He said that the purpose of these works is not only to provide greater safety in the transport undertaken every day on the infrastructure being delivered, “And not only to streamline and speed up the movement of people, but also to increase and increase the competitiveness our country offers the whole world.”
He declared that the government is committed to drawing up “A significant infrastructure plan that will allows us to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the various regions in the country, and at the same time, to attract new productive investments that will create more jobs for Mexican society.”
This is the constant and permanent task of the government, as borne out by the significant foreign investment that has come to Mexico, he said.
The president noted that two years and nine months since the start of his administration, “There are projects and investments of over $82 billion USD. This is a record figure in the investment that has been made in the country.” He added that, as a result, major announcements have been made of new investments in the automotive industry that will materialize in the coming years in the order of $25 billion USD.
He said that, “There have been major structural reforms precisely to speed up the competitiveness of the country, to become more productive and above all to make us more attractive to investment by domestic and foreign entrepreneurs.” “Mexico wants to remain a reliable country,” he said.
President Peña Nieto declared that our country, “Wishes to inspire confidence in Mexican society itself and in those who are betting on Mexico,” as is the case with the global company Audi, whose decision to set up business here, he said, was no coincidence.
He explained that this was based on the climate of labor stability in the country; the formation of human capital we have in Mexico, and the fact that it is predominantly a country of young people who are joining the labor market.
The government, he explained, “Wants to be a permanent ally, not only of those who come to invest, but also of those who will join this labor market, especially our young people.”
He went on to say: “With them in mind, we have promoted the most sweeping and important reform, Education Reform,” aimed at improving the quality of education in Mexico, “So that young people who will join the labor market tomorrow and secure jobs will do so in better conditions, which will also ensure them better incomes and improve the quality of life of their families.”
President Peña Nieto praised the joint efforts made by the federal government and the governments of the various states. He said that, “Beyond the party affiliation of any order of government, what concerns us now is to serve everyone, work for all Mexicans across the country and in every state happens precisely here in Puebla, where this is borne out and is exactly what we are doing.
At the end of the event, the president toured an Audi training, which will serve “to train young people who are preparing to join the labor market,” he said.
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT RAISES PRODUCTIVITY AND ATTRACTS INVESTMENT THAT CREATES JOBS: GERARDO RUIZ ESPARZA
Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Communications and Transport, said that the infrastructure works inaugurated by President Enrique Peña Nieto today are of great importance and benefit to Puebla. This, “Proves once again that coordination between the federal and the state government is the most effective formula for achieving the best results for the population,” he said.
“Developing infrastructure boosts productivity and attracts the kind of investment that creates jobs,” he declared.
He pointed out that the Bulevar Industria Automotriz connecting that important industrial area with the Amozoc-Perote Highway and linking Puebla and Veracruz has a length of 21 kilometers and required an investment of 730 million pesos.
He said the Distributor Road Number Nine is one of the strategic projects listed in the National Infrastructure Program, “It is an important public work that will permit effective connection between the Puebla Ring Road and the Mexico-Puebla-Orizaba stretch of the highway.”
This required a joint investment by the state and federal governments of approximately 900 million pesos. During construction, it created 825,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs, he explained.
Ruiz Esparza said the Distributor will have an average traffic flow of over 12,000 vehicles per day, which will substantially improve the road system in the Metropolitan Area of Puebla, “And allow the quicker, safer transport of people, goods and merchandise to the Central and Southeast regions of the country, which will contribute to the state’s social and economic development.”
WE HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE IN MEXICO: PRESIDENT OF AUDI
Alfons Dintner, President of Audi Mexico, said the company has “Every confidence in Mexico,” which is why, he said, in the Premium Auto plant operating in the state, “We are investing 1.3 billion dollars, which, incidentally, is the largest investment ever made in the history of our company.”
He considered that the newly-inaugurated highway, “Is just one example of the excellent cooperation we have with the State of Puebla, governed by Rafael Moreno Valle and, of course, with the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto.”
He declared that Audi is the first Premium car producer to set up an auto plant in Mexico, adding that this public work will allow the company to improve the safety of the transport of its employees and reduce travel times, “Increasing our competitiveness and that of the region.”
He said that the plant will employ approximately four thousand employees and will have an additional impact of 20,000 new jobs in Mexico and North America.
"Here we will produce one of our best-selling models worldwide for the global market, our Q5 van; and we will produce it under the highest environmental standards with the latest technology available at the moment,” he said.
CREATING JOBS AND EQUITABLY DISTRIBUTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO FIGHT POVERTY: MORENO VALLE
Rafael Moreno Valle, Governor of Puebla, agreed with the president that, “The most effective and sustainable way to fight poverty is by generating wealth, creating jobs and equitably distributing development opportunities.”
He said that the call by the Mexican President, “To restore confidence, strengthen internal unity, strengthen institutions and block demagogy, could not be more relevant.”
He told President Enrique Peña Nieto that given the opportunities and challenges we face, today as in the past, “I confirm my will and commitment to continue working under your leadership, together with representatives of the various political, economic and social forces around a common goal: the well-being of the residents of Puebla and the prosperity of Mexico.”
THIS PUBLIC WORK IS AN INSTRUMENT FOR REACHING OUR SOURCES OF EMPLOYMENT MORE QUICKLY AND SAFELY: VALADEZ ORTEGA
Javier Valadez Ortega, a worker at the Audi plant, said that the public work inaugurated today is not just several kilometers of hydraulic concrete, but, “An instrument for all of us to reach our sources of employment more quickly and safely so that we can be more efficient.”
He added that, “This road makes it easier for us to meet up our families, with our loved ones, so we can enjoy a better quality of life.”
On behalf of all his colleagues, Valadez Ortega expressed their “Commitment to leveraging tools such as this road in order to work every day with passion and perfection, to make Audi and Mexico global benchmarks.”