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“Support for democratic institutions is critical,” Says Ambassador Garza

Amb. Garza, Eduardo Romero, Adolfo Franco


Ambassador Garza, Secretary Romero and Assistant Administrator Franco

Mexico City, June 29, 2005 – “Support for democratic institutions is critical because good governance means accountability, transparency, and access to government for all citizens,” said U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza today at a conference focusing on the results of U.S.-Mexican cooperation. “The Good Government Agenda clearly illustrates Mexico’s commitment to democracy.”

Today Ambassador Garza accompanied by the Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Adolfo Franco of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and representatives of the Mexican government attended a conference highlighting the results achieved under President Fox’s Good Government Agenda. The U.S. government has supported the development of this agenda since its inception in 2001.

At the conference, the University of Michigan and the Universidad Iberoamericana signed an agreement on the development of a customer satisfaction index signed that will provide Mexican citizens with a new tool for government accountability. Providing accurate, comparable, and objective information on the quality of government services, this index will assist government offices in improving their services.

Secretary for Government Operations Dr. Eduardo Romero Ramos; Deputy Secretary Dr. Miguel Székely Pardo of the Secretary for Social Development; Deputy Secretary for Government Operations Jesús Mesta Delgado; and Julián Adame Miranda head of the Quality Network of the Federal Government attended the event at a Mexico City hotel.

Assistant Administrator Franco also announced that the U.S. government will support a Regional Forum on Good Government where Central American countries and Mexican state governments will be invited to share best practices in government innovation and to visit sites of Mexican success stories.

Earlier in the day, the Ambassador also attended the first annual conference of The National Business Council on HIV/AIDS (CONAES) composed of 21 large corporations in Mexico who have joined forces to eradicate stigma and discrimination against AIDS in the workforce. The effort was spearheaded by a public-private partnership between the founding companies, the U.S. government, and key AIDS prevention organizations in Mexico.

“The companies here today are leading the fight against HIV/AIDS in the workplace and we are proud to support their battle – it’s good for people, good for business,” said Ambassador Garza. “Public and private partnerships are critical in the fight against this deadly disease.”


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