• Today,  the Soccer World Cup started in Russia, and for a few weeks, the world will focus on the world’s most popular sports competition, and Mexicans will be watching the performance of our National Team, he said.
  • At the same time as the National Team is fighting for the championship in Russia, nearly 90 million Mexicans will participate in the largest election in our history. Over 3,400 elected municipal, state and federal offices will be competed for, he said.
  • I am convinced that we will prove, once again, that Mexican institutions are solid and reliable and that ours is a mature democracy, he remarked.
  • He thanked the working team of the Secretariat of Economy led by Ildefonso Guajardo, because they have done a marvelous job of renegotiating agreements, particularly in North America.
  • The president Inaugurated the National Convention of Delegations, Sectors and Branches of CANACINTRA 2018.
  • Since 1941, CANACINTRA has been a strong promoter of national industry and a fundamental ally of Mexico's development and progress, he declared.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that due to the magnitude and complexity of the current electoral process in the country, “because of the plurality of our society and the importance of the decision Mexicans will make, this will be a great test for Mexican democracy”.

Today,  the Soccer World Cup started in Russia, and for a few weeks, the world will focus on the world’s most popular sports competition, and Mexicans will be watching the performance of our National Team. “At the same time as the National Team is fighting for the championship in Russia, nearly 90 million Mexicans will participate in the largest election in our history. Over 3,400  elected municipal, state and federal offices will be competed for,” he said.

“I am convinced that we will demonstrate, once again, that Mexican institutions are solid and reliable and that ours is a mature democracy,” he remarked.

“Let us continue working and combining efforts. I am sure we all want the best for our country. At the end of the day, we are all the Mexico team,” he said.

When he inaugurated the National Convention of Delegations, Sectors and Branches of the National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry (CANACINTRA) 2018, the president pointed out that since 1941, this Chamber has been, “a strong promoter of national industry and a fundamental ally of Mexico’s development and progress”.

He mentioned that, “In 2017, the manufacturing sector accounted for 17 percent of the national economy, equivalent to the Gross Domestic Product of several countries such as New Zealand, Ukraine and Vietnam”.

He highlighted, “The constructive spirit and willingness to engage in dialogue this union has always shown towards the government”.

The president recalled that six years ago, “Mexicans gave us the mandate not only to administer, but to transform Mexico”.

He added that, “Members of CANACINTRA understand that transforming does not mean destroying but creating value by taking advantage of the good things we have,” which is why, “we have collaborated so closely in these nearly six years.

He added that, “One of the most emblematic examples of this collaborative work we have done together has been to strengthen our network of treaties and commercial agreements. The accompaniment of industrialists and entrepreneurs in Mexico is widely recognized in the world, in what is known as the room next door, which many would like to have”.

”This was demonstrated by the successful conclusion of important trade negotiations, including the TPP11, the updating of the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, and the Pacific Alliance Trade Protocol,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that, “The updating of the North American Free Trade Agreement requires that we continue to take advantage of this close collaboration”.

He thanked the working team of the Secretariat of Economy led by Ildefonso Guajardo, because they have done a marvelous job of renegotiating agreements, particularly the one we are currently working on in North America.

He declared that the work of this negotiating team, “Is a testimony to the quality and dedication of public servants in our country,” and therefore repeated his recognition and congratulations to the public servants and businesspeople who accompany the negotiations.

The president considered that, “The trade liberalization of the past few decades has boosted the development of research and the specialization of the manufacturing industry of our country. Important examples of this can be found here in Querétaro, a state that ranks third in the National Science, Technology and Innovation Index and throughout the country”.

”That is what I saw on my visits to the Technological Science Park of Yucatán, the Mexico Innovation and Design Building in Jalisco, and the Center for Aeronautical Technologies of Querétaro, to mention just a few,” he added.

He declared that, “The strengthening of our research and development capabilities complements the growth of industry. The automotive sector, for example, has become an emblem of the ability of our companies and workers to make the Made in Mexico logo synonymous with quality”.

 “It is impressive, and it should fill us with pride, that nearly 11,000 vehicles are produced every day in our country. This is 25 percent more than five years ago, and twice what we produced in 2006,” he said.

They've heard me say this before, but it's worth remembering: For the first time in the past four administrations, there has been positive annual growth of the economy every quarter,” he said.

He pointed out that, “At the same time, so far during this Administration, 3.6 million new workers have been affiliated to the Mexican Social Security Institute, reflecting the highest increase in job creation of any six-year term. Of them, 1,170,000 have been created in the manufacturing sector;”  in other words, one out of every three jobs created during this Administration is linked to the activities of CANACINTRA companies.

