LatinNews Daily - 19 April 2023

In brief: Reform proposes eliminating public institutions in Mexico

* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent a reform initiative to congress which proposes the elimination or merging of 18 public bodies as part of a reorganisation of the federal public administration (APF). The initiative aims to “streamline the organisational structure of the APF in order to make public resources more efficient, speed up administrative processes and make proper use of national assets”. The reform would eliminate the executive secretary of the national anti-corruption system (SNA), which it claims is an “unnecessary bureaucratic structure”. It would also eliminate the mining development fund (Fifomi), citing upcoming mining reforms. Other proposed changes include converting decentralised public bodies into administrative units of the government ministries to which they are attached. This would include integrating the national refugee commission (Comar) into the interior ministry (Segob); the agri-food and fisheries information service (Siap) and the national service for inspection and certification of seeds (SNICS) into the agriculture ministry (Sader); the national ecology and climate change institute (Inecc) into the environment ministry (Semarnat); and the national commission for efficient use of energy (Conuee) into the energy ministry (Sener). The institute for water technology (IMTA), currently a decentralised public body attached to Semarnat, would be integrated into the national water commission (Conagua) under the reform. Other changes affect public bodies concerning the protection of children and adolescents, indigenous education and languages, the elderly, and disabled people.

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