Analysis of the Global Economy
In 2008-2009, the world suffered the worst financial crisis in history after the Great Depression. Although the US economy has registered positive growth rates in recent times, many regions of the world are still in trouble. Europe has not over yet overcome the terrible impact of years of recession. Several economies in Latin America, including Brazil, are mired in a severe recession. Even in China, growth rates are decreasing. What comes next? Have we overcome the crisis of 2008 - 2009 or are we facing the risk of a new recession?
Creating Economic Opportunities by Improving the Climate
Climate change has become one of the greatest threats to future development. Despite the scientific evidence on the relationship between carbon emissions from human activities and increasing climate risk, the world is not taking enough action to mitigate those risks. This is to a large extent due to the false belief that taking the necessary actions represents an enormous economic cost to governments and businesses.
As President of the World Commission on the Economy and Climate and as one of the most recognized leaders in the field worldwide, Felipe Calderon provides a new vision for addressing climate change while generating economic growth and alleviating poverty.
Crisis and Competitiveness: The Case of Mexico
Due to the strong linkage of its exports to the US consumer, Mexico was the country that suffered the most the impact of the 2009 financial crisis. President Calderon explains how he led the rapid recovery of Mexico since the economic crisis of 2009 and simultaneously improved the country’s competitiveness through market-oriented policies, deregulation, technological education and infrastructure investment, which reached unprecedented levels. He also put in place a firm strategy to fight organized crime and establish the rule of law. The expression "The Moment of Mexico" was coined at the end of his administration, when Mexico became one of the most competitive manufacturing economies and one of the largest exporters in the world.
Energy and Telecommunications Reforms in Mexico: New Investment Opportunities
In the last decade, Mexico has become one of the leading investment destinations in the world. The strength of its public finances, the increasing competitiveness of its infrastructure, a better trained labor force and the strengthening of the rule of law are some of Mexico’s attractions to global investors. Recent structural reforms the country’s investment appeal. With his experience as President of Mexico and as Secretary of Energy Felipe Calderon provides a clear balance between the challenges and opportunities resulting from the energy and telecommunications reforms. His insights are essential inputs for decision-making in the new global economy.
What is Happening in Latin America?
After an outstanding decade for Latin America in economic terms, today multiple questions about the immediate and long term future of the subcontinent have arisen. With the clear macroeconomic thinking and leadership experience that allowed him to successfully lead Mexico through the 2009 global economic crisis, Felipe Calderon offers a rich retrospective of what happened in Latin America the past decade. Furthermore, by contrasting the region’s main growth models, he presents an illuminating overview of the opportunities and challenges facing Latin America in the XXI century.
Leading by Principles
In a world of constant change in which major decisions are made with scarce information, business and government leaders face difficulties making decision based on principles and values. As President of Mexico in a period of high economic, political and social complexity, Felipe Calderon shares his leadership experiences in applying abstract principles into concrete realities seeking the common good. With the consistency that characterizes him, he provides a clear vision of how to make decisions based on principles and values applied to reality.
Felipe Calderón served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.
Felipe Calderon is one of Latin America's most distinguished leaders. He is internationally recognized as a President who strengthened the rule of law and made possible the economic recovery of Mexico after the world economic crisis. During his term he implemented public policies that projected Mexico as a powerful player in the global economy. He was named "Statesman of the Year" by the World Economic Forum, and considered one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine.
Felipe Calderon served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. Previously, he was Secretary of Energy (and as such chaired the boards of PEMEX and CFE) and director of Banobras (National Bank of Public Works and Services). He was both local and federal congressman, leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in the Federal Congress and General Secretary and National President of PAN.
President Calderon has a degree in law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho; holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Apart from leading an unprecedented effort to strengthen the rule of law in Mexico, during his administration the Mexican economy achieved stability and growth. Despite the impact of the 2009 international economic crisis, Mexico's competitiveness was boosted by policies aimed at deregulation, free trade, competition, private investment and technical education as well as increased investment in infrastructure.
During his tenure, Mexico became one of the world’s biggest exporters, accounting for 60% of the total manufacturing exports in Latin America and the Caribbean. When he took office, Mexico was the ninth exporter of vehicles worldwide, by the end of his administration it was the fourth largest.
Felipe Calderon hosted and chaired the G-20Summit of Leaders, the most important forum of heads of state and government. He also chaired the UN Conference on Climate Change COP 16, which marked a new era of cooperation in this field.
He has been named "Statesman of the Year" by the World Economic Forum and "Champion of the Earth" by the United Nations. He has received the Teddy Roosevelt Award for the Environment, the GLOBE Award from the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment, the International Star of Energy Efficiency award, among other important awards as a world leader on environmental issues.
Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); member of the Board of the World Resources Institute and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
He is founder and president of the Sustainable Human Development Foundation, where he works to analyze and propose viable policy alternatives for Mexico and promoting low carbon development alternatives for the world.
His most recent book The Challenges We Face, which deals with the main policies implemented during his administration, has sparked an intense debate about the policies that Mexico, as one of the major emerging economies, has followed on its way to development.