amador, on newly released Wikileaks cables. See original articles here and here and Wikileaks cables here and here. More complete list of recently released cables on Mexico here.]

Felipe Calderón, Beatriz Paredes, Jesús Ortega -- La Jornada photos

Calderón and political parties concealed information on poverty
Diplomatic cable reveals plot to withhold data until after 2009 elections

The panista [Partido Acción Nacional] administration of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and opposition parties reached an agreement in 2009 to withhold figures on the increase of poverty in the country until after the legislative elections of that year, in which the Partido Revolucionario Institucional won the greatest number of seats in Congress, according to a report by the United States embassy in Mexico.

Information on poverty is “politically sensitive” and it is more so during a campaign season. The cable from the United States embassy, supplied to La Jornada by Wikileaks, gives an account of an agreement between the government and the opposition to conceal the data.

The cable cites “semi-independent analysis based on official 2008 figures” to show that poverty increased from 42.6 percent of the total population in 2006, the year Calderón assumed the presidency, to 47.4 percent in 2008. Not mentioned is what happened in 2009, when the economy fell into recession. (more…)

The richest man in the world to come to Honduras

Monday, July 26th, 2010

[Translation of an article from Revistazo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for July 25.]

Tegucigalpa – Foreign minister Mario Canahuati said yesteday that former United States President Bill Clinton and the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, will come to Honduras to participate in an event to promote investment.  The event, called the  Relanzamiento de Honduras como País Atractivo para la Inversión [Relaunching Honduras as an Attractive Country for Investment] will be held in San Pedro Sula next November 4 and 5.

The foreign minister made the announcement during a meeting with the diplomatic corps in which he asked ambassadors to spread the word about opportunites the government is providing for foreign investments.

He asked them to get in contact with the businessmen of their countries so they can visit Honduras and confirm that the country is an attractive place for investments.

He also asked them for help in the development of economic and investment fairs since the government seeks to “raise the spirits of Hondurans in order to move toward what could be an alternative development and improvement in our fellow citizens’  living conditions.”

The governnment is counting on 20 million dollars of support from the Inter-American Development Bank to launch the project, Canahuati declared.

The World Bank is  expected to contribute a similar amount in hopes that Honduras will regain the position in the region that it once held.

Carlos Slim is a Mexican businessman involved in telecommunications who, according to Forbes magazine, is the richest man in the world.