He said that, “27 percent, one in four of the jobs created in this Administration, have been occupied by young people under 29. This achievement has greater significance if we consider that during the same period in the previous Administration, youth employment fell 13 percent”.

“Today, just over five years since then, nearly one million young people have access to a salary and social benefits that allow them to have a better quality of life. Nearly a million young people are making their way to a future of better opportunities, developing new disciplines and cutting-edge production areas,” he said.

He said that, “Mexico’s youth is one of its most important assets. That is where the country’s strength and talent lie, and it is up to all of us to trust them and invest in their future. I know that the government and the CANACINTRA industrialists will continue working for the youth of Mexico”.

THANKS TO THE STRUCTURAL REFORMS, MEXICO’S INDUSTRIAL GROUP CAN ASPIRE TO HAVING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD TO COMPETE IN: ILDEFONSO GUAJARDO

Economy Secretariat Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal said that thanks to the structural reforms, “Mexico’s industrial group can aspire to having a level playing field to compete in”. In this respect, he said that thanks to Energy Reform, according to information from INEGI, from December 2012 to May 2018, electricity tariffs fell by nearly 30 percent.

“On the subject of telecommunications, today in Mexico there are several companies that compete and have managed to cut costs. There has been savings of over 130 billion pesos in telecommunications in Mexico,” he said.

In Financial Reform, he added, “Today we have a significant increase in the share of financing of the GDP”. He pointed out that the commercial portfolio grew from 13 to 17 percent of GDP.

Regarding the Anti-trust Reform, he explained that today there are nearly 18 companies competing in the market, whereas at the beginning of this administration, “We had just five with a high concentration of the telecommunications market; not to mention in the oil and electricity sector, where today, we have gone from two monopolistic companies to over 100 players in the market”.

“There is no doubt that the first big step was taken very early and the results will continue to level the playing field, so that now, Mexican industrialists who began to participate as a result of the opening up of the market can aspire to compete in similar conditions of competition,” he declared.

STRUCTURAL REFORMS CREATE THE CONDITIONS THAT ENCOURAGE THE PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITY, WHICH TOGETHER HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF OUR COUNTRY: CANACINTRA

On behalf of the country’s industrialists, Enrique Guillén Mondragón, President of CANACINTRA thanked President Peña Nieto for being a great ally, “in whom we have found the sensitivity to exchange points of view, which sometimes agreed and sometimes differed, but always converged on the strengthening of national industry”.

He highlighted the sense of pride of members of this House because, “Mexico's role today at the international level puts us in a privileged position. An example of this is Mexico's progress in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, where we went from 58th position in 2011 to 51st in 2017.

He said that this, “Has been possible due to the Federal Government’s effort to promote structural reforms including Energy,  Finance, Telecommunications, Anti-trust and Education, to create the conditions that will encourage productive activity, which together have changed the face of our country”.

Guillén Mondragón declared that in response to, “The return to protectionism and the extreme nationalism other countries have adopted under the guise of defending their national security, Mexicans must focus on strengthening ourselves internally to cope with this intricate and unpredictable international context”.

Therefore, he said, “It is a source of great satisfaction to know that private enterprise, especially the industrial sector,” actively participates in the negotiation processes of the North American Free Trade Agreement. “None of our business partners has a Y like Mexico, which enables all the decisions on international trade made by our country to involve the advice and support of Mexican entrepreneurs and experts”.

“Thanks to this synergy between the private sector and the public sector, today the world is waiting to see what Mexico’s next step is”. “At CANACINTRA, we like to recognize a job well done, which is why, at the last convention I will be honored to preside as the leader of manufacturing industrialists, I would like to express an affectionate, but above all, well-deserved recognition of your work, and your commitment to national industry, Mr. President,” he declared.

MEXICO HAS THE  WORLD’S MOST NOBLE AND HARDWORKING SOCIETY: GOVERNOR OF QUERÉTARO

Francisco Domínguez Servien, governor of the state of Querétaro, said that thanks to the drive of Querétaro’s industrialists and other sectors, his state is among the top three nationwide as regards economic growth and job creation.

”You are in a state that promotes the economic development of the country through trade liberalization, liaison and the defense of free trade,” he said.

He thanked CANACINTRA for its decision to choose the state as the venue for its National Convention, and declared that Querétaro has evolved from manufacturing to mindfacturing, which has led, among other things, to the state becoming the fourth aeronautics investment destination in the world.

The governor of Querétaro called for the current electoral process to focus on the proposals and commitments in favor of a single Mexico, the Mexico, “that is not stopped by walls or protectionist measures,” and is aligned with the noblest, most hardworking society in the world.