The Secretary of
Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, delivered the keynote address
"Young people, free trade and shared economy" at the opening of the
school year at the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo
León (UANL, by its initials in Spanish).
The head of the
Secretariuat of Economy (SE, by its initials in Spanish) said that, in these
times, the new students have in mind a more entrepreneurial scheme, to create
jobs, "and that's the most important dynamic that you are facing."
He also expressed
that the new challenges of the public policy that will face the university
"are based on a changing and dynamic scenario and with a technological
revolution". That is why he made a calling so the young people that today
begin their studies could be agents of change and transformation.
recalled that many graduates of this school joined the project of opening the
Mexican economy as it was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
"a negotiation that has been paradigmatic in the history of international
trade, because economies of different levels of development faced themselves in
order to integrate a free trade area."
He said that the
agenda that have built the Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama seeks
ways to reduce transaction costs to improve the competitiveness, together, in
North America, either in approval, trade facilitation or customs modernization
to help improve the flows.
Commenting, on the
keynote speech, about the Strategic Trans-Pacific Agreement of Economic Partnership
(TPP), he said that they are working with the design of an active trade policy
with Asia, because it is one of the continents that have had a higher economic
growth in recent years. In the past few days, the Secretary of Economy
concluded his participation at the Meeting of Trade Ministers of the TPP, held
in Maui, Hawaii.
With regard to the
Pacific Alliance (comprising Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico) he said that has
definitely has established itself as a stable regional integration mechanism,
dynamic and innovative, aimed at achieving an area of deep integration based on
the free movement of goods, services, capital and people; it has become a
platform for joint economic and trade integration and projection to the world,
with special emphasis on the Asia Pacific.
He said that Mexico
and the European Union are strategic partners, linked by a free trade agreement
that has allowed the development of trade relations and investment, as well as
the creation of jobs on both sides. It must be adapted to the new international
economic reality. The modernization of this trade agreement should make it
comparable with the new agreements negotiated by both Mexico and the EU.
He stressed that
improving integration and expanding the integration to the south, with the
countries that agree with us, expanding the ties with Asia, deepening them with
Europe, we are making of Mexico one of the most interesting productive
platforms in international trade.
The event was
attended by Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, Rector of the UANL; the Director of the
Faculty of Economics, Julio César Arteaga García; the Coordinator of Federal
Delegations of the SE, Jorge Cantú Valderrama; and the Chief of the SE in Nuevo
León, Enrique Martinez.