MEXICO CITY, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Saturday that the country has foundations to "close the gaps in inequality" and ensure that all Mexicans have equal opportunities.
In a video address shared on social media platforms, Pena Nieto said that throughout his presidency, which will end on Nov. 30, he had made efforts to give all Mexicans the same access to opportunities for work, growth and personal improvement.
Though the efforts are "still not exhausted nor complete, the foundations that have been laid will help close those inequality gaps," he added.
According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), inequality is rising in Mexico with a study recently showing that 36 percent of the country's total wealth is in the hands of just 1 percent of the population.
A report published in June by the prestigious Colegio de Mexico stated only 2.1 percent of the citizens born to the country's least privileged families are able to reach the most privileged economic levels.
The formal handover period between the government of Pena Nieto and the president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, began this week.
Lopez Obrador, who won the July 1 presidential elections, will assume office on Dec. 1.