• President Peña Nieto’s participation in the G20 summit and APEC seeks to attract more investment in strategic sectors and to assign more resources to productive projects, he said.

• It will be the first state visit made by a Mexican president to the Philippines in over 50 years.

The details of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s upcoming trip to Turkey and the Philippines were announced during a joint press conference by Minister of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez.

Sánchez Hernández said that the president will participate in Turkey on November 15 and in the G20, the main forum for international coordination of economic policy and finance of the world’s 20 largest economies, on November 16. He will be in the Philippines on November 17, 18 and 19 for a state visit and then participate in the 23rd Meeting of Economic Leaders' of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The government spokesman said that through these actions, “The government strengthens its role as a major player in international decision-making mechanisms to achieve greater economic growth of our country that will translate into benefits for the people.”

He said that, “The aim is to attract more investment in strategic sectors such as telecommunications, and leverage the strength of our macroeconomic performance to assign more resources to productive projects.”

“The aim is for Mexico’s links with the world to create more, better paid jobs and produce well-being for Mexican families,” he said.

Sánchez Hernández said that as an actor with global responsibility, “Our country is committed to sharing its learning with the world on those issues in which it now occupies a leading position, such as combating climate change and promoting micro, small and medium enterprises.”

He said that this type of forums, “Are also an opportunity to promote the benefits of the structural reform agenda, as well as progress in social issues linked to international commitments, such as the fight against hunger and malnutrition.”

At the press conference, it was announced that the president’s state visit to the Philippines has great historical symbolism because of the rich, varied cultural heritage we share with that country. It will be the only state visit hosted by the Philippines during the 23rd APEC Meeting, and the first by a Mexican president to that country in over 50 years.