Mexico’s President Seeks To Merge Telecom Watchdog With Ministry

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is readying a bill proposal that could transfer telecom regulator IFT’s responsibilities and personnel to Mexico’s communications and transportation ministry (SCT), which used to oversee telecom affairs before the watchdog was created in 2013.

The administrative reform, which would also affect other autonomous agencies, is meant to reduce costs and end bureaucratic delays and luxurious practices, the president said at his morning press conference on Thursday, January 7.

“I have a cabinet meeting on Monday where I am going to present the proposal so that each ministry can create its own plan, and once we have everything we can present the legal reforms,” he said, adding that he expects the topic to spark a debate.

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