At the official residence of Los Pinos, Enrique Peña Nieto received members of the Paley Center participating in the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Council Summit, the first to be held in a Latin American country.
This is a great opportunity for the directors of the world’s most influential and innovative media to learn more about Mexico.
“In order to break the logjam, four years ago we formed a major agreement with the main political forces, the Pact for Mexico, which resulted in 13 Structural Reforms to expand the social rights of the population, strengthen our institutional regime and increase the competitiveness of our economy”. EPN
The key to achieving these structural changes, postponed for decades, was dialogue between the political forces. Dialogue will also be the path to the new stage in relations between Mexico and the United States.
The president told the directors of the world’s most influential media:
“As more people, particularly from the United States, get to know Mexico and its people better, they will understand that Mexicans are more than neighbors, we are partners, allies and friends”.
Bilateral relations with the United States.
- With over a million legal border crossings every day, the border between Mexico and the United States is the world’s busiest.
- Thirty-five million people of Mexican origin, of which only a third are migrants, live in the United States, contributing to the development and welfare of both nations on a daily basis through their work and creativity.
- In addition, our economies have been increasingly integrated through the Free Trade Agreement for the past 22 years.
- Mexico is the second destination of US exports.
- Apart from what it sells to the UK, which will soon exit the European Union, Mexico buys more from the US than all the European countries together.
- It also buys more from the US than BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa together.
- This is a very balanced business relationship, but above all, one with great synergies, since the United States and Mexico produce together to sell to the rest of the world.
- On average, exports from Mexico to the United States consist of 40 percent of inputs produced in the United States; that is, 40 cents of every dollar exported has US content.
- Over 6 million jobs in the United States are estimated to depend directly on trade with Mexico.
“We therefore believe that bilateral dialogue, guided by optimism, pragmatism and respect for the sovereignty of both countries, will remain the best way to forge a shared future”. EPN