- It is a different way of reporting on how much and how quickly Mexico is changing.
- He answered questions and criticisms from young people from all over the country in an unprecedented democratic exercise by the Mexican president's office.
President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a statement to Mexicans on the occasion of the Fourth State of the Union Address and conversed with over 350 young people at an unprecedented event in the National Palace.
In his address, the president highlighted the change in format from a traditional speech to a dialogue. He said: “I have decided to omit the traditional speech; I have decided to replace a monologue with a dialogue- And this is no coincidence; it is a reflection of how much and how quickly Mexico has changed.
President Peña Nieto acknowledged the challenges Mexicans face in education, poverty, crime, corruption and the economy.
He said that the main asset Mexico has for overcoming challenges is Mexicans themselves and the historical contribution of each of the preceding generations.
He said that Mexicans of today are overcoming the barriers that limit the country's development and potential and highlighted the main changes and achievements of his government.
He said that the most important change, since it involves our children and youth, is Education Reform, which means better teachers, schools and syllabuses.
He emphasized the main achievements of the Social Inclusion Strategy:
- Prospera supports 6.8 million families, and includes university grants and support for productive projects-
- The creation of a life insurance scheme for female heads of household.
- We are also supporting our senior citizens, who are now eligible for a pension after the age of 65.
- Nearly 13,000 community kitchens are now operating, providing breakfast and lunch for over one million people a day.
- The construction and modernization of ove 600 hospitals and over 3,000 clinics and consultation units.
- The expansion of Popular Insurance coverage.
- The incorporation of 6.6 million young students into the Mexican Institute of Social Security's medical insurance scheme.
- Support for 3.4 million families who have received credits or support for home purchases or improvement.
As regards security, President Peña Nieto highlighted crime prevention work and the use of technology against organized crime.
He hailed the commitment and discipline of our Armed Forces and security institutions’ work on behalf of Mexico as well as the implementation of public, oral penal trials throughout the country.
He also underlined the sum of efforts with civil society to implement the new National Anti-Corruption System.
As for the household economy, he highlighted the elimination of national long distance charges as well as the reduction of the cost of telephones, international and cell phone calls and the Internet.
This has helped 62 million people to have Internet today, 21 million more than at the start of this administration.
The president highlighted the creation of over 2 million formal jobs in the current administration.
He also mentioned the government’s support of Mexicans wishing to start or grow their own business,
He said that for the first time in 20 years, Mexico is exporting more food than it is importing.
Regarding infrastructure, he said that 26 freeways and 57 highways, with a combined length of over 4,000 kilometers, have been either built or modernized. This is equivalent to four times the distance between Mexico City and Monterrey.
He mentioned other strategic projects underway, such as: doubling port capacity, expanding the gas pipeline network by 80 per cent, creating Special Economic Zones and building the new Mexico City International Airport.
At the end of his address, the president listed the government’s priorities for the next two years:
One. Our children and young people’s education.
Two. Alleviating poverty.
Three. Mexicans’ security and peace of mind.
Four. Fighting corruption. and
Five. Supporting the household economy.
Following the address, President Peña Nieto engaged in a frank, open dialogue with young people from all over the country.