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Acronyms and Initials

Wondering what some of those acronyms and initials mean in stories or in the Mexican media? Here are some of the more important and not-so-important acronyms and initials.

BMV — Mexican Stock Exchange, or Bolsa Mexicana de Valores

CANACINTRA — The National Chamber of the Industry of Transformation 

CANACO — National Chamber of Commerce, or Cámara Nacional de Comercio

CAPUFE — Federal Roads and Bridges agency (Caminos y Puentes Federales)

CBETIS — Vocational High School Center, or Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico

CCE — Business Cooperation Council, or Consejo Coordinador Empresarial.

CCS — Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano (former Mexico City mayor, three-time presidential aspirant)

CETIS — Center of Vocational, Industrial and Service Industry Learning

CETYS — Center of Vocational and Higher Learning, or El Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior; it has campuses in Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada

CICESE — Center for Scientific Study and Higher Learning (Ensenada)

CNS — National Peasants' Confederation, or Confederación Nacional Campesina

COLEF -- College of the Northern Border, or Colegio de la Frontera Norte, in Tijuana on the road to Rosarito

COPARMEX — Mexican Employers' Association, or Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana

COTUCO — Tourism and Convention Bureau (there are ones for various Baja California cities)

CROC — Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants, Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos, PRI-affiliated labor group.

CSG — Carlos Salinas de Gortari (president from 1988-1994)

CUT — University of Tijuana; Universidad de Tijuana, previously called Centro Universitario de Tijuana, hence the initials

DF — Mexico City, or Federal District; Distrito Federal

DIF — Comprehensive Family Development system, or sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia

EDOMEX — the state of Mexico, which vitually surrounds Mexico City; estado de México

EPN — Enrique Peña Nieto (president)

EU — United States, or Estados Unidos

FCH — Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (former president)

FIMPES — Association of Mexican Institutions of Higher Education, or Federación de Instituciones Mexicanas Particulares de Educación Superior

IMSS — Mexican Institute of Social Security (Instituto Mexicano de Seguridad Social), providing health-care, child-care, and other services)

INAH — National Institute of Anthropology and History, or Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

INEA — National Adult Education Institute, or Instituto Nacional de Educación para Adultos

INEGI — National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática

Issste — Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers

Isstecali — Institute for Social Security and Services for State and Municipal Workers in Baja California

IVA — Value added tax, or Impuesto de Valor Agregado

PAN — National Action Party, or Partido Acción Nacional

PANAL — New Alliance Party, or Partido Nueva Alianza (founded by teachers' union)

PGR — National Attorney General's Office, or Procuraduría General de la República

PIRE — Comprehensive Repaving Program, or Programa Integral de Repavimentación (Tijuana)

PRD — Democratic Revolution Party, or Partido de la Revolución Democrática

PRI — Institutional Revolutionary Party, or Partido Revolucionario Institucional

PT — Workers Party, or Partido del Trabajo

PVEM — Green Party, also called the Mexican Green Ecology Party, or Partido Verde Ecologista Mexicano

PYMEs — Small and medium-sized businesses (Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas)

SAT — Mexican Tax Administration Service; Servicio de Administración Tributaria

SEE — State Education System

SEMARNAT - federal Environment and Natural Resources Ministry

SEP — Education Ministry; Secretaría de la Educación Pública

UABC — National Autonomous University of Baja California, or Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

UNAM — National Autonomous University of Mexico, or Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México