Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

It is an honor for me to be in Peru, as a guest at the handover ceremony. I recognize President Ollanta Humala as a bold, pragmatic and visionary politician who set Peru on the path to development and prosperity.

His achievements, democratic conviction and vocation for service have earned him Mexicans’ respect. During his government, Peru maintained strong economic growth, despite the complexity of the international scenario, and was a key factor of balance in the region.

I am sure that, during the administration of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, we will maintain the excellent level of bilateral relations achieved in recent years and be able to consolidate the fraternity that unites us.

For almost two centuries, Peru and Mexico have cultivated a close friendship. If we look at our past, we can see that we share a rich common history: a legacy of major pre-Hispanic civilizations. Today, links between our countries are experiencing their best moment.

Peru is currently Mexico’s fifth largest trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, with bilateral trade surpassing $2.3 billion USD in 2015. In 2014, we agreed to deepen political dialogue and strengthen cultural and economic ties, as well as cooperation on issues on the common agenda. We have thereby opened a chapter of closeness between the two countries that will result in new projects and convergence, for the benefit of our peoples.

In fact, just when isolationist movements are gaining momentum in certain parts of the world, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico have opted for union. Together, we planned the Pacific Alliance (PA) as a genuine platform for regional integration based on economic openness and inclusion. We are convinced that the road is to open rather than close doors and we are advancing firmly towards the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital.

Its scope makes this mechanism the broadest, most profound and innovative integration process in the history of Latin America. And under Peru’s Pro Tempore Presidency, we have strengthened the interaction with  observer countries, established a dialogue with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and gave renewed impetus to our countries’ Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Since the inception of the PA, Peru and Mexico have increased bilateral dialogue in virtually all areas. We share the same vision of development and are working to ensure that our policies translate into greater prosperity for our societies.

Peru and Mexico continue to move forward to strengthen our ties of friendship and cooperation in the quest for better opportunities for our people. I am sure that during President Kuczynski’s government, we will continue advancing this noble goal. I wish him every success in his administration and confirm Mexicans’ fraternity with the people of Peru.