Mexican president delivers gov't report, highlighting anti-crime battle (4)

21:33, September 03, 2010      

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"Mexicans will have a better open television signal. It will also free up the 700 megahertz band for fourth generation mobile technology. We Mexicans will enter a new technological era."

On environmental issues, Calderon said that his country had prevented the emission of 20 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) this year and was on the way to reaching the target of a net emission cut of 50 million tons of CO2 by the end of his office term.

He also said during his administration, there have been 3.5 million hectares of reforested areas.

Calderon said that according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mexico was losing 235,000 hectares of forest per year and "the figure was reduced to 150,000 hectares per year, from 2006 to 2009 and this year it will be much lower."

Speaking of the economy, Calderon said that the economy recovery in the country is underway, but there is still much to do to generate the employment.

Calderon underscored the country's low interest rates, inflation controls among others.

He said that in the first eight months of this year, his government generated 630,000 new jobs and his country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is forecasted at 4 percent for this year.

He also said his country's tax collection increased 17 percent and registered foreign reserves for more than 106 billion U.S. dollars, more than double of Mexico's external debt.

Mexico's exports advanced 36 percent, the biggest annual increase in 20 years, and the country attracted 70 billion U.S.dollars in foreign direct investment, he said.

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