Mexico: Victoria Rodriguez, first woman appointed head of Mexican central bank

Mexico: Victoria Rodriguez, first woman named as head of the Mexican central bank

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MEXICO | Mexican Secretary of State for Finance Victoria Rodriguez has been named governor of the Central Bank of Mexico by left-wing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, ahead of the first woman in the post as the country experiences its highest inflation in years . & nbsp;

Ms. Rodriguez's appointment has yet to be ratified by the Senate where President Lopez Obrador's party has a majority with his allies.

Ms. Rodriguez has been preferred at the last moment by the president to the former finance minister, Arturo Herrera.

“This is the first time that a woman will take the head of the Central Bank of Mexico,” said the head of state during his morning press conference.

Economist by training, Ms. Rodriguez had been the head of finance for the regional government of Mexico City.

“She acted with a lot of responsibility not to spend for the sake of spending,” said the left-wing head of state , which advocates a policy of budgetary austerity.

That same week, another woman, Loretta Ortiz, was elected among the eleven members of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. His appointment was endorsed by the Senate.

The announcement comes as Mexico recorded 7.05% inflation in the first fortnight of November, a record in 20 years.

Annual inflation stands at 6.24% in October, more than double the targets of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico).

Faced with inflation, Banxico announced on 11 November saw its fourth consecutive hike in its key rate, to 5%.

Financial analysts believe that the withdrawal of Herrera could cause “uncertainty” among investors and fuel doubts over the independence of La Banxico, member country of the OECD and fifteenth world economy.

The current governor, Alejandro Díaz de León, will end his mandate on December 31.

The Mexican economy, the largest in Latin America after Brazil, fell 8.5% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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