• We are proud to participate in these work meetings that project a modern, vigorous Mexico, which assumes its global responsibility and is not isolated, he declared.
• He concluded his tour of Turkey and the Philippines.
After mentioning that Mexico is a country that is not isolated from the world, but is a global player that participates and is part of various international forums, President Enrique Pena Nieto took stock of the achievements of his working tour to Turkey to participate in the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit, and the Philippines, where he conducted a state visit and attended the 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting .
In press statement marking the end of his international tour, the president said: “We are proud to participate in these working meetings that project a modern, vigorous Mexico, which assumes its global responsibility and is not isolated, and on the contrary, is quite clear that achieving development within and development for its society will derive from the relations it builds with the nations of the world.”
He said that much of the economic benefit we have in our country, and the jobs created in Mexico, derive from the relationship we have with other countries. "63 percent of the wealth generated by our country is due to our trade with the world," he explained.
He said that this is why it is, “Important to participate in these multilateral forums attended by the world’s major economies, different countries in different regions with whom we have this strong commercial relationship that results in conditions that impact on Mexicans’ well-being and quality of life.”
He said that tourism in this country, “Is largely a result of the promotion carried out and the way Mexico is projected to the world in these areas in which we have been participating.”
President Peña Nieto said that in Turkey, within the framework of the G-20, “The event began with a forceful condemnation of terrorism and widespread solidarity with the people of France and other countries that have been the target of terrorist attacks. This includes the case of Turkey itself and the aircraft downed in Russia, to name just a few of those mentioned at this meeting, in which the G-20 broadly condemned terrorism.”
He noted that, “Mexico expressed its deepest solidarity with the people of France. It expressed its condolences to those who lost a loved one in these very unfortunate events, and also supported the action plan announced ahead of time by the UN Secretary General at this meeting, to prevent violent extremism.”
Mexico stated that, “No extremism is good for humanity. No ideological, religious or political cause should stir up violence.”
He explained that attendees at the G-20 also addressed issues to promote in each of the member countries, “Measures that will enable us to deal with this global environment of high volatility and risk aversion and recover the pace of growth of our economies and ensure economic growth that is both sustainable and inclusive.”
The president explained that as part of his participation in the G-20, he held bilateral meetings with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, with whom he established the beginning of a new era in bilateral relations and discussed the issue of visas for Mexicans wishing to visit that country; and with President of China, Xi Jinping, with whom, “We reaffirmed the bonds of friendship between our countries and especially the path we have set to intensify our bilateral relations, as regards both trade and other aspects.”
“It was a working meeting that enabled us to address various issues of bilateral relations and above all, made it quite clear for both governments that we must advance in the medium and long term,” to achieve development, greater reciprocal investments and more trade, and ensure that more products made in Mexico enter the enormous consumer market represented by China, he said.
He mentioned that he also held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, “Who showed interest in continuing to support cooperation on issues to promote small and medium enterprises and in investing in the country, particularly in the energy sector.”
President Peña Nieto declared that the subsequently traveled to the Philippines, where he conducted a visit divided into four sections:
First, the state visit, the first by Mexico in 53 years, which will, “Make it possible to continue contributing to better relations, but especially to achieve greater exchange.”
Second: The meeting of the 12 member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “Negotiations were successfully completed; this will be followed by the signing of this agreement, which must then be reviewed and ratified by the corresponding authorities in each country. In the case of Mexico, in due time and once this agreement is signed, it will be ratified by the Senate.”
He explained that the TPP, “Will be a cutting-edge agreement, a free trade agreement involving the economies of four different regions, from three different continents: America, Oceania and Asia, and it is undoubtedly a cutting-edge free trade agreement of enormous scope and one in which Mexico is participating.”
Third: This space was an opportunity for the first dialogue between member countries of the Pacific Alliance and those belonging to APEC. “This first meeting allowed greater rapprochement between the APEC economies on the Pacific Rim and members of the Pacific Alliance. After all, the spirit that permeates these two groups, these two groups of countries, is the promotion of free trade between nations that form part of the Pacific Alliance and the Asia-Pacific region.
Fourth: The APEC meeting itself, which convened this group of 21 countries that form part of the group of economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and are seeking to achieve a free trade agreement.
He noted that APEC member countries, “Examine the measures and actions each country is taking to achieve sustained, sustainable and rapid economic growth.”
He said that at the APEC Forum, he discussed, “The structural reforms Mexico has promoted and the orientation and impact these reforms have in various areas of an economic order.” He explained that there are also structural reforms, “With a green orientation, that is, they will allow Mexico to grow economically, sustainably, with respect for the environment, with a reduction of greenhouse gases, a lower carbon footprint and a commitment to combating climate change, and doing so inclusively.”
After his press statement, the president was transported to the Villamor Airbase of Ninoy Aquino International Airport to return to Mexico.