WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute hosted a webcast to discuss the latest report from Mexican thinktank Signos Vitales. 

The Pandemic in Mexico: The Scope of the Tragedy” is a two-part analysis of the devastating economic impact of COVID-19 in the country. 

Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute, moderated the discussion with panelists Eduardo Gonzalez-Pier, fellow at the Center for Global Development; Valeria Moy, general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness; and Enrique Cardenas, president of Signos Vitales.

Major points included the country’s delayed response to the pandemic, miscommunication and tension between local and federal agencies, the resulting GDP loss, a bleak forecast and, finally, lessons learned.

“It would be shameful is this crisis goes go to waste, and, by that, I mean there are very important lessons of what cannot happen with our health sector,” said Gonzalez-Pier. “We should start thinking about what all these numbers mean to avoid mistakes and identify what was gone right so that that we learn from this. “

He continued: “We need to share with the rest of the global community what happened in Mexico … Our assessment is not only for Mexico; it is also of global concern. The learning that might come from this exercise will have externalities for the better working of our governments.”

Gonzalez-Pier mentioned how President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is hoping educational programs on TV can help teach students while schools are not open to in-person instruction.

Here is a podcast of the webcast:

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Eduardo Gonzalez-Pier during in his appearance on the Mexico Institute webcast.

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