· In 2015, internal financing of the private sector accounted for 31.2 percent, in other words, it increased by 5.5 percentage points over the figure for 2012, he said.

· The president inaugurated the BBVA Bancomer Tower.

· Mexico is currently an anchor of stability in finance and the global economic world: Francisco González, World Chairman of the BBVA Group.

President Enrique Peña Nieto announced today that according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the inflation rate for January of this year, 2.6 percent, is the lowest for a first month of the year since the indicator began to be measured on a monthly basis in Mexico in 1970.

During the inauguration of the BBVA Bancomer Tower, the president also declared that the country continues to generate new jobs: "In January, according to data from the Mexican Social Security Institute, 69,170 new formal jobs were registered, representing annual growth of 3.8 percent.”

He said that this figure is important, “Because it is 15 percent higher than in January last year, and also triples the number created in 2014.”

“These are positive indicators of the development and performance of our economy,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that financial reform, designed to increase the level of credit in the country, has also allowed greater competition to develop among financial institutions, “Which will obviously enable Mexican families to have access to better financial products in better credit conditions.”

He noted that in 2015, internal financing for the private sector represented 31.2 percent; in other words, it, “Grew 5.5 percentage points over the rate in 2012, when it was just above 25 percent.”

He recalled that the course charted after the adoption of financial reform is to achieve a level of credit of at least 40 percent, “And even beyond, as in other more developed economies and countries where the credit level is higher.”

The president declared that it is important to note that there has been a significant increase in the amount of credit available to micro firms, which generate the most jobs in our country. He reported that credit for microfirms grew by 69.3 percent between 2012 and 2015.

He said the mortgage lending in the country has also grown, increasing by 24.6 percent from 2012 to 2015.

He added that in personal credit, interest rates have fallen “From approximately 40 percent to 31.8 percent, an 8.6 percent decrease; in other words, the credit to which millions of Mexicans in our country now have access has become cheaper.”

The president congratulated BBVA Bancomer Financial Group, which, because of its customer base, collection level and number of branches, is the country's largest bank.

MEXICO HAS SHOWN GREAT RESISTANCE AND STRENGTH AND CONTINUES TO HANDLE PUBLIC FINANCES RESPONSIBLY: GRUPO BBVA

World Chairman of the BBVA Group Francisco González said that Mexico, "Is an anchor of stability at this time in finance and in the global economic world.”

He said that, “Over the years and in difficult environments such as the current one, Mexico has always shown great resistance and strength. It continues to handle public finances responsibly and to adopt reforms to boost growth.”

He said that our country has the potential to become one of the most important, dynamic economies in the world and a leader in growth thanks to its human capital and solid institutions.

He stressed that, “Today it is an anchor of stability amid all the volatility and problems we are experiencing worldwide. Nobody is worried about Mexico at this time, everyone is confident that this country will continue to grow and continue working, so there are no worries here, there are in other parts of the world, but certainly not in Mexico.”

He said that, “Since BBVA first invested in this country in the early 1990s, we have always believed in Mexico and Mexico has always been up to scratch, it has never disappointed us.”

He emphasized that our country has the full support of this financial group to continue contributing to its growth and the prosperity of all Mexicans.

THE STRUCTURAL REFORMS PROMOTED BY THE GOVERNMENT MEAN THAT OUR COUNTRY IS REGARDED AS THE EMERGING ECONOMY WITH THE GREATEST POTENTIALIN THE CONCERT OF NATIONS: LUIS ROBLES MIAJA

Luis Robles Miaja, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BBVA Bancomer, told President Peña Nieto that, “Mexico has a unique opportunity to become a developed country. The institutions and policies we have created over the past 25 years, which have been magnified by the structural reforms you have promoted, mean that our country is regarded as the most promising emerging economy in the concert of nations.

"Today we have also embarked on a new stage with great enthusiasm. We're committed to using all our potential to continue promoting the development of this great country and the well-being of our families,” he added.

Robles Miaja told President Peña Nieto that Bancomer, “Will do what is necessary for Mexico to achieve the levels of well-being and prosperity that have been the main objectives of your government.”

THE NEW BUILDING, A GREAT ICON FOR MEXICO CITY THAT CHANGES THE CITYSCAPE OF THE CAPITAL: MIGUEL ÁNGEL MANCERA

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa said that the new BBVA Bancomer building is a great icon for the city, noting that the building improves the cityscape of the capital.

He said that Mexico City, “Is undergoing a transformation. Our planning in this area, in the area of the Pasaje Reforma, in the Reforma Corridor, is showing everything our country can do.”

He thanked BBVA Bancomer, because, “In 2008, when it decided it was going to get rid of several of its major assets, it continued in Mexico City. Its vision in 2010 was bet on building in this capital.”

Thus, he said, major developments have been achieved, not only the new building of Paseo de la Reforma, but another very important one based in the Polanco area, and its branches have been remodeled.