The Mexico Economic Policy Program (MEPP)
MEPP works with the Mexico City Government to promote a culture of entrepreneurship among its 400,000 student core at public universities with its Atrévete a Emprender CDMX (Dare to Start-Up) program, where students receive guidance on how to develop their ideas into start-ups. Photo credit: Natalia Jardon, Abt Associates. Mexico – the world’s 15th-largest economy – has high growth potential, yet the country still falls short in its private sector growth, ranking 61st of 148 countries, according to the World Economic Forum (2014-2015).
USAID’s Mexico Economic Policy Program (MEPP), launched in April 2013, is helping the Mexican government strengthen its economic governance mechanisms to improve the country’s private sector productivity and competitiveness. MEPP, a five-year project led by Abt Associates, collaborates with public sector and civil society organizations to promote growth and innovation in Mexican small and medium-sized enterprises, thus improving livelihoods.
- Created an award-winning productivity tool — the Economic Productivity Survey — which obtains information from public sector officials in diverse government ministries and agencies, which Mexico’s Ministry of Finance uses to assess how well federal subsidy designs promote economic productivity and to make formal recommendations to improve major spending programs;
- Helped local governments make public data available on transparency platforms, increasing citizens’ access to public information;
- Encouraged young entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into start-ups through the Atrévete a Emprender CDMX (Dare to Start-Up) program;
- Provided a platform for citizens and independent experts to weigh in on the construction and management of Mexico City’s new airport through ObservatorioNAICM (the Citizen Observatory for Mexico City’s New Airport); and
- Strengthened Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission’s capacity to investigate collusion and other anti-competitive practices and enforce the country’s competition laws.