Mexico to reduce budget burden by state oil firm PemexChristian Fernsby ▼ | July 12, 2019
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday his government will reduce the federal budget burden taken on by state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
LatAm Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mexico's successive governments have heavily relied on the Pemex revenues from its oil sales, which contribute up to 40 percent of the federal budget. Feeding national budgets over years have consumed a lot of money to be otherwise used to strengthen the once major oil producer, according to the president.
Lopez Obrador has vowed to raise Mexico's growth rate to 4 percent from the current 2 percent by investing in productive projects, such as oil production and refining.
International credit rating agencies have threatened to lower Mexico's investment grade credit rating unless there is a substantial improvement in Pemex's weak finances. ■