There will be no more delays on the Mexico City-Acapulco freeway, President Peña Nieto promised yesterday when he unveiled a list of 11 actions to revitalize the economy of the state of Guerrero.
It might be a tall order considering that the militant state teachers’ union Ceteg has conducted several blockades of the highway, known as the Autopista del Sol, and occupied toll booths.
But Federal Police commissioner Enrique Galindo backed up the president’s promise with a guarantee there will be no blockades, although he qualified that by specifying they would not take place during the vacation period.
He said he understands that teachers have the right to stage protests but he believes teachers understand, too, that citizens have the right to travel.
Other measures announced by the president yesterday during an event in Acapulco include an additional 50% reduction in the toll on the highway (which has already been reduced by the same amount) during the Christmas holiday season, along with deployment of Federal Police in Acapulco during the same period.
Peña Nieto said the economic stagnation is a concern because of job losses, the closing of some businesses and low hotel occupancy.
In response, the government will offer tax breaks and other support to businesses in Acapulco, Chilpancingo, Iguala, Taxco and Zihuatanejo, and a special fund will support small businesses at risk of closing in those same five municipalities.
A temporary employment program expected to benefit 130,000 families will be implemented, and a state-wide paving program will be undertaken at a cost of 500 million pesos.
A special tourism promotion program will be activated, and the government will propose to airlines that they offer reduced tariffs during the year-end tourist season.
Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu said tourism is the state’s principal economic driver, generating 25% of its Gross Domestic Product.
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