Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
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That violent with which every Mexican politician and businessman and school- child associates was JAMES Christian Science Monitor also a major watershed for Mexico and the economically progressive Mexico of today with its political stability is its outgrowth. There dsquiet- ing signs that some of the eco- nomic progress and political stability may be coming apart. Thesei signs threaten danger for Mexico and the Mexicans. too few Mexi- cans are sharing in the modern progress so evident here in Mexico City. Signs of economic unrest based on the vastly un- equal income distribution and the poverty of the urban and rural poor are growing. latent student dis- which thrust itself into a major contest with the govern- ment in 1968 and again In is a most uncertain factor. It could erupt again with serious consequences for the govern- ment. In there are nasty guerrilla problems which have erupted In recent years. The kidnapping of the United States consul general in Guadalajara last May was an example. Even more serious is the activity of guerrillas in the rugged moun- tain state of Guerrero who have kept government troops at bay for the past four years. The student and guerrilla movements are seen by some observers as harbingers of what may be ahead for Mexico un- less it finds solutions soon to a host of pressing economic and social problems. It is no wonder that much ot the domestic effort of President Luis Echeverria Alvarez and his 32-month-old government is directed at meeting the econo- mic and social challenge facing Mexico. Mr. Echeverria and his minis- ters are quite frank about the problems. In numerous inter- the President wastes lit- tle time in talking about Mexi- co's obvious achievements which include the long record of economic growth and financial stability that is a point of envy for much of the rest of Latin America. Mr. Echeverria Is ob- viously more concerned with the areas of society where the achievements are few. Leading problems Inadequate un- lagging agricul- tural rural poverty staggering population increas- insufficient educational op- portunities these are a few jf the leading ant they appear to be in the fore- Iront of the Echeverria govern- ment's concern. 'It is not enough for us to to the spectacular econo- mic one of Mr. Echeverria's closest associates said recently. achieve- ments speak for themselves. What we must never forget are the problems that haven't been That attitude characterizes the Echeverria government. But whether the government can make head-way fast enough with these problems is a major question. In a series of talks with gov- ernment officials as well as Mexican and foreign busi- and other it becomes clear that the press ing problem of population of too many Mexicans is more 'and more seen as the root of much of Mexico's difficulties. Population is growing at the rate of 3.4 per cent per year. Nearly half of all Mexicans are under the age of 17 and the current growth rate sug- gests it will be more like half the population under the age of 15 by the end of the decade. The population is growing so fast that it doubles every 22 years. Unless something slows down this government sources the population of Mexico by 1990 will be nearly 100 million. it is 52 but just 22 years it was only 25 million. The dilemma of how to and then find jobs for this teeming popu- lation is the key problem fac- ing Mr. Echeverria. us government has begun a national family planning pro- a major and significant change of attitude. For Mexico has resisted efforts at birth control. But a fuH realization of the impact of the population spiral on the limited resources of Mexico led to a change of attitude. One minister simply do not have enough It is too early to judge the adequacy of the Echeverria government's family planning but there is a growing feeling of urgency in govern- ment circles as well as in the private sector over this prob- lem. Along with the population- control the Echeverria government is trying to alter a number of other trends in mod- em Mexican society. For ex- There Is an effort to if not the migration of people from rural areas to cities. nearly a fifth of all Mexicans live in greater Mexico and the trend is going at such a clip that this could be the largest city n the Western Hemisphere by end of the decade. Rural housing and attractive job op- portunities in provincial areas are part of the hut the jlans are only in their infancy. Plans to create jobs and find new areas of employment are being worked on. Unemploy- ment is running at an official 15 per although the total is probably higher. Some estimates place It at although that may too high. Conscious of the lagging agricultural growth as well as a slowing trend in industrial- increases in the last the Echeverria gov- ernment is making a new effort o' spark new agricultural and industrial expansion. New steel- xroeessing facilities on the Pa- cific the largest in Latin will be in operation within two and numerous other projects of but ess spectacular importance are now being developed by the 'overnrnent or by the govern- ment in joint ventures with either domestic or foreign capi- tal. Some answers Mr. Echeverria sees some of .he answers to Mexico's prob- ems as coming from jfc believes that Mexico is ready 'or an expanded political' and economic role in the world. Hia six-nation trip several months bade to Bel- the Soviet md China was-the signal of his intent. Ills trip was designed also to help Mexico obtain new invest- ment and to locate new mark- ets for its exports. Mexico ob- viously wants to cut back on ts long-time heavy dependence upon the United States for irt- estment moneys and for ex- port markets. Mexican officials vere quick last spring to assure that Mr. Echeverria's world tour was not slap at the United but an effort to broaden Ifwico's contacts. is a new route for Mexico and a new policy which we are undertaking with great Mr. Echeverria said as he embarked on the trip. It seems obvious that if Mexi- co is facing critical times Mr. Echeverria is de- termined to find solutions. He is not without his critics who con- tend that the long hours that he and his ministers put in each day are little more than window dressing and that the trip abroad was of a similar lure. But there appears to be a good deal of growing support for the Echeverria government from even some student and other sectors of the economy. Some of it may be begrudging but never' Itbdess it is support.