President Enrique Peña Nieto announced today that over two and a half years since the start of this administration, “We have managed to create more jobs for Mexicans, above the growth rate of our economy.”

“We have been practically been growing at a rate of 4.4 percent in job creation. The Social Security Institute has announced that 78,435 formal jobs were created in June. To give you some idea of the scope of this figure, it is 81 percent higher than in June last year and represents the largest formal job creation in June for 18 years, since there has been a monthly record of the jobs created in Mexico,” he said.

He declared that, “This is a government that has prioritized the creation of conditions in order for there to be more jobs in Mexico.”

At the close of the 49th Ordinary Session of the National Governors’ Conference (CONAGO), President Peña Nieto thanked the state leaders for their support of efforts to improve our everyday justice.

“Mexican society is demanding a response from state institutions, particularly from those responsible for the administration of justice, and swifter, more expeditious justice in issues that are far more common to us,” he said.

“That is what everyday justice refers to, when someone tries to cash a rubber check; when you try to reach an agreement over differences in the family sphere, which justice must resolve in a timely, prompt and expeditious manner,” he said.

He added that the initiatives , “We will be presenting allow us to advance significantly in this area”.

In the area of security, he stressed that, “The Armed Forces and the Federal Police are here to support, as they have done, the efforts of local authorities, but not to replace them, far less substitute for them.

During the event, Governor of Tlaxcala and outgoing President of CONAGO Mariano González Zarur said that in the context of international volatility derived from the debt crisis in Greece, combined with the fall in oil prices, the reforms introduced by President Enrique Peña Nieto are now more important than ever.

The president said that on June 7, “In the vast majority of the country, elections were held normally in a climate of freedom and civility,” for which he thanked the governors, “For ensuring the conditions of peace and tranquility required by this broad democratic exercise.”

He noted that, “The times of fighting are long gone. Today we must seek times of national unity and jointly responsible effort in favor of Mexicans.”

He called on the governors whose administration will end in the next few months, “To continue serving their states with their full capacity, responsibility and commitment until the end of their administration,” and confirmed the government’s willingness to continue working with the governors who will soon take office.

He said that the government “Has provided clear and convincing evidence, that what brings us together and concerns us as a government is the sum of efforts. This goes beyond the party origin of each of the state governments and the federal government itself. Today what makes us responsible is joining forces, working together in everything that allows us to raise the quality of life of Mexican society.”

President Peña Nieto said that thanks to the joint work in various regions and cities, “They are now undeniably returning to normality” in the field of security. He said that the, “The intentional homicides registered in the first five months of this year compared with those that occurred in 2012 have shown a decrease of 27 percent. Likewise, there has been a decrease of 22.4 percent in extortions since then.

He added that there has also been a reduction in kidnappings: “There has been a decrease of 23.2 percent in the number committed three years ago.”
“The advances are certainly encouraging but insufficient, since the states have yet to strengthen and professionalize their security forces,” he explained.

“We must therefore continue strengthening the capacities of each state, especially as regards their dealing with security and law enforcement agents. I am confident that the approval of the initiatives I have introduced regarding security and justice will improve the performance of state institutions,” he added.

The president expressed his, “Gratitude to the governments of the states and the Federal District for the support they have given the implementation of Education Reform”.

“Within the reform agenda that has been successfully promoted and achieved, education reform is the most important one because it is the one that will allow the new generations to have greater abilities and capacities, by ensuring compliance with the constitutional mandate that has expanded the rights of Mexicans, and one in particular: ensuring that Mexican society and our children and youth receive quality education,” he said.

He said that education reform is, “A new right enshrined in the Constitution and requires the joint efforts of the federal government and state governments for us to ensure that the implementation of this reform is a reality that will ensure the quality of the education our children receive.”

President Peña Nieto called on state governors, “To all be part of the transformation we are promoting for Mexico.” He thanked the governors and the mayor of Mexico City for their support, “of the proposal I will submit to Congress, the budget package for next year.”

It is “A budget package that considers reengineering the budget to break the inertia of the past and enable us to achieve far more efficient public spending, on the basis of the budgetary adjustment announced as a responsible measure for ensuring that our country maintains economic stability and, above all, a climate of social harmony,” he said.

He said that, “We acted responsibly to make a budget adjustment and also accompany it with reengineering in the draft budget I will submit to Congress, which will make it possible to streamline and optimize spending on the priorities of Mexican society, in favor of the issues that concern it and which it demands.

The president also thanked the governors for their support “to achieve, in less than a year, the transition to the new Criminal Justice System, which is already operating in 31 states in part although only fully in six.”

“This requires us to redouble efforts to achieve this great goal of having a new criminal justice system in favor of Mexican society.”

During the 49th Ordinary Session of CONAGO, Governor of Aguascalientes Carlos Lozano de la Torre presented the General Standard of Management and the New Agenda of Housing and Urban Development for Mexico. Governor of Tlaxcala Mariano González Zarur read the pronouncement of cooperation for the implementation and measurement of oral justice in commercial matters between the National Conference of Governors and the World Bank.

For his part, César Duarte Jaquez, Governor of Chihuahua, presented CONAGO’s position on everyday justice, while the mayor of Mexico City presented comments on the Zero Base Budget the president will submit to Congress.

WE ARE UNDENIABLY ON TRACK: MARIANO GONZÁLEZ ZARUR

Mariano González Zarur, Governor of Tlaxcala and outgoing President of CONAGO declared: “It is an undeniable fact. We are on track. We are heading in the right direction, but we must redouble our efforts, add more people and strengthen the bonds of communication and coordination between the federal and local governments to consolidate progress and build a more equitable and prosperous country, but above all, one that is fairer.”

“The structural reforms you have led, President Peña Nieto, are beginning to bear fruit and tangible benefits are already being observed in people’s homes,” he told the president.

He stated that in May, annual inflation was 2.88 percent, the lowest level in the history of our country, noting that the drop in the price of gas and long distance calls, now charged as local calls, is already being felt in Mexicans’ pockets.

He said that tax reform will help mitigate the fall in revenues, while reforms related to the National Anti-Corruption System and the General Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information, will help federal government and local governments cope with the reduction in resources, not only through austerity mechanisms, but by undertaking public expenditure more efficiently, more transparently and above all more effectively.

He explained that the governors and the head of government will work in coordination with the Federal Government and the corresponding institutions to harmonize the legal frameworks of the states according to the recent reforms regarding transparency and anti-corruption.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO’S REFORMING, FEDERALIST VISION HAS ESTABLISHED THE BASIS FOR A NEW MEXICO ON ITS WAY TO PROSPERITY: ERUVIEL ÁVILA

Eruviel Ávila, Governor of the State of Mexico, who today took office as president of CONAGO, thanked the government for its efforts to promote a new, more harmonious and inclusive federalism. “President Peña Nieto’s reforming, federalist vision has established the bases of a new Mexico that is on its way to prosperity,” he declared.

He explained that the shared reflections of this organization, which, since it was created over 13 years ago, has allowed governors to appreciate the importance of cooperative federalism as a tool for fostering cooperation and coordination between different levels of government.

“This is Mexico’s new form of behavior, showing that challenges are addressed from a national vision, not from a local or individual level,” he said and declared that the authorities, “Not only hear or see from afar, but also propose and operate, thanks to the political will of the Federal Government.”

After mentioning five actions he will promote as President of CONAGO, Eruviel Ávila stressed that the essence of the Conference will continue to be unity and teamwork to continue transforming Mexico through the reforms promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto. “We are on your side so that the sweeping reforms become effect and continue to yield the results we are already beginning to see,” he said.