entrepreneurs will be able to access loans from 50,000 to 5 million pesos, he
announced the expansion of Popular Insurance Scheme coverage to support the
care of women with ovarian cancer. As of today, it will cover the entire diagnosis and
treatment of these cases.
· He led the celebration of the International
Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
today, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the SME Women Program, designed by the development banks of the
Mexican state, the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and the National
Institute for Women, the goal of which is to grant loans on preferential terms
to women entrepreneurs and for this to contribute their achieving their
he added, gives women economic independence, “and that is what we want, for
them to feel that they have a sphere of freedom and personal fulfillment that
will enable them to destroy any constraints imposed on them.”
that the SME Women Program provides support ranging from 50,000 to five million
peso loans, to lower rates than those charged by commercial banks on such loans,
and with more favorable timescales, “so that women can develop and undertake
opening up greater spaces of access to credit will allow women to start their
own projects, their own business, without fear. “Don’t be scared: you will have
the mechanisms and support to be able to carry them out, and I'm sure women
will prove that it is possible to carry out any project they set out to
undertake,” he said.
commemoration of International Women’s Day, the president said that this
administration has not only devoted more resources to the actions carried out
by the various government agencies to support women, but has also established
specific programs and supported productive projects geared towards women.
that the budget for this year designed to promote equality for women is 54 percent
higher than 2012, rising from 16.7 billion to 25.9 billion pesos this year.
that, “There has been increasing public investment from the resources the
government allocates from various departments and the programs designed for
women and to support gender equality.”
Peña Nieto also announced the expansion of Popular Insurance Scheme coverage to
support the care of women with ovarian cancer. “As of today,
it will cover the entire diagnosis and treatment of cases of ovarian cancer.”
recalled that among the reforms promoted in this administration, a new law was
established to ensure that women have greater scope for participation in
politics in our country, as a result of which half the candidacies for the
Federal Congress and the local congresses of all political parties are held by
As a result,
he added, “Congresses, “Have a greater presence and representation of women.”
EMPOWERED WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE THE BEST ACCELERATOR FOR EQUALITY: LORENA CRUZ
the National Women's Institute (INMUJERES), Lorena Cruz declared that,
“Empowered women and girls are the best accelerator for equality; they are the
real factor of change, the way to promote protection against the breakdown of
the social fabric, and the solution to poverty.
that social programs should be tailored to women’s needs to promote their
economic independence, she said that the SME Women Program, “Is not only a
program that grants loans,” but, according to the instructions of President
Peña Nieto, is designed, “To eliminate these inequality gaps between male and
female employers. We are talking about more than two million
employers in our country, only 20 percent of whom are women.”
that, “In order to achieve the prosperous Mexico to which we aspire, we need
women to participate on equal terms in the labor market, generate their own
income, and have the resources to be able to develop their talents and
“When we bet
on women, we bet on the development of the country and the development of
families. Because when a woman is in a decision-making
position, when a woman runs a business, she will invariably support other women
and always will think of the benefits
for her own family and the benefits for her workers’ families,” he said.
SME WOMEN POSSIBLE THANKS TO STRUCTURAL REFORMS: LOZANO DE LA TORRE
Aguascalientes Carlos Lozano de la Torre said that support for women
entrepreneurs, through the SME Women Program, which is unprecedented in Mexico,
has been made possible by structural reforms, particularly the Financial and
Fiscal Reforms, which have allowed access to cheaper credit, encouraged
formality and created more jobs with social security.
President Peña Nieto: “These are the concrete results and benefits your
government’s structural reforms have implemented, as long-term rather than
situational measures, to achieve a permanent, sweeping transformation of
Mexico, its regions and all the conditions of inequality that curb and limit
thanked the government because it is strengthening its commitment to Mexico by
making gender equality a cross-cutting policy to expand women's access to
justice, safer cities, social services and economic empowerment.
“A good sign
that Mexico is on the right track is provided by the president’s accompaniment
of the efforts of Mexican men and women, so that they can achieve and write
their own story of success.”
WOMEN WILL PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIETY: BERNAL GONZÁLEZ
Carmen Bernal González, Mexico’s representative at the W20, the Women’s Chapter
of the Group of 20, said the key role women play in transforming society lies
in the collaborative and inclusive attitude between men and women.
She said the SME
Women program will not only benefit Aguascalientes, or the Bajío region, but
the entire country, and hoped that this would send a very positive,
constructive message to the world that in Mexico we are in favor of these
who is also the director of the Research Center for Women in Senior Management
at the IPADE Business School, welcomed the launch of the SME Women Program because
it was one of the points on the work agenda agreed at the W20, within the
framework of last year’s G20 Summit in Turkey.
shows that different actors of society need to work together: the Federal Government, of course, women, family, education. And this would not be possible without everyone's work."
considered it important to open up opportunities for joint collaboration, “So
that together, we can continue to transform our country” and stated that Mexicans
worldwide, “Are very well regarded and in these issues, we have enormous scope
MEXICO IS NOTED FOR ITS MACROECONOMIC BASES, INCLUDING ITS STRONG, EXPANDING FINANCIAL SYSTEM: BANAMEX
Director of the
Small and Medium Enterprises Department of the National Bank of Mexico Ileana
Maya Reza said that financial reform has given a big boost to credit for micro,
small and medium enterprises.
“As a result
of the recognition of the complementary role of development banking and
commercial banking, there has been a substantial increase in the resources
channeled to this important sector of the economy, mainly through various
programs and schemes with economic momentum, in which Nacional Financiera plays
a fundamental role,” she added.
She said that
the joint work of the authorities, development banking and commercial banks meant
that in 2015, 520 billion pesos were channeled into the segment of micro, small
and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
She said that
today, “Mexico is noted for its macroeconomic fundamentals, particularly its solid,
expanding financial system, with a credit growth rate between three and four
times the GDP for these past fifteen years.” Moreover, “All
the credit circuits have increased credit and nonperforming loan indicators remain
low, indicating that there is healthy, sustainable growth, within a financial
system that is distinguished by its strength and dynamism.”
this financial group’s commitment to SMEs in Mexico and, “To venturing into
innovative financing schemes such as the Business Women’s Program, in which we grant
financing for up to five million pesos with preferential conditions, both as
regards term and fixed rates, noting that, “A society with greater gender
equity increases its potential for growth, development and welfare.”
WOMEN ARE ALSO THE FUTURE OF
cash flow in order not to lose a business she has in Zacatecas, Blanca Judith
Mejía Gonzalez, a businesswoman from Aguascalientes, found out about the SME Women
Program, and according to her testimonial, in less than a week, she was able to
obtain a loan that allowed her to continue with her projects.
those wishing to be entrepreneurs or to start a business to request this
support from the government, “Because we now have much more support than my
mother did 25 years ago.”