May 27, 2020

Honduras joins a Mexican employment program to stop migration

The presidents of Mexico and Honduras, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Juan Orlando Hernández, signed an agreement on Saturday that the Mexican Government will support the Honduran to implement an employment program against forced migration.

At a meeting held in a nursery of the Ministry of National Defense in the municipality of Minatitlán in the eastern state of Veracruz, López Obrador said that Honduras will participate in the "Sowing Life" program.

According to the Mexican Government, the program seeks to "strengthen agroforestry production systems and combine the production of traditional crops with fruit and timber trees, which will help generate jobs, encourage food self-sufficiency and improve income."

Mexico will support Honduras with 30 million dollars to create 200,000 jobs in the Central American country.

López Obrador said that in Mexico 500,000 hectares are already being worked in the south-southeast of the country within this program.

"200,000 people are already working as sowers who are employed and receive a salary of 5,000 pesos ($ 257.5) per month, 4,500 pesos ($ 231.8) direct and 500 ($ 25.7) for savings," he said.

He added that in 2020 another 500,000 hectares and another 200,000 jobs will be added. The objective, he said, is that "with productive activities, creating employment, migration is made optional, not forced."

"What we want is for the Central American, the Mexican, to work and be happy where he was born, where their families, their cultures are," he said.

He indicated that Honduras will participate in this program from now on, and proposed that the Isthmian nation also adopt the "Youth building the future" program. The president explained that in Mexico there are already 900,000 young people participating, and that the plan is to reach 2.3 million.

He indicated that each youth is paid 3,600 pesos ($ 185.5) per month while training. "He has a tutor who guides him. He not only trains him but also guides him on the path of goodness and does not engage him to go down the path of antisocial behaviors," he added.

"What we want is for no young person to remain without study and without work. We are going to face the serious problem of insecurity and violence in this way. We are going to compete with the crime that takes young people," he added.

For his part, the Honduran president called on "all nations, friendly countries, development banks, international organizations, to know and support an initiative that contains legitimate purposes of development and prosperity."

"I invite you to call in the short term the formation of a large international coalition for the generation of mass employment in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala)," said Hernández.

He noted that the Honduran economy depends on 5% of coffee cultivation, but that more than 90% are small producers who receive less than two cents for every cup of coffee that in New York can cost five dollars.

"If we manage to bring high-productivity genetic material, use cutting-edge technology to add more value to the coffee producer's effort, we will be doing an act of enormous social justice," he said.

To this, López Obrador replied that Mexico will support Honduras "in all that is required" to improve coffee production in that country.

The Mexican president said he will support himself from genetic development to commercialization, and that tariffs will be revised so that "you don't have any problem to be able to sell coffee."

Mexico promotes the Comprehensive Development Plan for Central America in order to boost development and curb emigration.

On June 20, López Obrador and the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced the establishment of the program "Sowing lives in that Central American country.

Since October 2018, the flow of thousands of migrants from most of Central America that cross Mexico has intensified in order to reach the United States.

Mexico and the United States arrived on June 7 to an agreement that has resulted in the deployment of thousands of new National Guard troops in the southern and northern borders to control the migratory flow. In return, Washington has suspended its threat of applying tariffs on Mexican products for now.

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