- .At the official residence of Los Pinos, the president received the participants in the 21st Annual Meeting of the Paley International Council Summit, the first to be held in a Latin American country.
- In order to break the logjam, four years ago we formed a major agreement with the main political forces, the Pact for Mexico, which resulted in 13 Structural Reforms to expand the social rights of the population, strengthen our institutional regime and increase the competitiveness of our economy, he explained.
- The key to achieving these structural changes, postponed for decades, was the dialogue between the political forces, he said.
- Dialogue will also be the way for a new stage in the relations between Mexico and the United States. We hope that bilateral dialogue, guided by optimism, pragmatism and respect for the sovereignty of both countries, will remain the best way to forge a shared future, he said.
At the official residence of Los Pinos, where he received members of the Paley Center participating in the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Council Summit, the first to be held in a Latin American country, President Enrique Peña Nieto told the leaders of the world's most influential media: “As more people, particularly from the United States, get to know Mexico and its people better, they will understand that Mexicans are more than neighbors, we are partners, allies and friends”.
Accompanied by his wife, Angelica Rivera de Pena, the president said that, “Today we are fortunate that you have chosen Mexico for the Paley International Council Summit. This is a great opportunity for the directors of the world’s most influential and innovative media to learn more about our extraordinary country, he said.
He said that Mexico is a country that has, “Enjoyed 82 years of peaceful, orderly power-switching, which testifies to our strong democratic life”. He added that, “This is the fifteenth largest global economy and currently the main driver of economic growth in Latin America; with two decades of macroeconomic stability, sound public finances and a strong banking system”.
He added that in the late 80s, “Mexico made the decision to open its trade to the world. We gradually became consolidated as a market economy. Today we are the seventh largest producer of cars worldwide, the largest producer of flat TV screens, and we have an aviation industry growing at double digit rates”.
The president said that, “Despite these achievements and strengths, by the end of the 20th century, it was clear that important institutions and sectors of the economy had fallen behind in our country”.
Therefore, he stressed, “To break the logjam, four years ago we formed a great agreement with the main political forces. This agreement, known as the Pact for Mexico, resulted in 13 Structural Reforms to expand the social rights of the population, strengthen our institutional regime and increase the competitiveness of our economy.”
To illustrate the importance of this reform, the president highlighted three of them: Education, Telecommunications and Energy. “The key to achieving these structural changes, postponed for decades, was dialogue between the political forces,” he said.
Dialogue will also be the way to achieve a new stage in relations between Mexico and the United States. This will undoubtedly be the start of an era of new challenges, but also, and this is what I would like to stress, great opportunities to find new paths to cooperation and shared prosperity”.
“It cannot be any other way: the bilateral relationship is so deep that it goes beyond the relationship between governments. With over a million legal border crossings every day, we share the busiest border in the world, linking ten states in two countries inhabited by over 95 million people,” he said.
The president recalled a phrase from former US Treasury Secretary and Secretary of State James Baker: "The United States has no more important relationship than the one with its neighbor and friend, Mexico”.
He said throughout the United States, “The 35 million people of Mexican origin, of which only a third are migrants, contribute daily, through their work and creativity, to the development and welfare of both nations. In addition, our economies have been increasingly integrated through the Free Trade Agreement over the past 22 years”.
He explained that, “Mexico is the second destination of US exports. Apart from what it sells to the UK, which will soon exit the European Union, Mexico buys more from the US than all the European countries together. It also buys more from the US than BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa together”.
It is, he continued, “A very balanced business relationship, but above all, with great synergies, since the United States and Mexico produce together to sell to the rest of the world”.
Few people know this, he added, “But on average, exports from Mexico to the United States consist of 40 percent of inputs produced in the United States; that is, 40 cents of every dollar we export has US content, made by jobs created in the United States. In fact, over 6 million jobs in the United States are estimated to depend directly on trade with Mexico.”
“We therefore hope that bilateral dialogue, guided by optimism, pragmatism and respect for the sovereignty of both countries, will remain the best way to forge a shared future,” he said.
The mission of the Paley Center, named in honor of William S. Paley, a radio and television pioneer and the creator of what became CBS in the United States, is to lead the discussion about the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms for communication professionals and the public interested in the media.
IMPORTANT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN MEXICO UNDER PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO’S LEADERSHIP: EDUARDO SÁNCHEZ HERNÁNDEZ
General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández said that very important things are happening in Mexico under President Enrique Peña Nieto’s leadership , and highlighted the achievement of 13 important structural reforms for the country.
“In 2012, at the beginning of that year, speaking of an Education, Telecommunication, Antitrust or Energy Reform seemed impossible. And in just two years, President Peña and the forces represented in Congress achieved this, through a major agreement,” he said.
As he welcomed members of Paley center, “To this modern global Mexico, this Mexico of transformations,” he hoped that during their stay here, Council members would see that, “We are a modern country, a country that is becoming a country of opportunities, and above all, a country whose main asset is its people”.
PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO IS THE ONLY STATESMAN WHO HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER THE OPPOSITION TO PUSH THROUGH THE STRUCTURAL REFORMS THAT ARE TRANSFORMING MY COUNTRY: EMILIO AZCÁRRAGA JEAN
Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Chairman of Grupo Televisa, noted that, “In the era of democratic Mexico, President Peña is the only statesman who has brought together the opposition to push through far-reaching structural reforms that are transforming my country today”.
“Few thought it was possible and they did so on the basis of the rules of modernity, by building agreements, understanding the other person's point of view and dialogue and negotiation”.
In doing so, he added, “He set aside his personal political interest and adhered to his vision of the future. He was not concerned about short-term gains. Thanks to this, he implemented energy and education reforms, the fruits of will not be seen during his administration,” he said.
He stressed that, “The reform of the telecommunications sector, which the president also promoted, leveled the playing field and created greater competition in network television, telephony services, Internet access and pay television, which directly benefit all Mexican consumers”.
Mexico, he said, “Is rising to the challenges it faces. Mexico is a good neighbor of the United States. The two countries are good partners, good allies, and above all, good friends. Mexicans want to remain so. "
He said that, “We have financial strengths and solidity thanks to the sensible management of President Peña’s government. In perspective, this year, Mexico's economy will grow just over two percent,” and stressed that, This is undoubtedly an important achievement”.
THIS YEAR WE ARE MAKING HISTORY, TRAVELING TO MEXICO FOR THE FIRST TIME: FRANK A. BENNACK JR
Frank A. Bennack Jr., President of the Paley Center, said that, “This year we are making history by traveling to Mexico for the first time” and thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto and the President of Grupo Televisa, Emilio Azcárraga Jean for hosting the event.
He stressed that the Council Summit , “Represents what we do at the Center, which is to bring together world leaders and executives to talk about the changing dialogues in all types of media”.
He welcomed the participation at the 21st Annual Meeting of representatives from 26 countries, “I believe this is the most important meeting,” and emphasized that, “It is an honor to see that you have chosen to join us to help shed light on the current situation”.