Mexico at Peace

Today, violence in Mexico is declining.

-According to INEGI, in 2014, the number of homicides was 24.3% lower than in 2012 and 27.7% lower than in 2011.

-Thus, the homicide rate per 100,000 residents has fallen from 22.1 in 2012 to 16.4 in 2014.

Most high-impact crimes have also decreased.

-According to the National System of Public Security, in 2014, the Total Crime Rate in the Common Law Courts for every 100 thousand inhabitants was 1,328, the second lowest rate in the past 17 years.

-Between 2012 and 2014, robbery fell by 13.6% while extortion rates declined by 20.7%.

-Kidnapping rose between 2012 and 2013, which led us to establish the National Anti-Kidnapping Strategy. As a result, during the first seven months of 2015, reports of kidnapping fell by 30.1% in comparison with the same period in 2014.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Security Cabinet agencies, 92 of the 122 most dangerous criminals no longer pose a threat to society.

According to the National Public Security System, in municipalities with over 100,000 inhabitants where prevention efforts are in place, homicides have fallen by 35%, in other words, four times more than in other municipalities where the program has yet to be implemented.

The new Criminal Justice System is already partially operating in 25 states and fully operational in six.

-At the federal level, this new system is already in place in eight states and it is estimated that by the end of the year, it will be operating in 14.

Inclusive Mexico

The National Crusade against Hunger benefits 4.5 million people through various actions, including over 7,800 community kitchens.

-According to the Report on Interim Results produced by CONEVAL, from 2013 to 2015, all forms of social deprivation among the program’s beneficiaries included in the study declined.

-Thus, 57.5% of them overcame food shortages, while the number of people without access to health services fell to less than one-third, from 32.9% to just 9.2%.

Social programs have been strengthened and transformed.

-LICONSA expanded its coverage to the countryside and now has another 1,600 dairies, while the number of DICONSA stores increased by 1,900.
-As a result of the Without Hunger Food Support Card, more than 731,000 families can purchase 19 basic products at a discount.

-OPORTUNIDADES became the PROSPERA Social Inclusion Program, which now supports 6.1 million families.

CONEVAL’s Measurement of Poverty in Mexico 2014 reported that 100,000 Mexicans overcame extreme poverty.

-There are fewer people in extreme poverty in 20 states, particularly Guerrero, where numbers fell by 22.7%.

We support the everyday efforts of women who contribute to the progress of their families, their communities and their country.

-The children of 5.7 million women are protected through the Life Insurance Scheme for Female Heads of Household.

PROSPERA and the National Crusade against Hunger supports 1.5 million indigenous families.

-Support is provided to 75,000 indigenous children and young people to enable them to continue their studies.

-Likewise, 14,000 productive projects for 186,000 indigenous people have been supported.

Mexico values the efforts of its elders.

-The Senior Citizens’ Pension Program has 5.5 million beneficiaries, 2.5 million more than in 2012.

We are committed to children’s health and development.

-In 2014, 97.8% vaccination coverage against measles, mumps and rubella was achieved among one-year-old infants (compared with 86.8% in 2012).

-5.5 million Human Papillomavirus Vaccinations have been applied, protecting over 90% of 11-year-old girls.

We work so that more Mexicans can have access to public health services.

-The number of Popular Insurance Scheme affiliates exceeds 57 million; 4.4 more than at the beginning of this administration.

-Over 500 hospital units and more than 2,500 outpatient units have been built, completed or modernized.

So far during this administration, the new National Housing Policy has permitted the construction of 868,500 homes across the country.

-The sector has obviously recovered: 304,900 houses were built in 2013 as opposed to 413,800 in 2014, equivalent to a 35.7% increase.

-As a result of this policy, 2.9 million families have received funding and subsidies to purchase a new or used home, or even to improve it.

Mexico with Quality Education

Through the implementation of Education Reform, thousands of people have expressed their desire to become teachers.

-To date, 332,000 have taken the entrance examinations.

-Similarly, 46,500 in-service teachers have actively participated in the Promotion Contests.

As a result of the Education Reform Program, over 7.5 billion pesos have been channeled into 20,000 schools.

-At the close of 2015, the Decent Schools Program will have improved the facilities of 15,800 schools, a third of which in indigenous communities.

-Full-time schools have more than tripled in this administration ─from 6,708 to 23,182 and over half provide meals for students.

-We are dealing firmly with the challenge of digital literacy. Nearly one million laptops and tablets have been delivered to children and teachers in 5th grade.

In Elementary Education, 5.2 million grants were awarded during the past school year.

Secondary Education serves 5 million students, meaning that coverage has increased 8.6 percentage points during this administration to 74.5%.

-Today, half the young people enrolled in public institutions at this level have grants.

In Higher Education, coverage rose to 34.1%, meaning that there are 270,000 more students.

Expenditure on Scientific and Experimental Research ─both public and private─has increased by 32.7% in real terms in comparison with 2012.

-Public investment in these areas has reached a record high this year: 87.399 billion pesos.

Mexico with Global Responsibility

In three years, working trips were paid to 28 countries and 81 visits from Heads of State and Government were received. The main progress includes the following:

-With the United States we are building a multi-thematic relationship, with progress in the economic, energy and academic fields.

-We have deepened our economic, cultural and diplomatic relations with the Pacific Alliance countries.

-The FTA with Panama came into force on July 1.

-16 agreements were signed with the United Kingdom.

-112 bilateral agreements were signed with France.

-We have intensified our bilateral dialogue with Korea, China and Japan, opening up new opportunities for cooperation, trade and investment.

Prosperous Mexico

Thanks to the commitment of millions of Mexicans, tax revenue rose by 186 billion pesos in 2014.

-During the first half of 2015, tax revenue reached a new record high of 13.6% of GDP. In other words, 5.2 percentage points higher than in 2012.

