President Felipe Calderón finally made known his decision on economic policy management. This morning, he nominated Finance Secretary Agustín Carstens to be the next Governor of Banco de México, replacing Guillermo Ortiz who has led the central bank for the last 12 years. Carstens’ nomination to a six year term must be ratified by the Senate. He also named Ernesto Cordero, who has been the Secretary of Social Development since 2008 as the new Secretary of Finance. Cordero, who has an MA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has been one of Calderón’s closest associates over the past decade. Cordero was head of legislative studies for the PAN from 2000-2003 when Calderón was the head of the PAN delegation in the Chamber of Deputies. In 2003, he went to Banobras and then the Ministry of Energy when Calderón headed those two agencies, and he was the candidate’s chief adviser on economic affairs during the 2006 presidential campaign and transition. In his remarks today, President Calderón said the personnel changes:
will allow for a better harmonization of the relation between the federal Government and the Central Bank, in order to reach the twin goals of keeping low rates of inflation and … at the same time promoting the changes and transformations that will enable the acceleration of the rate of growth of our economy.
The President also named Heriberto Félix Guerra as the new Secretary of Social Development. Félix is a senator from the Sinaloa (on leave of absence), and has been the undersecretary for small and medium business at the Ministry of Economy. (Presidencia 12/9)