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I usually don’t agree with journalist and author Tom Friedman, but when he refers to Mexico in one of his columns as “The Comeback Kid,” I enthusiastically tip my hat to him.

Friedman makes no apologies for the country’s endemic problems of monopolies in energy, telecommunications and media, a poorly performing educational system, violent drug cartels, and widespread corruption among law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities. However, Mexico’s significant progress and achievements in macroeconomic policy, post-secondary education, and technology, along with the Peña Nieto administration’s commitment to fiscal, energy and educational reform provide compelling reasons to be optimistic about Mexico’s future.

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