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Long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization

Morena senator and upper house speaker Martí Batres says long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization. “Batres said that although the current federal government will not privatize the resource, measures are needed to prevent future administrations from doing so. According to the lawmaker, commercial exploitation of water has happened without implementing legal reforms at the municipal or state level. Batres cited the water decrees former president Enrique Peña Nieto signed at the end of his term last year as ‘a little heritage of water basin privatizations.’”

Source: pop-client

Students have produced a video about neoliberalism in the water sector

Students in water management and governance have produced a video about neoliberalism in the water sector. “There are numerous neoliberalizations of services and water resources, and we wanted to tell a story that was close to us. This is why we decided to tell the story of Zaida’s community in Punta de Mita, Mexico. The story centers on the re-location of local towns in favor of tourism developments and how this has affected the people by closing their access to the beaches. This means their livelihoods have been put at risk since, being a fishing community, its mayor source of income is the sea. But the developments do not only tamper with revenues, but also to their right to pursue enjoyment. This community finds its identity around the beach, as families gather to spend time together and different generations have been surfing the waves.” [Video, about 12 minutes]

Source: FLOWs

"Mexico should contemplate the partial privatization of Pemex"

With its debt growing, the president of Bursamétrica, Ernesto O'Farril, says Mexico should contemplate the partial privatization of Pemex, the Mexican energy company. His proposal “considers that the debt of Pemex, as well as the Federal Electricity Commission, would have to be separate on two fronts: unproductive assets and labor liabilities that are left to the government and, on the other hand, projects that may be more attractive for private investors.”

Source: La Jornada