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The challenge of the municipalities of America is to equate access to development, says Mexico

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said today that the challenge of municipal governments is to equalize the opportunity that communities have to access development, during their Intervention at the XI Hemispheric Summit of Mayors.

Mexico, Aug 25 (EFE) .- The Mexican Minister of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, said today that the challenge of municipal governments is to equalize the opportunity that communities have to access During his speech at the XI Hemispheric Summit of Mayors.

"The future will depend on the strength of organized society," Guajardo said in a keynote address at Which was attended by Guatemalan Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1992, and Costa Rica's Laura Chinchilla.

In the framework of the summit, which takes place in Pachuca, Of Mexico, the minister considered that the interaction, the transparency and the capacity of the societies to reward or to punish their rulers is fundamental.

In the economic aspect, Guajardo underlined that 29% of Mexico's 2,400 municipalities account for 60% of the country's manufacturing potential.

Menchú defined municipalities as the And countries as instruments with the capacity to exercise leadership in the management of basic services that the population needs.

Chinchilla said that Municipalities, which he called "local governments", are instruments of national governments to respond to the challenges.

"Local governments can acquire a special role In this great task of seeing how we recover the illusion of citizens towards democracy, "said the ex- president.

The XI Hemispheric Summit of Mayors meets in Pachuca, capital of State of Hidalgo, local authorities and municipal leaders of the continent.

The meeting is conceived as a high level event and space for dialogue and consensus building on the Development of the municipalities, in which the great challenges are discussed and actions with vision of the future are agreed

For this Saturday, the last day of activities of the summit, are anticipated Technical visits to innovative projects in the state of Hidalgo.

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