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CIA: we have a little list…

3 October 2015

According to the CIA Word Fact Book, the most important “political pressure groups” in Mexico are the business chambers.  Of the 16 listed groups (alphabetically, by the English language equivalent of their names) less than half are workers or citizens groups, and of those only three (APPO… the Oaxacan People’s Popular Assembly), CNTE, the dissident teachers’ union, and the Roman Catholic Church are not state or party organs.

The rest are less “pressure groups” than the factions who decide who does, and doesn’t hold office and are not outside the system, but are the system.

Anyway, here’s the list:

Businessmen’s Coordinating Council or CCE
Confederation of Employers of the Mexican Republic or COPARMEX
Confederation of Industrial Chambers or CONCAMIN
Confederation of Mexican Workers or CTM
Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce or CONCANACO
Coordinator for Foreign Trade Business Organizations or COECE
Federation of Unions Providing Goods and Services or FESEBES
National Chamber of Transformation Industries or CANACINTRA
National Confederation of Popular Organizations or CNOP
National Coordinator for Education Workers or CNTE
National Peasant Confederation or CNC
National Small Business Chamber or CANACOPE
National Syndicate of Education Workers or SNTE
National Union of Workers or UNT
Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca or APPO
Roman Catholic Church
One Comment leave one →
  1. 7 October 2015 8:42 pm

    So are you saying that Mexico could use a shot in the arm, civil-society wise?


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we think Mexicans are overly fond of too-cute acronyms.

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