The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, asked the great powers on Thursday during the virtual G20 summit for a commercial and financial “truce” and the protection of informal workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That the great powers, the hegemonies, make a compromise of truce at this time: Avoid unilateral tariff policies, not the trade monopolies, review the management of the oil price that is greatly affecting the world economy, help stabilize markets financial and to stop speculation, “he said during his speech.
And he added: “Of course, not racism, not discrimination and encouragement. We are going to win with universal brotherhood.”
In addition, he asked “to help those who live in the informal economy.”
López Obrador defended his management of the crisis in Mexico, where the Government has relied on “specialists so as not to make mistakes” since “politicians are not todologists.”
He also said that “the Mexican family is the main social security institution” and is in charge of “caring” for the most vulnerable: “We have millions of nurses in our homes.”
López Obrador participated in the telematic summit accompanied by the chancellor, Marcelo Ebrard; the Secretary of the Treasury and Public Credit, Arturo Herrera; the undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, and the undersecretary of Foreign Relations, Julián Ventura.
It was the first time that López Obrador participated in a forum with world leaders, having refused last year to attend the G20 summit in Osaka and the UN General Assembly in New York, where he sent Ebrard.
G20 leaders, under Saudi Arabia’s annual presidency, held an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to address the coronavirus crisis.
Later, in a press conference, López Obrador explained that the meeting served to expose the “vision” of each country in the face of the pandemic, which accumulates more than 410,000 cases and 18,000 deaths, and possible measures for an economic recovery.
The Mexican president expressed his “solidarity” with the most affected countries and described as “fundamental” the participation of “the peoples” in the containment of this disease.
“To face this health crisis, hospitals are not enough, it requires the participation of people,” he said.
In this context, he spoke of the importance and “strength of the family” in Mexico when it comes to protecting older adults and people with risk factors such as diabetics or hypertension.
“It is fundamental to the strategy that we take care of each other,” he said.
He then explained to the world leaders the importance of protecting family micro-businesses and informal workers -the rate in Mexico was 56.2% in February- because before the paralysis of the economy “they are being very affected”.
“All cooperation, global support, must take these sectors into account,” he said.
Finally, he urged the UN to control the trade in medicines and equipment, warning that there is “shortage” and “hoarding” by “those who have more economic possibilities.”
“There has to be humanitarian, non-speculative, non-profit treatment,” he stressed.
Mexico currently records 475 confirmed cases and 6 deaths from COVID-19.
The country started this week the so-called Healthy Distance Day, which will last at least a month, and contemplates the suspension of non-essential public and private activities, social distancing and the suspension of massive events.
This Thursday also officially begins a closure of the federal government in non-essential activities, according to health authorities announced on Wednesday.
However, no mandatory quarantine has been implemented at the federal level, so the monitoring of all these prevention measures is uneven among citizens and among the 32 states that make up the country.