President Enrique Peña Nieto today inaugurated today the 29th National Congress of Civil Engineering on “Planning, Ethics and Innovation for Equitable, Sustainable Development”, in which he thanked Mexican civil engineers for being an active part of the country’s development.
From the first day of the Administration, “I was very clear that in order to achieve what we set out to do, we depended 100 percent on the capacity of our engineers, their talent, creativity and ability”. EPN
Civil engineering has been at the heart of the achievements of the Pact for Mexico. The project of transformation of the country implies, in addition to civil engineering, profound structural changes and new foundations.
“We issued a bond that enabled us to obtain an addition 50 billion pesos to modernize, remodel and build 33,000 schools throughout the country, which serve just over 40 percent of the basic education enrollment in our country”. EPN
In the telecommunications sector, “The over 40 percent decrease in telephony costs and the increase of over 30 million Internet users would have been impossible without the construction of new transmission towers, fiber optics networks and base stations”.
The implementation of the new Accusatory Criminal Justice System could not have been carried out without the construction of 800 new rooms for oral trials.
“Five years ago, we began a new era in the construction of large projects and modern engineering projects. We did so on the basis of a fundamental principle: in infrastructure development, the government can no longer go it alone. It requires a great national effort in which the participation of private enterprise is crucial”: EPN
In conjunction with private enterprise, civil engineering projects have been developed that will transcend this six-year period and benefit many generations of Mexicans. Examples include the following:
- At the end of this Administration, 5,500 kilometers of new highways and freeways will have been built, equivalent to the distance between Mexico City and Alaska.
- We will have doubled the capacity of our ports, from 260 to 520 million tons. Moving this amount of cargo is equivalent to moving approximately 50 containers a minute.
- The Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train and the Light Rail in Guadalajara will transport 84 million passengers a year, equivalent to two thirds of our population.
- Nearly $200 billion USD have been pledged in private sector investments in the energy sector alone, in hydrocarbons and electricity; in terms of clean energy generation. This will make it possible to drill 30 new marine wells and increase generation capacity by 10 per cent over the next three years.
- The expansion of the distribution network has made it possible to take drinking water to 94 percent of the population.
- The East Issuing Tunnel and Atotonilco Wastewater Treatment Plant, the third largest in the world, are already emblems of Mexican hydraulic engineering.
- As a result of the expansion of airport infrastructure, passenger air transport has grown by 60 percent and today we have more than a thousand new national and international routes.