· Never before, in CONACYT’s 45 years of existence has so much been invested to boost research and support the country’s researchers, he said.

· Between 2012 and 2015, spending on research and Experimental Development increased by 30 percent, from 0.43 percent of GDP to 0.56 percent today, and we estimate that by 2016 it will reach nearly 0.60 percent, he said.

· The president inaugurated the Yucatán Science and Technology Park, which involved an investment of one billion pesos, 600 million of which were provided by the Federal Government. 

· He enacted the amendments to the Law on Science and Technology, and the Federal Law of Administrative Responsibilities of Public Servants.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that despite the challenging economic scenario and the budgetary restrictions that have been established for next year, an investment of 91.650 billion pesos has been approved for research, technological development and science.

He declared that in the three years of his administration, “We have invested a record amount of 239 billion pesos in research,” because we understand that this is crucial to development and the country's future.

He said that never before, in the 45 years of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), "Has there been so much investment to boost research to support researchers throughout the country, enabling us to bring Mexico into line with the knowledge society.”

As he inaugurated the Yucatán Science and Technology Park, in which one billion pesos were invested, 600 million of which were provided by the Federal Government, the president thanked the Chamber of Deputies for approving the 2016 budget, "And focusing on investment in this field.”

President Peña Nieto said that in the three years of this administration "Spending on Research and Experimental Development has increased by almost 30 percent. It rose from 0.43 percent of the gross domestic product to 0.56 percent in 2015 and we estimate that by next year it will have reached nearly 0.60 percent.”

He added that, “The National Research System has grown by almost 26 percent, from 18,500 members in 2012, to 23,316 in 2015, and we estimate that by next year, the number of researchers working for the development of Mexico will exceed 25,000.”

He noted that the CONACYT Chairs Program for Young Researchers, “Has created 800 positions allocated to 112 research institutions. There are currently 34 Technological Science Parks that encourage the creation and improvement of knowledge.”

Moreover, he continued, “State innovation agendas have been designed, in other words, every state, on the basis of its condition and specific characteristics, will be able to promote research on what it has, and that research can be used to support the specific development of the various states in our country.”

He said that as a result of these efforts, Mexico now ranks 57th in the Global Innovation Index, "But the point is that from 2012 to 2015,  we moved up 22 positions; in other words, the world is evaluating and recognizing the efforts Mexico is making in this important field.”

The president recalled that this event comes soon after another which he led in Veracruz, to, “Project what the government is doing for the benefit of technological development, research and science.”

He said that the work done by scientists, “Is sometimes silent and anonymous, but it is fundamental." Mexico, he added, “Could not lag behind, it could not afford to be among the countries that depend on what other countries are developing. Instead, we decided to create a basis for research and technological development to advance and ensure that in Mexico, on the basis of its own strengths and conditions, research could be done to contribute to the development the country must have in the future.”

“It's clear that the world is advancing, and more so in countries that invest in science, research and technology development,” he explained.

President Peña Nieto said that together with the new Yucatán Science and Technology Park, the new facilities of the Center for Innovation and Technological Development HEURISTIC, the Safety and Traceability Laboratory of the Mexican Southeast, and the Food Processing Pilot Plant have also been delivered.

These three facilities, together with the Yucatán Science and Technology Park, "Will allow us to strengthen the research and innovation capacity in southeastern Mexico,” he said.

During the event, President Peña Nieto enacted amendments to the Law on Science and Technology, and the Federal Law of Administrative Responsibilities of Public Servants, which enable Mexican researchers, wherever they work, to participate in the public, private or social sectors, and receive benefits for this.

Through the structural reforms, we hvae embarked on a economic model defined by knowledge, talent and innovation: ROLANDO ZAPATA

Governor of the State of Yucatán Rolando Zapata Bello said that in the Science and Technology Park opened today, “Yucatán and Mexico will find the immediate achievement of many aspirations and the implementation of major reforms.” This marks a new stage in the state's economy, with the face of the new economic model of Mexico, “A face of innovation to conquer the future.”

This has been achieved, he said, through the president’s decision to make science and technology strategic for the country's economy and ensure that they provide support on all fronts. He stressed that as a result of the structural reforms, “Mexicans already have the framework to undertake and be stakeholders in an economic model defined by knowledge, talent and innovation.”

He said that a Park with 18 buildings has been inaugurated, and that four buildings are nearing completion. Ninety-eight of the park’s 221 hectares have already occupied, he said, adding that eight technological companies will begin construction of their facilities in the coming months, such as the Technological Institute of Petroleum and Energy.


Director General of CONACYT Enrique Cabrero Mendoza said that never before has the country’s science and technology system had the level of support it has received from President Peña Nieto, "Which the legislators have enthusiastically supported these past three years.”

He said that as part of the celebrations to mark the 45 years of CONACYT’s existence, “This park is an example of the fact that in Mexico, we are making great strides in the development of science and technology.”

He noted that this place is fast becoming, “An ideal ecosystem for combining academia, research and development, because through the intensive use of knowledge, activities with high scientific and technological value are being carried out,” with a mix of entrepreneurial, research and technological development talent, which, “Can and is leading us towards a knowledge economy.”

This will also create great opportunities for business in the region, since this is a state, which although it did not undergo the stage of industrialization in Mexico that intensively, “Now has the possibility to make the leap to the new wave of the global economy, which is the knowledge economy and to a more complex, sophisticated business sector, with greater opportunities for the future.”


Director General of the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco (CIATEJ) Inocencio Higuera Ciapara said that in the complex world of science, technology and innovation, Mexico is now experiencing a historic moment, "Thanks to the state vision of our president and the implementation of differentiated, long-term public policies.”

He said that, “The past three years have been historic not only because of the amount of investment, but also in qualitative terms, due to the new programs implemented by the Federal Government through the CONACYT.”

He said that in the newly-inaugurated Park, comparable to the world’s most modern innovation clusters, “Society’s four main actors co-exist, whose integration and social dynamism are a guarantee of a social return on investment. Here, knowledge will be used to develop new food products, whose competitiveness on the domestic and international markets is assured thanks to the guarantee of safety and traceability in the laboratory it was our honor to inaugurate today.”

In Mexico, he said, “It is a great privilege to engage in science and technology, and also a great responsibility.” He declared that, “This will be done with the highest standards of honesty and social responsibility, and with all our professional status to contribute to the great hopes of sustainability and well-being of our great country.”