·        A few days before the first three years of this administration, he declared: "I will continue to devote all my energy, passion and devotion to the service of Mexicans. I will continue to lead the government’s efforts to remove the barriers that continue to limit the full development of our society, with determination and firmness.

·        The combination of stability, long-term vision, structural reforms, openness, social inclusion and the rule of law is certainly a winning formula, he said.

·        Today in Mexico, the division of powers is full and effective. The checks and balances are working and working very well.

·        President Enrique Peña Nieto closed the Annual Meeting of Industrialists organized by the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN).

·        During the event, the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Education signed an agreement with CONCAMIN to promote the development of national industry.

A few days away from the first three years of this administration, President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated his full commitment to the transformation of Mexico.

”I will continue to devote all my energy, passion and devotion to the service of Mexicans. I will continue to lead the government’s efforts to remove the barriers that still limit the full development of our society, with determination and firmness.

During the closing ceremony of the 22nd Annual Meeting of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN), the President said that, “The combination of stability, long-term vision, structural reforms, openness, social inclusion and the rule of law, is undoubtedly a winning formula. "

Mexico is becoming transformed; Mexico is evolving. I say, with absolute conviction, that in the following years Mexico is destined to be an unstoppable nation, he said.

He said that, “An economy that grows in a sustained, inclusive manner, can create opportunities and better jobs for all and improve the population’s quality of life.” Realizing this, he added, “With the responsibility of the State, the Administration decided to undertake a sweeping process of economic transformation. Its goal is to break inertias and begin a new phase of accelerated growth on the basis of increased productivity.”

He said that to this end, “We have implemented structural reforms, are boosting the development of infrastructure and have launched various public policies to promote employment in the formal sector and innovation.”

The president explained that, “Thanks to the strength of our institutions, the confidence of the private, and the everyday work of Mexicans, today our country:

·        Is the main engine of economic growth in Latin America. 

·        In 33 months, FDI registered record levels, more than $91 billion USD

·        The creation of formal jobs in these three years exceeds the figures in the previous five presidential terms during the same period.

·        The unemployment rate is the lowest since 2008.

·        Mexico has the lowest inflation since it began to be recorded 40 years ago.

·        Consumption is growing at rates of over 9.8%, and

·        Tax revenues have been strengthened, making the country increasingly less reliant on oil.

He said that, “We still have a lot to do, but we are on the right track.”

- Never before we had had such a pluralistic, informed and participatory society.

- Today in Mexico, the division of powers is both full and effective. The checks and balances are working and working very well.

- The relationship between the Federation and the States, has replaced subordination with coordination.

- In just three years, we have created or strengthened institutions such as the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education, the Federal Competition Commission, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, the National Electoral Institute and the National Institute for Access to Information and Personal Data Protection.

- We have been fully respectful of the autonomy of these bodies and others as important as the National Commission of Human Rights, the Bank of Mexico and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography. The government is extremely interested in having these valuable institutions for national development remain as benchmarks of professionalism, seriousness and impartiality and continue to enjoy the absolute confidence of society.

The president stressed that CONCAMIN and the government, “Agreed on the need to promote science, technology and innovation."

He said that, “In  the first three years of this administration, from 2013 to 2015, federal spending for Science and Technology has exceeded 239 billion pesos. This figure almost doubled what was invested during the first three years of the previous administration.”

"And we want to achieve even more: despite the fact that 2016 will be a year of austerity, with the backing of the House of Representatives, 9.65 billion pesos will be assigned to the Science, Technology and Innovation Program; in other words, $3.584 billion pesos more than this year," he added.

President Peña Nieto said that in order to complement this effort, it is important for the private sector to participate and invest more in research and development. “Today, only 25 percent of Investment Spending and Experimental Development in Mexico is financed by the private sector.” This contrasts with the average ratio of private investment in this area in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, whose share is 60 percent, and leading countries in innovation such as Korea and Japan, where over 75 percent of investment is provided by private investors.”

He hailed the fact that CONCAMIN is determined to lead and multiply the efforts of the country’s business chambers in innovation. He also valued the Confederation’s willingness and energy, “To create a broad alliance that will make it possible to create synergies between the efforts of CONCAMIN and the Industrial and Innovation Policy, that  has been implemented by the government in recent years.”

“We must be very clear: industrial policy of this administration is based on free trade, not protectionism. Mexico's industrial policy is now based on strengthening our competitiveness, rather than on creating barriers that inhibit competition. Our industrial development policy is built on the confidence in our ability to succeed rather than the fear of being surpassed,” he said.

