• .In response to the budget adjustment for next year, the president urged the governors to conduct an exercise with the government so that despite having fewer resources, they will continue to implement support programs for the most vulnerable sectors.
  • He heard various suggestions from the state governors. He declared that the government will accompany state governments’ efforts to address their challenges in financial matters.
  • We are determined to make dialogue and politics the means of maintaining a relationship of mutual, harmonious and constructive respect between Mexico and the United States, he said.
  • The governors confirmed our decision to join the defense of national interests: CONAGO

At the closing ceremony of the 51st Ordinary Meeting of the National Governors’ Conference (CONAGO), President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the government will always be willing and interested in supporting them, because it is clear that, “When parts of the Federation do well, Mexico as a whole does well”.

After listening to and responding to various suggestions from the state governors, President Peña Nieto said: "We want each state to achieve its own success and the projects it has planned: The government will be willing to accompany and join these efforts which make it possible to make a joint, shared effort all for the nation we are all constructing”.

He said that CONAGO reflects the vitality of our federalism, “And it is from there that the government and the state governors are committed to working in a highly coordinated way to better serve Mexican society”.

The president thanked the Governors for having, “Supported the adoption of the budget, the budget package for the financial year 2017, which entails an adjustment in public spending, particularly for the Federal Government with an adjustment of almost 20 percent, 19.1 percent less than in 2016”.

He said that in the meeting prior to the CONAGO plenary session, he spoke with the governors about the overall adjustment in spending for the states, which, “Will only be 0.4 percent; however, shares and contributions will increase by approximately 5.9 percent.”

"This requires us to conduct an exercise within governments, at both levels, so that with fewer resources, we will be able to continue implementing the programs to support the most vulnerable, disadvantaged sectors, and maintain programs so that they have a much more significant social impact on our societies,” he declared.

The president declared that in security issues, we noticed the need to remain coordinated, to focus efforts in the places and municipalities where we have observed, “An upward trend in certain municipalities where we are now implementing a shared, coordinated, specific strategy”.

He said that in the first four years of this administration a downward trend was observed in crime, at both the federal level and in the civil courts, “But we also acknowledged that in 2016, we saw a reversal of this trend and today we are committing ourselves to combine efforts so that we can maintain this downward trend in crime”.

President Peña Nieto said that state leaders made various commitments, particularly, “The achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, proposed by the United Nations”. The governors and the mayor of Mexico City decided to create a Technical Committee to monitor how states can advance the objectives outlined in the 2030 Development Agenda  and how they should be achieved,” he said.

He welcomed state governors’ pledge to define very specific policies in the various states, and the creation of a Committee on Development and the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, which reflects, “The commitment we are all making at the federal and local level, to cope with this and serve sectors of our society with some form of disability”.

The president also spoke with the governors concerning, “The various financial conditions experienced by the states, particularly those that have publicly stated this at this forum”.

“I declared that the government is willing to accompany the efforts of the governments of the various states to address their financial challenges. With complete transparency and openness, the government will implement the various mechanisms, routes and forms of support in keeping with its attributes, to support the financial reorganization of the states that so require.

“The government cannot replace the powers or responsibilities of each state government. The government has capabilities and has limited scope, which cannot replace the responsibilities of the government of each state,” he declared.

President Peña Nieto said that the new phase of relations between Mexico and the United States, “Was a constant concern expressed by almost all the state governors at the private meeting we held”.

“As I have already pointed out at other forums, the government will promote dialogue as the means of building a new agenda in bilateral relations,” he said.

“There are many concerns in the different areas of our society and state governments themselves, but the government is determined, and is working on the path of dialogue, to define the agenda we should set in relations with the newly elected US government,” he said.

”We will do this through dialogue, with a pragmatic vision that incorporates the shared interests of both nations, always in defense of national interests, and protecting the rights of our fellow countrymen living in the United States, who have already become integrated into the development of the nation, and also contribute from there to the development of our country,” he said.

We are determined to make dialogue and politics the means of maintaining a relationship of mutual, harmonious and constructive respect between Mexico and the United States, he said.

President Peña Nieto congratulated the Governor of Oaxaca, who today concluded his term as head of CONAGO, for having, “Led the representation of the National Conference of Governors in various forums in different areas, and allowed the governors' voices to be heard”. He also congratulated the Governor of Morelos, who will lead CONAGO as of today, and wished him every success.

CONAGO, COMMITTED TO INCREASING ITS PARTICIPATION AND CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN PROMOTING MEXICO'S INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT: GABINO CUÉ

Gabino Cué Monteagudo, Governor of Oaxaca and outgoing President of CONAGO, told the president: “The state governments value and appreciate the government’s support of the proposals and initiatives that the National Governors Conference has promoted to unite and serve the nation”.

“We also appreciate the support the government has given each and every one of the states to meet the challenges of our time,” he added.

He said that, “CONAGO is called and committed to increase its participation and continue supporting the president in the promotion of Mexico’s integral development”.

