• This government has decided to act responsibly towards the global environment of high volatility, risk aversion, to ensure that Mexico remains a reliable, attractive destination, he said.


  • He acknowledged the contribution of radio and television entrepreneurs to Mexico’s goal of consolidating itself as a great nation.


  • You are key players in building the democratic Mexico we have been consolidating as a society. Without you, this would not have been possible, he said.


  • He led the "57th Week of Radio and Television: Guaranteeing Freedom of Expression.”



President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that his government, “Is contributing to ensuring that Mexico continues on the path to greater development, progress and opportunities for Mexican families.”


“This government has decided to act responsibly towards the global environment of high volatility, risk aversion, to ensure that Mexico remains a reliable, attractive destination and most importantly: to maintain its economic stability for the benefit of Mexican families,” he said.


He said that his administration, “Has shown responsible behavior, which the world is appreciating, and we hope that society itself will play an active part in believing and having faith and confidence in our strengths” as a country.


In the “57th Week of Radio and Television: Guaranteeing Freedom of Expression,” organized by the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT), the president acknowledged the contribution of this industry to the important goal of ensuring that, “Mexico continues to consolidate itself as a great nation on the basis of what has been achieved, but above all, the great promising and hopeful future that can be envisaged in the medium and long term.”


He told Mexico’s radio and television concessionaires and entrepreneurs, “You are key players in building the democratic Mexico we have been consolidating as a society. Without you it would not have been possible; you are the permanent link between society and the various governments in different levels.”


He also thanked them, “For supporting the work they were instructed to carry out by the government and for heeding government orders regarding the warning of the imminent presence of Patricia, a hurricane of enormous magnitude.


He noted that the radio and television industry have played a key role in the evolution of the country. Sometimes, he said, “Societies fail to sufficiently appreciate the change in our country has experienced, perhaps because part of that society has not seen or experienced other moments of great political or social upheaval; major economic upheaval. When that does not happen, they do not appreciate, value or recognize how Mexico has changed positively.” He stressed that, “The world appreciates and recognizes the changes Mexico has experienced in recent years.”


President Peña Nieto made a comparison of the conditions in Mexico three decades ago and in the present, in different areas. He said that in the 80s, our country had almost half of the population it has today: “Then, there were 67 million of us; and nowadays, the population stands at nearly 121 million.” He noted that the economically active population has also doubled: “35 years ago,  it totaled 22 million; now it stands at 53 million.”


He said that changes have also been recorded in education in the past 30 years. “The majority of the population had an average of 3.4 years of study; today the average is 9.2 years.”


The president said that the institutional evolution of Mexico means that in the country, we now have, “More transparent elections; We have electoral bodies, the INE; before there was an autonomous authority but it was part of the government.”


He said that in 1982, the representation of parties other than the PRI was just 25 percent in the Chamber of Deputies. “Today, by contrast, 58 percent of the current Legislative Session belongs to different parties from the PRI. That is a change that has allowed us to achieve greater openness, diversity and democratic plurality.”


He recalled that in 2000, “We experienced the first power-switching, after having experienced the government of a virtually hegemonic party.” Now, he added, “A second democratic transition has taken place in 2012.”


The president noted that, “Our economy depended mainly on the exports of raw materials, especially oil and mining products.” Today, he continued, “Mexico is one of the five most open economies in the world: over 63 percent of the wealth we generate as a country depends on exports, in contrast to what we did before; we exported mainly oil, mining products, and the contribution of these exports created the most wealth.”


He also recalled that 30 years ago our trade with the United States, “Stood at just $33 billion USD; today it is $534 billion USD, i.e. 16 times more. In short, we trade a million dollars every minute on average.”


President Peña Nieto said that, “The structural reforms, particularly those affecting the economy, are showing clear signs of benefits for Mexican society:  “Electricity rates, the price of mobile telephony, fixed telephony have been reduced.”


He added: “Today we are building infrastructure to transport one of the basic and important inputs of all industries, natural gas, throughout the country.” By the end of this Administration, all the states will be connected to the gas pipeline network covering the country, because this government is making a significant investment to increase the network of gas pipelines in our country by 83 per cent.


At the event, the President presented the CIRT Antenna Award to:


  • José Luis Gonzalez, for Achievement in Radio.
  • Lolita Ayala and Edith González, for Achievement in Television.
  • To the Society of Authors and Composers, chaired by Armando Manzanero, for Artistic Merit.
  • To Grupo Radio Centro and TV Azteca, for Social Service.
  • To Francisco Ibarra Lopez, of Grupo ACIR, he presented a Special Award for his career.




Edgar Pereda Gomez, Chairman of the Board of the CIRT, said that radio and television industrialists, “Are responsible entrepreneurs,” with a great social sense, in which ideas and freedoms converge and, above all, “A great love for Mexico.”


He said that as regards the future, “We all have a responsibility to meet our commitments to Mexico,”  and urged CIRT members to, “Keep working, making history and promoting harmony among Mexicans in order to strengthen values that will allow us to continue serving the country.”


He noted that radio and television drive innovation, and stated that, “Today we communicate and obtain information more easily. Our obligation is to inform, entertain and join the efforts to prevent disasters and support the population in favor of those who see and listen to us.”


He expressed the respect and full recognition of broadcasters to the reforms promoted by the government said, “They are driving modernization and comprehensive development in Mexico.”


These reforms, he said, “Allow structural changes to promote competitiveness, productivity and inclusive growth. Reforms such as Education Reform have provided the bases for building the foundation for, streamlining and strengthening the guidance of the state in education.”


The president  led the "57th Week of Radio and Television: Guaranteing Freedom of Expression.”