He noted that, “The latest evidence of this new attitude, this confidence in ourselves is CONCAMIN’s accompaniment during the successful negotiation of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), the largest, boldest and most advanced world trade agreement. For micro, small and medium enterprises, the TPP and structural reforms constitute a platform for selling their products abroad.”

The agreement pledges to promote industrial competitiveness, encourage innovation, STRENGTHEN THE VALUE CHAIN and HUMAN RESOURCE TRAINING

At the event, Minister of Finance Luis Videgaray Caso; Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal; and Minister of Public Education, Aurelio Nuño Mayer signed the agreement with CONCAMIN, “For the great alliance for a new-generation industrial policy,” designed to encourage the development of national industry.

The agreement states that the industrial sector of Mexico has capacity to create jobs, generate high value in their products, and successfully compete abroad, and acknowledges that full development requires a modern industrial policy involving all the stakeholders in society.

The signatories agree to work within the framework of the National Committee of Productivity on the development of proposals to promote industrial competitiveness, strengthen value chains, improve the training of talent and drive innovation.

The president also presented the CONCAMIN award for  in the industrial category to tequila entrepreneur Juan Beckmann Vidal, and a special award to Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani, President of the Business Coordinating Council.

INDUSTRIALISTS BELIEVE IN MEXICO, WHICH IS WHY WE CREATE IN MEXICO: MANUEL HERRERA VEGA

Manuel Herrera Vega, President of the CONCAMIN, said that, “We need to believe, because believing is creating, and because industrialists believe in Mexico, we create in Mexico".

He said. "Today I want to call on everyone to believe. To believe in our abilities and our will to excel; to believe in our leadership. To believe in our present as well as in our future. To believe in our friends, to believe in our partners, to believe in our products and services. To believe in our people.”

He said that industrialists and government are now united, noting that, “Trust and unity are what makes us grow.”

He said that in the industrial sector, “We aware of the important role to be played by the private sector to transform Mexico into a society and economy of knowledge".

He told President Peña Nieto: “We know that we must redouble efforts to join the dynamic that has shown by this Administration to strengthen the scientific and technological development of our country.”

He reported that during the CONCAMIN General Assembly,  a clear commitment was established on four points: industrial competitiveness, innovation, talent and production chain, all framed within the project of a great alliance by a new generation industrial policy.

, tequila ENTREPRENEUR JUAN Beckmann THANKed THE GOVERNMENT for its EFFORTS AND DEDICATION TO PROTECTing THE TEQUILA BRAND

Declaring that since the Tequila brand has been constructed at the national and international levels for many years, achieving great success, “Many pirates have emerged, together with many seeking an opportunity to copy, falsify or imitate it,” Tequila businessman Juan Beckmann Vidal thanked the government for the hard work and dedication it has done to protect the denomination of origin of this brand.

The CEO of Casa José Cuervo, who was presented with an award by CONCAMIN, praised the efforts of the federal and state authorities to bring development and infrastructure to the town of Tequila, Jalisco, designated as a Magic Town by the Ministry of Tourism, and considered a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2006.

“Tequila is the magic word. I think it is the best known synonym of Mexico worldwide, it is the brand of our national beverage, is the name of the denomination of origin, owned by Mexicans. I am convinced that Tequila, Jalisco, will be one of the most important tourist, historical and cultural centers, with all the most important Mexican traditions. The community is very grateful for what has been done, and is changing in every respect,” said Juan Beckmann.

THE GRAND ALLIANCE FOR A NEW GENERATION INDUSTRIAL POLICY CONTINUES TO INCORPORATE NEW ACTIONS: Sergio López

The Secretary of the Board of CONCAMIN, Sergio Lopez de la Cerda, emphasized the, “Grand alliance for an industrial policy that continues to incorporate new actions,” to promote the strengthening of the industrial sector, increase industry’s contributions to economic progress and Mexican production and establish a fairer society with more development opportunities for the country’s companies and entrepreneurs.

He also recognized the, “Will to combine visions and reach agreements,” with the Minister of Finance, Luis Videgaray Caso; Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and Minister of Public Education, Aurelio Nuño Mayer.

Sergio López recalled that the Annual Meeting of Industrialists is a meeting for reflection and the exchange of ideas among all sectors of society about the challenges and opportunities for boosting Mexico's economic and productive growth.