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24 April, 2014 | (01 hr)

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Mexico’s strong economic performance during 2011 and 2012 together with the installation of the new administration led by Enrique Peña Nieto has increased hopes that, after two decades of slow growth, the country is finally making the transition to achieve a higher growth path. However, a disappointing 2013 performance—a growth rate of less than 2 percent—has led to renewed concerns about whether Mexico is again living up to its reputation as a “perennial underachiever. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute, A tale of two Mexicos: Growth and prosperity in a two-speed economy, points at how a modern, fast-growing, highly productive economy and a traditional, low-productivity one are pulling in opposite directions, reducing GDP growth and progress in living standards.

One of Mexico’s leading business executives, Pablo Gonzalez, and the lead author of the McKinsey study, Jaana Rames, will join Bart van Ark, The Conference Board’s Chief Economist, to discuss the future of the Mexican economy from a scenario perspective.

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Pablo González Guajardo

Pablo González Guajardo
Chief Executive Officer
Kimberly-Clark de México

Pablo González is the CEO of Kimberly-Clark de México (KCM), a publicly traded consumer products company listed on the Bolsa de Valores de Mexico. Prior to his appointment as chief executive officcer in April 2007, González served as marketing director of the infant care busi...Full Bio

Jaana Remes

Jaana Remes
McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.

Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent ...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Senior Advisor
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is a Senior Advisor of the Economy, Strategy and Finance (ESF) Center at The Conference Board. From 2008 until September 2020 he was Chief Economist and Head ...Full Bio

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