Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced changes in
both the Legal and the Extended Cabinet.
Dr. José Narro Robles as Minister
Mikel Arriola Peñalosa as Director
General of the Mexican Social Security Institute.
Dr. José Antonio
González Anaya, as the new Director General of Petróleos Mexicanos.
Dr. José Narro Robles
received instructions to continue institutional efforts to expand health care
coverage so that people can exercise their constitutional right to health
Dr. Narro has also been instructed
to improve the quality of services provided by federal and state institutions
and strengthen coordination between the health sector, federal social security
institutions, and the respective state ministries.
The use of new technologies
must be intensified in order to achieve more
efficient, timely and effective medical care.
Social Security Institute
The new stage in the health
sector will be accompanied by a new stage in the Mexican Social Security
Institute, and I have therefore instructed Mikel Arriola Penalosa to continue with
the financial reinforcement of this important social security institution.
He will maintain and speed
up the process of simplifying procedures, modernize infrastructure and equipment,
as well as measures for the timely prevention and detection of diseases, which have
been implemented in recent years.
The aim is also to reduce
waiting times for scheduled surgery and the allocation of hospital beds and consolidate
the IMSS as a benchmark for social security in the 21st century.
As the new Director General
of Petróleos Mexicanos, Dr. José Antonio González Anaya will have to meet two
challenges: on the one hand, he will have to hasten the
transformation of Petróleos Mexicanos to maximize the opportunities offered by Energy
Reform, with a focus on greater environmental sustainability.
And at the same time, he
will have to achieve its financial and productive strengthening in a context of
low international oil prices.
It will be necessary to
adjust the cost structure, review program spending and strengthen investment
processes, using the new schemes and investment partnerships with the private
sector provided by Energy Reform.