- The government will strive to ensure that whoever is elected president of the United States will continue to build a constructive relationship to enable North America to be a more productive and competitive region, he said.
- Our border is the busiest and most intense crossing point in the world: every day, it is crossed by one million people and over 350,000 vehicles legally, he declared.
- Annual trade between the two countries is among the most comprehensive and extensive in the world: $550 billion USD, equivalent to an average of more than a million dollars a minute, he stated.
President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that Mexican government will be respectful of the electoral process carried out in the United States of America, “Because we do not intervene, we shall not meddle in others’ affairs and we must not allow another nation to intervene in the internal electoral processes in our country.”
He said that in the run-up to the electoral process in the United States, what President Juárez said 150 years ago is still extremely valid: “Between both nations and individuals, respect for the rights of others guarantees peace.”
The government will strive to ensure that whoever is elected president of the United States will continue to build a constructive relationship to enable North America to be a more productive, competitive region, a region that provides its societies with conditions of well-being.”
He said that those who seek to isolate themselves, “Have, I think, chosen the wrong path. Today, we are part of a global community, a global world, where borders are increasingly reduced or cease to exist.”
"As members of Mexican society, we disagree with certain discriminatory positions that undoubtedly damage relations between Mexico and the United States, which have been constructed for decades,” he added.
As he led the delivery of the modernization of the road infrastructure of the Tijuana-Rosarito-Tecate Metropolitan Zone, by paving 100 linear kilometers of roads, President Peña Nieto stressed that, “Our states along the northern border, together with the four states on the southern United States border, form a binational community. To contextualize this, he said that, “Here in Baja California, the binational community comprises more than six million inhabitants.”
To give some idea of the importance of relations between Mexico and the United States, the president said, “Our border, in addition to being three thousand kilometers long, is the busiest and most intense crossing point in the world: every day, the border between Mexico and the United States is crossed by one million people legally; a million people and 350,000 vehicles cross the border daily.”
He declared that annual trade between the two countries is among the most comprehensive and extensive: $55 billion USD.” That is more than an average of a million dollars a minute, he said.
He declared that Mexico is first or second export destination of more than 20 US states. He added that today, six million US jobs depend directly on exports to Mexico.
“That's how important and relevant relations between the two nations are. The United States is obviously Mexico’s most important commercial destination for its exports; that’s how intense relations between the two countries are,” he declared.
The president explained that as happens elsewhere in the world, “The geographical proximity between nations undoubtedly intensifies relations between the countries.” He explained that US exports to Mexico are only, “A little more than what it exports to all the countries in the European Union.”
“These facts reflect the importance and relevance of these bilateral relations, this community or communities formed by the cities of the two countries which are on the border, as well the intensity of the relationship in different areas,” he said.
President Peña Nieto said his government has set very specific goals that are materializing and crystallizing. “We have promoted structural changes that will enable our country to achieve conditions of greater development. And there are the figures; in recent years, the highest number of jobs on record have been created: nearly two million jobs have been generated.”
He stressed that, “Whereas there are other parts of the world that are not growing, where the growth rate of their economy has slowed, Mexico is one of the countries that is growing.”
He noted that today the INEGI (National Institute of Statistics and Geography) released inflation figures for the month of April of 2.54 percent, the lowest inflation rate for the month of April since it began to be recorded in 1970.
The president declared that the works delivered in Baja California today are part of a package that will translate into improvements and repairs of urban roads in three municipalities: Tecate, Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito.
He said that today, maintenance works were inaugurated on the four-lane Tijuana-Tecate route, together with improvements to the Tijuana-Ensenada highway. “Conservation work performed on Juárez Avenue and University Avenue and on the Mexicali-Tecate highway, where a third lane was built,” he added.
He added that the government, “Is modernizing the ports of entry in Otay in San Ysidro-El Chaparral; we are expanding the pedestrian crossing in Puerta Mexico, and undertaking public works to expand roads to improve the connectivity of this binational community between Mexico and the United States.”
THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE WE ARE GENERATING CONDITIONS FOR MEXICAN FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE GREATER WELL-BEING AND FOR THE COUNTRY TO ATTAIN GREATER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: GERARDO RUIZ ESPARZA
Minister of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that, “The three levels of government are working together. Through the construction of infrastructure like what we have inaugurated today, we are creating the conditions for Mexican families to achieve greater well-being and for the country to attain greater economic development.
He declared that these works, in which over $617 million pesos of government funds were invested, “Contribute to providing better quality of life, safety and dynamism to the development of Baja California, by quickly and safely integrating the urban centers of the state.” They also facilitate the safe, comfortable transport of tourists to various destinations in the state.
He said that is part of Government Commitment 124, which consists of paving 100 kilometers of federal roads in the state, and roads in the metropolitan area of the municipalities of Tijuana, Rosarito and Tecate, where over 100,000 vehicles circulate daily, benefiting over 1,757,000 inhabitants.
Minister Ruiz Esparza announced that on May 18, Mexico will assume the presidency of the International Transport Forum, to be held during the OECD Annual Summit of Ministers in Leipzig, Germany, the first time a Latin American country has occupied this position. This is a reflection, he said, of the progress and results President Peña Nieto’s government is reaching in transport infrastructure.
He also announced that in the past few days, the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States granted the Port of Ensenada the Maritime Prize of the Americas for social responsibility because it is the first green port in the country and the second in Latin America.
"The award joins the certification the International Organization ECO gave the port for being a sustainable, environmentally friendly port, which complies with all the national and international legal systems on this issue," he said.
COORDINATION WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STRENGTHENS THE COMPETITIVENESS OF BAJA CALIFORNIA: FRANCISCO VEGA DE LAMADRID
Governor of Baja California, Francisco Arturo Vega De Lamadrid, said that for this state, it is crucial to work in constant coordination with the Federal Government to consolidate its competitiveness. By way of an example, he mentioned the modernization of the Port of Sauzal and the upcoming construction of the Sauzal-Tecate railroad, in conjunction with the Ministry of Communications and Transport.
He also mentioned President Peña Nieto’s support for the construction of Ensenada Airport, necessary for both its residents and to promote tourism and freight transport.
He noted that the road infrastructure works inaugurated today facilitate economic and social development between the municipalities of Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito and Tecate, “which means a solid step in consolidating the metropolization of the three municipalities.”
He said that better safety conditions will be created for users by significantly reducing the possibility of accidents, and that these works will be of great benefit to tourism.
THE MODERNIZATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE STRENGTHENS THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY: YURIDIA RODRÍGUEZ QUEVEDO
Yuridia Rodríguez Quevedo, a resident of the neighboring city of Tijuana, said that the modernization of infrastructure that consists of the paving of 100 kilometers of roads, is of paramount importance to the communities of Tijuana-Rosarito-Tecate as they contribute to improving, “The transportation of machinery, livestock, merchandise and tourists, to react to emergencies, create a flow of people and make cities competitive.” All this contributes to the creation of more and better businesses that create jobs and enable families continue to grow and “strengthen the future of our country”.
“I invite you to continue believing in the future of this great nation, comprising each and every one of those who are present.” She urged Enrique Peña Nieto, “Not to let down your guard and to continue working for the good of Mexico, and to continue meeting your campaign commitments”.