In the first half of 2015, oil revenues accounted for only 18.6% of total government revenue.

-This contrasts with the nearly 40% registered in 2012.

Today, Mexico has 49.6 million taxpayers. In other words, 11.2 million more than at the beginning of December 2012.

Through the Let’s Grow Together Strategy, 4.4 million small taxpayers now form part of the Tax Incorporation Regime.

These and other measures for the benefit of the formal economy have not only curbed the upward trend in the Informal Employment Rate but actually reduced it by 1.6 percentage points during this Administration, according to INEGI.

In July, the unemployment rate stood at 4.7% of the Economically Active Population. making it the lowest for the month of July since 2008.

-There are already 3.6 million Mexicans who have found jobs thanks to the National Employment Service, and there have been no federal strikes for 22 months.

Domestic financing of the private sector increased from 25.7% of GDP in 2012 to 30.6% in June 2015.

-As regards personal loans, from December 2013 to June 2015, average interest rates fell by 10.8 percentage points.

-In 2014, direct credit together with loans promoted by Development Bank of MDP stood at 1.2 million; 31.3% more than at the end of 2012.

40,000 entrepreneurs under 30 have enrolled in the Youth Credit Program to finance their projects.

Since the entry into force of the secondary legislation of the Telecommunications Reform, to date, the cost of fixed local telephony service has fallen by 4.2%.

-The cost of mobile telephony has declined by 12.4% and that of international long distance calls by 40.7%.

-This year, domestic long distance call charges were eliminated. Now, all the calls within the country cost the same as a local call.

Nowadays, Mexicans─particularly young people─have more than 65,000 public spaces, offering high-speed Internet free of charge.

-From 2012 to 2014, access to wireless high-speed Internet practically doubled, reaching 43 subscribers for every 100 inhabitants.

-To receive the digital television signal, 5.3 million flat screens were delivered to as many families.

Thanks to Energy Reform, PEMEX was transformed from a semi-state company to a State Productive Company.

-Partnerships with the private sector have enabled the start of operations of six new pipelines, increasing the national network of natural gas transportation by over 1,100 kilometers.

-“Round One” is currently operating and in its first call for bids, it awarded two contracts for shallow water drilling.

As a result of actions to increase its efficiency and the use of lower-cost fuels, CFE has been able to reduce electricity rates.

-For low-consumption households-where rates rose 4% each year ─rates fell by 2% in 2015, compared to December 2014.

-Power rates in September of this year have fallen by 8% for high consumption households, up to 18% for businesses, and up to 30% for industry compared with last year.

Through major public works and infrastructure projects, Mexico has established itself as a world-class productive platform.

-During this Administration, 17,000 kilometers of roads, highways and rural roads have been built and modernized including 17 highways with a total length exceeding one thousand kilometers.

Through 3,200 water projects, 2.8 million new users have gained access to potable water service.

-A total of 2.9 million new sewage service users were served through 1,600 public works and actions, achieving 91% coverage.

-A total of 81 water purification and 259 treatment plants and 141 dams have been built, rehabilitated and put into operation.

Agriculture has become one of the most dynamic sectors in the country in recent years.

-According to INEGI figures, the primary sector grew by 3.2% in 2014; and in the first half of 2015, its growth increased to an annual rate of 4.5%.

-Last year, the agricultural and fishery exports exceeded $12.1 billion USD; 11.6% more than in 2012.

-PROCAMPO became Productive PROAGRO. This new program supports 2.3 million producers.

As creators of employment and innovation, the country’s entrepreneurs and MSMEs enjoy the government’s support.

-From January 2013 to July 2015, through INADEM, over 9.8 billion pesos have been allocated to support 575,000 MSMEs and over 932,000 entrepreneurs.

Mexico is establishing itself as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, returning to the group of 10 top tourist destinations.

-2014 was a record year: 29.3 million international tourists came to Mexico; 25.4% more than in 2012.
-In the first half of 2015, 7.6% more tourists arrived than during the same period in 2014.
-Foreign exchange earnings from international visitors posted record figures in 2014. In total, they exceeded 16.2 billion pesos, 27.2% more than in 2012.

We promote sustainable, green economic growth.

-More than 405,000 hectares throughout the country have been reforested and given support for tree-planting actions in 565,000 hectares.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development rates Mexico the 9th most attractive and reliable country in the world for foreign direct investment in the coming years.

-In the first two and a half years of this administration, over $82.7 billion USD have been received in FDI. This amount is 38% higher than the comparable data for the same period in the previous administration.

During the first half of 2015, Gross Domestic Product grew at an annual rate of 2.4%.

-Excluding the activities most closely linked to the oil sector, this increase stood at 3.2%.

In the first five months of this year, private consumption grew by 3.1% compared with the same period in 2014.

-Consumption of goods produced in the country rose by 4.2% annually.

-An annual comparison showed that Retail Sales rose 5.4% in June, while Wholesale Sales increased by 11.8%.

-Consistent with the above, the National Association of Supermarkets and Department reported that sales in July rose by an annual rate of 6.8%.

-In the first 8 months of this year, 832,000 vehicles have been sold on the domestic market. This figure is 34% higher than that for the same period in 2012.

According to INEGI, in July, annual inflation was 2.74%, the lowest for the month of July in the past 45 years.

IMSS data report that during that same month, formal employment grew at an annual rate of 4.4%.

-Thus, 1,424,000 formal jobs have been created during this administration, the highest figure for the first half of the past four federal administrations.

The dynamism of the domestic market is also reflected in other economic activity indicators: in the first six months of this year, construction grew by 3.6%; and trade by 4.5%. Moreover, during the first 5 months, gross fixed investment increased by 4.7% over the same period last year.