• The president described the process of transformation Mexico has experienced in recent decades, particularly in the past three years.

• Our country wishes to continue along the path of breaking down barriers and obstacles to its development, he said.

• We want to be the builders and architects of a better future for Mexico, for Mexican society and for those who have made Mexico a place for them to be and live, as has been the case for the Jewish community, he said.

As part of the tenth anniversary of the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs, President Enrique Peña Nieto met with members of the American Jewish Committee and the Central Committee of the Jewish Community in Mexico, with whom he shared the transformation process our country has experienced in recent decades, particularly in the past three years.

The president said that Mexico is a country of democratic vocation, which has been consolidated under this condition and has experienced a degree of political and social stability over the past 81 years that few countries can boast of: "Every six years during this period, we have had orderly, peaceful power-switching, in strict accordance with our constitutional framework.”

He noted that today’s Mexico, “Elicits increasing confidence, from responsible action in the management of public finances to care for and preserve our macroeconomic stability, meaning that the dynamism of our economy remains the main engine of our economic development.”

It is worth noting, he said, that, “Over the past three years, we have had foreign direct investment of over 80 billion dollars, accounting for nearly 50 percent more than the average investments of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s member countries.”

Mexico is a country undergoing a process of change and transformation, which remains faithful to the objectives we have set to arrive at better conditions and better scenarios, he said.

“We are a democratic government, an open government, a government that listens to different voices, and on the basis of this, we have set a path of transformation and breaking down barriers to achieve greater development as a nation,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that, “Mexico wishes to continue along the road to breaking down the barriers and obstacles to its development. We wish to be the builders and architects of a better future for Mexico, for Mexican society and for those who have made Mexico a place for them to be and live, as has been the case for the Jewish community, he said.

The president noted that, “We are the seventh largest producer of vehicles in the world and the fourth largest exporter of vehicles and we are the leading exporter of television screens, refrigerators, among other items. This undoubtedly speaks of the transformation Mexico has undergone in the past three decades.”

To contextualize these figures, the president said that three decades ago, “We were a country whose main export was oil. Today, oil export revenues account for no more than 10 percent of our exports.”

He said that, “In this democratic condition of plurality and diversity, major structural changes have taken place in the past three years, many aimed at expanding the rights of Mexican society by strengthening its democratic institutions.”

The president thanked the American Jewish Committee for its strong support of the Mexican community in the United States. “I know that your voice is one that is heard loudly, and that in US society, it highlights the great work of our compatriots, who are part of the development of that nation,” he said.

”I am sure that you will continue to be a voice that speaks loudly, and not only demands rights but calls for the recognition of the contribution of migrant communities in the United States to the development of that sister nation," he said.

President Peña Nieto said that with the United States, Mexico has, “A geographic vicinity in which we are called to promote the development of the North American region.”

“We have significantly intensified our trade and tourism with the United States. For the United States, we are a very important destination for its exports; in fact, we are its second most important export destination,” he said.

He said that, “The US buys almost three times more from Mexico than it does from countries like Turkey, Brazil and Russia together.” Likewise, he continued, the United States has become Mexico’s most important export destination. “That has made us strategic partners in trade, tourism and many other areas,” he added.

MEXICANS IMPROVE OUR COUNTRY: AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE

David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, acknowledged Mexicans’ contribution to the United States of America: “They improve our country.”

He said that they come here as friends of American pluralism, which is one of the reasons that explain the greatness of the United States: its dynamism and ability to regenerate itself.

He recalled that in the US, “We have Spanish-speaking people,” adding that the Institute of the American Jewish Committee, “Has built and has also supported and formed relations and partnerships. We support them, and we will continue to be at their side.”

He declared that, “We are together, as Americans, with Mexico, fighting for democracy,” to create the world we wish to leave our children.

THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN MEXICO CONFIRMS ITS SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT

For his part, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Jewish Community in Mexico Salomón Achar confirmed the Jewish community’s support of President Peña Nieto’s government. “I confirm the Jewish community’s support of the reforms and commitment we have as a Jewish community in Mexico to build, together with you and your government, a fairer country and one with better opportunities for everyone,” he said.

He said that the Jewish community has joined Mexico and “Has offered the country the little it has been able to return in gratitude for these years of freedom, these years of having been able to establish a Jewish community in Mexico, build families, set up businesses and be a community that is fully integrated into the country.”