President Enrique Peña Nieto participated in the first working session of the 25th Ibero-American Summit in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Education is a great social equalizer that not only improves the lives of individuals and their families but also triggers the development of communities and countries.

"Here I propose that we all take up the second challenge and we ask the General Ibero-American Secretariat  and its director, whom I congratulate on the preparatory work for this meeting, to design a new way to keep score and follow up on the education cup”: EPN

Education reform and work

  • At the beginning of the current administration, an education reform was launched to make the right to quality education for all Mexicans a reality.
  • The goal is to professionalize teaching through evaluation, training and updating.
  • Investments are also being made in infrastructure and reviewing educational curricula; one of the premises is for Mexican children to learn to learn.
  • Higher education in Mexico has placed special emphasis on technological education: at present, 870,000 students are being trained at technological and polytechnic universities, 25 percent more than in 2012.
  • New linkage mechanisms with businesses are being adopted, so that young people can complement their education with a professional, practical component.
  • The growth in youth employment in the formal sector of the economy is encouraging: in four years, 2.3 million formal jobs have been created, of which a quarter have been for young people between the ages of 15 and 29.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem

Mexico is determined to form part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The National Institute of Entrepreneurship, created nearly four years ago; has spent 1.5 billion USD on supporting just over a million entrepreneurs.

A credit program to provide initial financing has been launched, particularly for young people who have no credit history.

Mexico is also undertaking actions to promote entrepreneurship globally, as well as the internationalization of small and medium enterprises.

As part of the Pacific Alliance, the Entrepreneurial Capital Fund was established with the support of the Inter-American Development Fund to finance and encourage new entrepreneurs with a high growth potential.

"That is precisely what we should be looking for at this Latin American Summit: a new way of doing things, strongly promoting education and realizing the aspirations of our people, especially our children and youth”: EPN