- During the two sessions with the APEC Leaders, President Peña Nieto addressed the challenges facing our economies to move towards inclusive growth, and highlighted the importance of continuing to promote free trade to strengthen the processes of Asia-Pacific integration.
President Enrique Peña Nieto participated in the second day of work of the 25th APEC Leaders’ Forum in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam.
The president attended the dialogue of APEC Leaders with Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund and subsequently participated in two formal sessions and a working lunch.
During the first session, “Innovative growth, inclusion and sustainable employment in the digital era”, the president addressed the challenges facing the economies of the region to move towards sustainable and inclusive growth, and stressed the importance of working to facilitate trade and improve the business environment to achieve this.
At the working lunch, the leaders discussed the vision and priorities that should inform the Post-2020 Agenda for the development of APEC. Presidente Peña Nieto said that one of the most important challenges is to create more and better mechanisms to help the least developed countries cope with the effects of natural disasters and climate change by promoting more resilient economies. He underlined the fact that this is a challenge the Caribbean region shares with the island nations of Asia-Pacific.
During the second session, President Peña Nieto spoke about the importance of continuing to promote free trade to strengthen the processes of Asia-Pacific integration, and the need to make trade more inclusive, so that it benefits everyone. He said that it is essential to strengthen the capacities of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) so that they can successfully participate in global value chains.
The APEC economies concentrated 89% of Mexico’s exports in 2016, and the investments they have made represent 57% of the accumulated Foreign Direct Investment between 1999 and the second quarter of 2017.
At the end of the APEC Leaders meeting, President Peña Nieto gave a press conference. Afterwards he left for the airport to fly back to Mexico.