MEXICO CITY – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that “mutual trust” was achieved during his meeting with the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), which would allow the new government “to transform the country” in “harmony.”
“There is an atmosphere of mutual trust. We trust the business sector and they have expressed trust in the new government, which will carry out actions to transform the country,” the president-elect said during a press conference after his two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the CCE.
Lopez Obrador, who won last Sunday’s election with a clear majority, said that the meeting was “very cordial” and “very respectful.”
“Agreeing on the need to carry out real change and a transformation of the country, the businessmen have assumed a very responsible attitude,” he said.
Lopez Obrador, who has been branded as a left-wing populist by his detractors, said that he would “not impose anything,” even though his party, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), and its allies won a majority in both houses of Congress.
The president-elect praised the head of the CCE, Juan Pablo Castañon, whom he portrayed as “a business leader with civic and social foresight.”
Castañon also hailed the meeting, saying that a social program was discussed that would help young people gain work experience as apprentices in private businesses.
The president-elect said he would launch two social programs once in office, one to provide scholarships for young people, and the other to increase pensions for senior citizens, which would require a $7.66-billion investment.
Lopez Obrador said that the scholarship program, which would help 2.6 million youths continue their studies or gain work experience as apprentices, would cost $5.6 billion per year.
As for the plan to expand and increase pensions for senior citizens, the president-elect said that the program would require just over $2 billion per year.
According to Lopez Obrador, the two programs would be paid for by reducing the high salaries and other benefits of top government officials, avoiding the need to increase taxes of raise the debt.