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UPDATE 1-Mexico pitches 859 bln peso infrastructure plan through 2024

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MEXICO CITY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Mexico's government has announced a 859 billion peso ($44.3 billion) private sector infrastructure plan covering 147 projects through 2024, officials said on Tuesday.

The plan was described as a first phase of spending on infrastructure projects.

The top sectors covered by the plan are transportation, including highways and ports, tourism and telecommunications.

"This is a manifestation, an expression that you as entrepreneurs have a civic and social dimension," said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressing assembled business men and women at the national palace, as the plan was detailed during a morning news conference.

The president's chief of staff, Alfonso Romo, described the plan as a public-private partnership designed to boost growth and lessen poverty in Mexico.

($1 = 19.3710 Mexican pesos) (Reporting by Abraham Gonzalez and Sharay Angulo; Editing by David Alire Garcia and Nick Zieminski)

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