The OECD Territorial Review Series examines a range of policy issues to unleash the growth potential of regions and improve the quality of life for their residents. Issues covered include governance, innovation, urban development and rural development, among others. Each review analyses how countries, regions or a groups of regions cope with these challenges, using a territorial lens, and offers policy recommendations to address them.

The present review is a follow-up study to the 2017 OECD Territorial Review of Morelos, Mexico. It aims to monitor progress in implementing the 12 recommendations and 39 sub-recommendations identified in that report. The degree of progress in implementing the recommendations is quantified according to reforms undertaken by the regional authorities. The review also identifies the main bottlenecks and way forward for each sub-recommendation.

During the implementation period, the State of Morelos suffered the effects of the deadliest earthquake in Mexico over the past 32 years. The review examines the response and reconstruction process led by the state. Finally it places a special focus on improving accessibility and connectivity by examining a number of initiatives and transportation projects.

Despite the short period for implementation, the State of Morelos recorded progress in all areas, confirming its advancement in the reform agenda identified in the 2017 review.

This review was carried out as part of the Programme of Work of the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC). The RDPC provides a unique forum for international exchange and debate on regional economies, policies and governance. The RDPC has developed a number of activities, including Territorial Reviews. This report was approved by the RDPC on 5 July 2018 (CFE/RDPC(2018)9).

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