The National Confederation of Governors: Conago

The National Confederation of Governors, Conago, is a permanent forum that seeks to strengthen federalism and is an inclusive forum open to all the states in the country, irrespective of their political affiliation.
This August 20th saw the 45th Ordinary Meeting of the National Confederation of Governors where energy reform, tax reform and constitutional reform were discussed held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
Says President Enrique Peña Nieto “Conago is a space for reflection, political agreement and responsibility; it is a forum for unity for breaking inertias and promoting the state and national transformations Mexico needs.”
The guiding principles of Conago are:
• It functions as an institutional space for achieving a better balance and distribution of the powers corresponding to the orders of federal and state government.
• It promotes the strengthening of the states in order to enable them contribute more to national development and to have the resources and capacity to meet the demands of their communities.
• It reaffirms the commitment of states to the federal pact and the duty to promote a genuine political process of authentic decentralization and strengthening of federalism.
• It proposes the design of inclusive programs to meet the demands for security, justice, social welfare, democracy and transparency.
• It seeks to promote the consolidation of a new relationship of respect and collaboration between levels of government.
Conago’s objectives include undertaking projects and political, economic, social and legal studies in order to discuss and propose solutions for budgetary policy, the transfer of powers and resources, social development, public safety, utilities, development processes and administrative decentralization, public investment policies, and the strengthening of local governments and intergovernmental relations.
President Nieto applauded the congress by saying, “Government efforts do not suffice to achieve the transformation of Mexico; the work of all the authorities, especially state governments, is required. Political pluralism, far from being an obstacle, it is a strength that can enrich our vision and public policies.”
Source: Conago

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  1. What I am reading here is: “Power-to-the-people” by decentralizing portions of the central government to the state governments, and hence to the people.

    The central government cannot take on the entire burden of the people, like in, “Ask not what the government can do for you – but what you can do for your country”.

    The first step is an educated populace. This is being accomplished by better schools and educational opportunities for the people. It is also being done by the number of highly educated and skilled foreign nationals moving to live full time in Mexico.

    The next thing is to increase the production of low cost electrical energy in all parts of Mexico, for all people; for they are the producers and consumers and engine of the national economy.

    Mexico has chosen the energy policy of solar electrical generation as distributed generation . The safest and most economical way is with the salt tower, and the encircled mirror reflectors. During the day the salt is liquefied by the sunlight reflected off the mirrors, and the liquefied salt heats water for steam to power the steam electric generators both day and night.

    In early America, large federal dams were constructed to provide drinking water, and hydroelectric power to the cities and farms of the U.S. An example is San Francisco, where the Hetch Hetchi water and hydroelectric system provided water and power to develop the city into one of the most beautiful and famous in America.

    Today the San Francisco Bay Area has one of the highest percentages of College and University graduates in America; plus Silicon Valley and UC Berkeley .

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