· He announced the four aspects of the government’s Digital Policy:
· We are a democratic government and a government that supports, believes in and defends freedom of expression, he said.
· We seek to make Information and Communication Technologies one of the main engines for Mexico’s economic and social development: Alejandra Lagunes.
As part of the commemoration of World Internet Day, President Enrique Peña Nieto met with a group of the country’s digital leaders, with whom he discussed the progress made in this field and the actions being carried out to expand Mexicans’ access to digital services.
The president announced the four aspects of the government’s Digital Policy:
FIRST: Telecommunications Reform generated more competition, which has resulted in better services at a lower cost.
SECOND: Public policies with an inclusive approach so that no Mexican is excluded from the Information Society.
THIRD: Emphasis on entrepreneurship and creativity, so that Mexicans can move from being consumers of content to creators of new ideas, new developments and solutions and new businesses.
FOURTH: Actions to move towards a closer and more efficient Digital Government.
At the meeting held at the official residence of Los Pinos, President Peña Nieto conversed with leaders who are transforming the Internet, moderated by Barbara Anderson.
The president heard various proposals on competition, digital and financial inclusion and greater access to the internet. He suggested that they be evaluated by various government departments to determine their feasibility.
The president declared that as a result of the Amendment to Article 6 of the Constitution to include the right of access to telecommunications, and its secondary legislation, Mexico now has a modern constitutional scaffolding in this area.
He said that his government regards it as crucial to promote this transformation, which is why the National Digital Strategy and the National Institute of Entrepreneurship were created.
The president explained that this administration promoted the amendment to Article 6 of the Constitution to include the right of access to Information Technology and Communication. “The tools and means for this to reach the rest of the population have been provided. Today 60 million, in other words, just over 50 percent of Mexicans, have access to the Internet, a platform that promotes values and freedom of expression,” he said.
“This is a democratic government, which has always been open to positive and negative comments, as borne out by what is shared in social networks. We have promoted greater openness and greater access to the Internet,” he said.
“I am of those who believes and stoutly defends the fact that the most precious value a human being can have is freedom. We are a democratic government and a government that supports, believes and defends freedom of expression, to point out good aspects, and what we do and do not agree on, but we will always be absolutely respectful of freedom of expression,” he declared.
The president thanked the attendees for having participated in this dialogue to celebrate World Internet Day. “You are a great reference for thousands or millions of young people who are looking for an opportunity for professional development or to undertake a project,” he said.
After the meeting, President Peña Nieto invited the Digital Leaders to tour the facilities of the official residence of Los Pinos.
The president was accompanied by Alejandra Lagunes Soto Ruiz, Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy; Under-Minister of Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mónica Aspe Bernal; President of the National Institute of Entrepreneurship, Enrique Jacob Rocha; and Gabriel Contreras Saldívar, President of the Federal Telecommunications Institute.
SINCE THE FIRST DAY OF HIS ADMINISTRATION, PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO HAS BELIEVED IN THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY: ALEJANDRA LAGUNES
Alejandra Lagunes Soto Ruiz, Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, said that since the first day of his administration, President Peña Nieto has believed in the transformative power of technology and made it a priority for the country. “This has given us the opportunity to formulate a plan that seeks to make Information and Communication Technologies one of the main engines for Mexico’s economic and social development.”
She noted that, “As a government, we must listen and meet the demands of all Mexicans through new platforms and collaborative spaces such as those provided by the Internet today.”
Alejandra Lagunes said that the event today is the first of its kind, “An informal event where we met with a group of leaders who are transforming the Internet.” She declared: “We must create more spaces for dialogue, such as this one, to listen to views and proposals" and work together to create better public policies.