• It is an opportunity not to overlook what we have managed to do and advance regarding the rule of law and the consolidation of democratic institutions that are now enabling our country to move in different spheres vis-à-vis other nations, he said.
  • He called for the right to information to be a benchmark for defining public policies that will enhance the action of the Mexican government in fighting inequality and poverty.
  • The Center for Law and Democracy announced that the legislation our country has today on transparency complies with the highest standards a country can have, whereas only a couple of years ago it ranked ninth.
  • The World Economic Forum reported that Mexico is advancing rapidly as regards competitiveness, moving up from 57th to 51st place. "Never before, since this measurement began to be made 10 years ago, has Mexico advanced so rapidly,” he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that in response to society’s demand that the Mexican government adapt to the rapid, dramatic changes we are experiencing in the country, with a sense of responsibility, “The Mexican State as a whole, the Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches, have acted accordingly. We have not stood idly by, and instead we have been promoters of change and transformation in our country”.

He said that, “Today, we are in the process of implementing the institutional and legal changes we have made to our legislative framework to modernize it and adapt it to this new reality”.

As he inaugurated National Transparency Week 2016, the president said that, “Of course we face resistance in different areas, but I am proud and convinced that what we have managed to achieve on this path of change and transformation will certainly be a watershed for Mexico”.

He noted that today, “We are part of a more informed and demanding society, which acts democratically and knows the meaning and value of its opinions, its positioning, which it can externalize and express in the various platforms involved. It knows this and demands that the Mexican government also advance”.

The president said that the presence at this event of representatives of the various branches of government, autonomous bodies, political parties and trade unions, which are now committed to transparency, “Undoubtedly reflects the enormous commitment of the Mexican State and its representatives to advancing transparency”.

He declared that this is an opportunity, “Not to underestimate we have managed to do and advance regarding the rule of law and the consolidation of democratic institutions that are now enabling our country to move in different spheres vis-à-vis other nations”.

He urged society not to overlook,  “The progress we have made as a country to consolidate the institutions that allow us to continue to build a nation through the path of institutionality; in other words, beyond the people involved, beyond leaders and political parties and definitions. Let institutions rather than people enable us to build a nation that provides more opportunities for society,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that the Center for Law and Democracy announced that, The legislation on transparency our country has today put it in first place, because of the high standards it complies with regarding transparency, when just a couple of years  ago, we ranked ninth. This means an important advance in transparency”.

He also announced that The World Economic Forum reported yesterday that Mexico is advancing rapidly as regards competitiveness, moving up from 57th to 51st place. "Never before, since this measurement began to be made 10 years ago, has Mexico advanced so rapidly,” he explained.

He said the World Economic Forum report also states that much remains to be done in the field of  the rule of law and the strengthening of institutions.

He noted that these advances reflect the fact, “That Mexico has been building institutions, precisely in order to be more competitive, to provide more equality and welfare for its society and to be  more transparent and combat everything that hurts or damages coexistence in our society.”

He recalled that there are currently two pillars we are developing, promoting and consolidating: “One is the National Transparency System and the other is the National Anticorruption System”. These two systems, he added, “Will allow us to establish a new paradigm, a new pattern of behavior and demands regarding those in the public domain, and I dare say, those in the private sphere”.

The president urged society to reflect on, “How we can influence the exercise of the right to information and transparency, to make this information a benchmark for defining public policies that can combat inequality and poverty, and how to enhance the performance of the Mexican State, in its various fields and branches, to combat poverty and inequality”.

He explained that this National Week was organized to analyze, “How, in the exercise of this right to transparency, we can combat one of the biggest burdens and greatest form of backwardness in our country: inequality and poverty”.

The president said that where transparency is concerned, “There is undoubtedly a new paradigm, and today public organizations and several other subjects are required to be accountable”.

ACCOUNTABILITY IS A  PERMANENT,  IRREDUCIBLE BENCHMARK FOR THE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE: LUIS MARÍA AGUILAR

President of the Supreme Court of Justice Minister Luis María Aguilar Morales said that, “For the Judicial Branch of the Federation, accountability is a permanent, irreducible benchmark for the effective administration of justice, under the premise that effective access to justice is the transversal axis of the institutional actions we are undertaking, and a pole of attraction for the exercise of other rights, one of which is obviously protection of the human right to information”.

He said that forums such as National Transparency Week 2016, “Provide an invaluable opportunity for everyone, in the area of our competencies, to ratify the commitment to undertake the corresponding actions to generate social opportunities available to various sectors of society; establish the bases for a more egalitarian society, a society not only with greater equality of opportunity, but also, and this I think is very important, with greater equality of results”.

He noted that, “Within the sphere of the Judicial Branch, as subjects who are bound by obligation, we are making an unprecedented effort to combat inequality through transparency (...) and by facilitating access to information in a complete, timely, accessible manner, and in simple language for all people, and with no discrimination on any grounds”.

“I therefore confirm our full commitment to continue working to reduce the inequality gap,” he said.

THE NATIONAL TRANSPARENCY SYSTEM IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL ONES THIS COUNTRY COULD HAVE IMAGINED: PABLO ESCUDERO

“Senator Pablo Escudero Morales, President of the Board of the Senate, said he was convinced that the institutional framework of the National Transparency System, “Gives us one of the most powerful systems this country could ever have imagined”.

He said that Mexico is changing exponentially with the series of structural reforms, “And, specifically, in this issue”.

He said that President Enrique Peña Nieto, “Has been a cornerstone of the transformation of an entire system, which in previous years and previous legislative sessions, we failed to approve; he has been crucial to this”.

SPEAKING OF TRANSPARENCY AND PROVIDING ACCESS TO INFORMATION MEANS TALKING ABOUTHE FUTURE: DEPUTY EDMUNDO JAVIER BOLAÑOS

Edmundo Javier Bolaños Aguilar, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Deputies, said that talking of transparency and access to information means talking about the future.

“The best Mexico,” he added, “is the one we can build together. A great effort has already been made with the approval of the education, labor, telecommunications, antitrust, political, energy and transparency reforms, as well as the one to combat corruption”.

He said these were, “Decisions which obviously were not easy, but were taken with a clear definition of priorities, and the main one was always Mexico, ahead of any group or political party”.

He argued that, “All of them will remain a dead letter until they are translated and reflected in positive impacts of alleviating poverty, reducing inequality and creating opportunities, which ultimately is the main trigger for the development of the country, and until they translate into an effective weapon for fighting the cancer of corruption”.

THE BEST LONG-TERM DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY IS BEING BUILT: INAI

Ximena Puente de la Mora, President and Commissioner of the National Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection, said that transparency is, “An essential element of contemporary democratic leadership”.

 “Transparency,” she said, “Is an irreversible right and an essential part of the exercise of our democracy”. Therefore, she said, transparency and anticorruption systems serve as counterweights against the abuse of power, and guarantors of the critical exercise of citizenship in a democracy.

She said that President Enrique Peña Nieto is the first president to visit the INAI. She said that this reflects the importance given to transparency, “And also reminds us that transparency policies are essentially state policies”.

”Therefore,” she told the president, “It is striking, Mr. President, that during your administration, two major systems have been created: the National Transparency System and as of today, the National Anticorruption System”.

She said that this is one of the most elaborate, systemic and constitutional structures  since the signing of the Constitution. “It is the most important institutional legacy of democracy,” she said.

She said, “It may not be valued today or tomorrow, but these ideas, in these institutions, in the people who are part of them, constitute the best, long-term defense of democracy”.