· In the past three years, San Luis Potosí has become a magnet for investment, especially in the automotive sector; three major global automakers have decided to set up plants here, he said.

· The president also inaugurated Santa Catarina Rural Hospital Number 16 and Chata Terrazas Community Hostel  in the municipality of Axtla Terrazas.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today inaugurated the Ciudad Valles-Tamuín highway, which required an investment of over three billion pesos, and enhances the country’s connectivity as well as contributing to progress for the people of this region today.

 “Having good communications and good connectivity between the different regions of our country obviously makes us a much more attractive and competitive country,” he said.

The president said that this new highway means that the government is nearly halfway to achieving its planned target of 52 for this administration. He also recalled his government’s commitment to modernizing 80 additional federal highways.

He said that through these actions, “We will increase connectivity throughout the country and generate more competitive conditions”.

President Peña Nieto said that improved connectivity in the country makes it possible to, “Achieve higher investments that contribute to job creation,” and that this outstanding infrastructure “enables investors to see Mexico as an attractive country to invest in”.

He declared that in the past three years, San Luis Potosi is one of the states that, “Has become a magnet for investment, especially in the automotive sector, where three major global automakers have decided to set up plants”.

He added that this has been due to the state’s geographical location and, “The roads that today allow it to have better connectivity with the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico”.

This event is the first to be carried out in conjunction with Governor of San Luis Potosi Juan Manuel Carreras López, whom the president wished every success in his administration, confirming the, “Government’s willingness to form a team, join forces and produce better results and benefits for the residents of San Luis Potosí”.

The president said that roads are ways forward, and sometimes, “The only way to bring other elements to promote the progress of various communities and society”.

“That's how medical services and food supplies reach various communities. That is how education and investments trigger the development of various communities, through proper communication, which is what we in the government are promoting,” he said.

He announced that during this administration, over 21 billion pesos have been invested in, “Various education, water, drainage and road-building projects” for the benefit of the country’s indigenous communities.

In response to a request from the Governor of San Luis Potosi to modernize the Ciudad Valles-Tamazunchale road, the president pledged to take, “The first steps to include this project in the Finance and Public Credit Secretariat’s budget”.

INFRASTRUCTURE IS BEING EXPANDED TO BRING HEALTH SERVICES TO MORE PEOPLE

At the end of the event, President Peña Nieto drove along the Ciudad Valles-Tamuín highway and later visited the municipality of Axtla Terrazas, where he inaugurated Santa Catarina Rural Hospital Number 16 and the Chata Terrazas Community Shelter.

After a tour of the hostel facilities, President Peña Nieto declared: “I am pleased to see how the infrastructure we are building  in the medical sector, to bring medical services to more people, is expanding”.

He said that the municipality of Axtla Terrazas used not to have a hospital, meaning that its inhabitants had to travel to Ciudad Valles or another hospital an hour away.

He also stressed the importance of having a hostel with a capacity for 80 people, where the relatives of those being treated at the new hospital, who come from neighboring communities, can stay.

THE BYPASS, WITH AN INVESTMENT OF OVER THREE MILLION PESOS, WILL HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REGION AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF SAN LUIS POTOSÍ RESIDENTS: JUAN MANUEL CARRERAS

Governor of the state of San Luis Potosi Juan Manuel Carreras López, thanked President Peña Nieto for his support, without which it would not have been possible to build the Ciudad Valles-Tamuín Bypass, long awaited by San Luis Potosí residents.

With an investment of over three billion pesos, the bypass, he explained, “Forms part of transoceanic corridor linking the ports of Manzanillo and Altamira, thereby fostering communication and closer links between the Huasteca and the rest of the state”.

He said that it will have a great impact on the development of the region, saving up to 40 minutes in traveling times for people and goods, and providing greater security, which will greatly improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of this region.

He said that the state economy is growing steadily as a result of the automotive and manufacturing sectors, which the president has helped boost. “With these improved road connections, we will promote more inclusive growth in our middle and Huasteca zones through agro-industry, tourism, services and trade,” he said.

PUBLIC WORKS FOR SAN LUIS POTOSÍ COSTING OVER  10.4 MILLION PESOS translate into more jobs, BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE AND MORE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH: GERARDO RUIZ ESPARZA

Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that in four years, public works have been delivered to San Luis Potosi to improve connectivity and mobility through federal investment totaling 7.2 million pesos, which, coupled with other major public works and programs in the state in the communications sector alone, bring the total investment to over 10.4 billion pesos.

“This translates into more jobs, better quality of life and more development and boosts the growth of this beloved state,” he said.

This highway, he explained, is a high specification road, 12 meters wide and 49.1 kilometers long; it has two 3.5 meter lanes, one in each direction and 2.5 meter side lanes, “Which allow great safety on the highway. When a vehicle is traveling at low speed, it can move into the 2.5 meter lane and be overtaken without crowding the opposite lane”.

Ruiz Esparza explained that this public work will be able to advance construction of the Manzanillo-Tampico trunk road connecting the Pacific with the Gulf of Mexico. This motorway also connects with the Mexico-Nuevo Laredo corridor bringing the state closer to the center and north of the country.

He also announced that the second stage of the San Luis Potosi West Bypass, with over 70 percent progress and an investment of 1.532 billion pesos, will be completed next October.