Politics of Querétaro

The State of Queretaro belongs to El Bajio region; its production sectors are dedicated to agriculture, livestock farming and industries. In the business sector, the main activities are metal-mechanics and auto parts, processed foods and beverages, chemicals and glass. In livestock farming, the pork sector is distinguished for having a great prestige nationally and for the great quality of its products. Poultry, milk and eggs occupy important places nationwide. Beef production is outstanding in the municipalities of Ezequiel Montes, Queretaro, San Juan del Rio and Corregidora. According to estimates by Mexico’s Regional Information System (SIREM), Queretaro’s industrial sector participates with 38.5% of the total GDP and is composed by four great economic divisions: manufacturing 34%; construction 2.7%; electricity, gas and water 1.5%; and mining 0.3%. Queretaro now enjoys the best health infrastructure and services in its history, as it has 441 public medical units available, more than 100 private medical units, two specialized hospitals are being built and a public medical service now services four times more families than in 1997. Regarding the education sector, progress can be clearly perceived, as 95% of the children who enrolled in elementary school six years ago successfully finished their studies, 92% of which entered secondary school, and according to the current administration, 93% of those now in high school will enroll in university. During 2007, 20% of registered students obtained a grant or financial aid in order to complete the academic year. Over the past five years, new educational establishments have began operating, including two public entities for high school in the localities of San Joaquin and Tequisquiapan, as well as 38 more reaching the community through television programs. The state education authorities also opened the Technological University of San Juan del Rio, and created seven universities to operate with the distance learning format, aimed at localities considered highly marginalized. In the same way, the Autonomous University of Queretaro enjoys large subsidies to extend its capacity. Programs for social development have helped improve the quality of life of those communities in isolation and far from the reach of the state administration. Programs offered with this purpose include "Save a Child to be Born", and "Save a Child from Malnutrition", which provide nutritional complements for pregnant women and infants with signs of malnutrition. Also, 92,000 children attending public school enjoy a daily breakfast, and 19 public rehab units service people with physical disabilities. Source: Gobierno del Estado de Queretaro

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