Most notably, he said, “Given the context of international financial instability which affects the progress of the national economy and, of course, given the uncertainty that entails risks for our fellow countrymen abroad”.

Cué Monteagudo congratulated Governor of the State of Morelos Graco Ramírez Garrido, who, as from this meeting, and with the consensus of the governors comprising CONAGO, will lead this organization in the coming months.

NO POLITICAL DIFFERENCE WILL PREVENT OUR UNITY: GRACO RAMÍREZ

Graco Ramírez, Governor of Morelos, said that in response to the upcoming change of government in the United States, the governors at the CONAGO Meeting, “Reaffirm our decision to join in the defense of national interests. No political difference will prevent our unity”.

He said that reviewing or suspending the North American Free Trade Agreement would create serious problems for the economy of the three countries, adding that in the event of a trilateral review of NAFTA, “Mexico should consider a chapter on human rights and the regularization of migrant workers, as has been done in Canada”.

He said CONAGO rejects the unilateral decision to expel Mexican migrants, and that its members will seek meetings with US governors to establish mechanisms for cooperation and mutual benefit. He said that, “We are united in the defense of human rights with concrete actions that will highlight the strengths of each of the states to create opportunities, which we will announce at the next plenary meeting of CONAGO, to be held in the state Baja California”.

 CONAGO JOINS EFFORTS TO COMPLY WITH THE 2030 UNITED NATIONS AGENDA: JOSÉ IGNACIO PERALTA

Jose Ignacio Peralta, Governor of Colima, said that CONAGO joins the efforts to comply with the United Nations 2030 Agenda 2030. He recalled that in 2000, Mexico, together with 189 nations, pledged to meet the eight Millennium Development Goals, adding that 37 out of 51 have been achieved to date.

He explained that on September 15, 2015, Mexico, together with 192 world leaders, pledged to meet the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and stressed the importance of the government in this issue, since the High Level Council will be led by  President Peña Nieto.

He said that meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, “Requires the commitment of the 32 states and all the municipal governments”. He reported that CONAGO approved the formation of a new commission for monitoring and complying with the 2030 Agenda. “Institutional cooperation between the three levels of government will be framed by the signing of a national pact to comply with that agenda,” he concluded.

SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT PLACE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY ON THE PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND TEENS: RUBÉN MOREIRA

Governor of Coahuila Rubén Moreira Valdez, said that society and government together have placed the highest priority on the protection of the rights of this sector of the population, and as an example, he highlighted the bill for this issue submitted by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the broad participation of civil society in actions that ensure children's rights.

He said that CONAGO’s Human Rights Commission drew up ten commitments for children and adolescents, essential to changing the lives of children in our country. He said that in this commitment, the Mexican State, “Is on a par with what our children need”.

GOVERNORS’ PLENARY SESSION ACKNOWLEDGES THE IMPORTANCE OF A SINGLE RECORD OF ACCREDITED PERSONS: ARISTÓTELES SANDOVAL

Governor of Jalisco Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz said that according to the Digital Government Strategy promoted by the government, and given the importance of the Single Register of Accredited Persons, Conago reaffirms its conviction that the technologies and innovation open a window of opportunity to accelerate the changes we wish to have as a country.

”We will therefore individually and in coordination with the Public Service Secretariat analyze the advisability of signing specific agreements for the approval and use of the Register of Accredited Persons in government procedures, at the state level, to achieve greater innovation, competitiveness and prosperity”.

Regarding the Governors’ position on the results and conclusions of the COP22, held in Marrakech, Morocco, he said that it refused to accept radical positions that could jeopardize the progress of the Global Agenda against Change Climate. ”Mexico has taken the lead, and in that respect, forces governments to achieve our green agendas, and harmonize our protocols and manuals of good practice".

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LABOR REFORM REQUIRES PROPER PLANNING: MIGUEL ÁNGEL MANCERA ESPINOSA

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa commented on the implementation of Labor Reform: ”We believe in the need for this initiative, its implementation, but we warned that with the resources we now have, without proper planning, it would be absolutely unfeasible to implement it within the proposed time frame”.

CONAGO APPROVES THE CREATION OF THE COMMISSION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND THE INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: ERUVIEL ÁVILA VILLEGAS

Eruviel Ávila, Governor of the State of Mexico, announced that the CONAGO approved the establishment of the Commission for Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. He added that with its creation will make it possible to, “Contribute to national and international commitments and enhance links with the federal government, government agencies and the private sector”.

A NEW LEGAL FRAMEWORK ON FISCAL COORDINATION WILL IMPROVE GOODS AND SERVICES: JAVIER CORRAL

Javier Corral Jurado, Governor of Chihuahua, called for a discussion of a new legal framework regarding tax coordination, “Which will allow states and municipalities that focus on improving their spending and income, and submit adjustment plans and savings to the Interior Secretariat, “To translate these efforts into more goods and services for their inhabitants”.