representation of the President, Enrique Peña Nieto, the Secretary of Economy,
Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, opened the XXXI International Mining Convention
in the port of Acapulco.
They were present
the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán;
the Governor of the state of Guerrero, Salvador Rogelio Ortega Martínez; the
Chairman of the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX, by its initials in Spanish),
Daniel Chávez Carreón; the General Mining Coordinator of the Secretariat of
Economy (SE, by its initials in Spanish), Mario Alfonso Cantú Suárez; the
General Coordinator of Delegations of the SE, Jorge Cantú Valderrama; as well
as the ambassadors in Mexico, of Australia and Canada, Tim George and Pierre
Alarie, respectively. They also were attending impresarios of the mining sector
of at least 20 countries.
In the event,
Guajardo Villarreal, who led the delivery of the national awards of the
Association of Mining Engineers, Metallurgical and Geologists of Mexico, A.C.
(AIMMGM, by its initials in Spanish), and the Silver Helmets of CAMIMEX, said
that: "Today, Mexico is in the first places in the world, in a dozen of
products from the Mexican mining sector; the investment flows in a major way;
only in 2014, we had five billion dollar in investment. Mexico attracted 7
percent of the investment in exploration that took place in the world”.
The Head of the
Secretariat of Economy stressed that Mexico is still a reliable place to
He stressed that
the presidential instruction is to have a liable dialogue with this sector so
fundamental for the development of Mexico.
The Secretary of
Economy said that in the environmental field, the mining also have a large task
ahead for, without sacrificing productivity, meet with the standards of
environmental protection which are increasingly demanding worldwide.
He said that
"we are committed to continue with these actions, so that the Mexican
mines remain attractive for investment and a source of employment and
prosperity for more than 350 million Mexicans working in this sector”.
He stressed the
importance of ensuring that the mining development is also reflected in the
growth and prosperity of the communities that host them. "This is why
under the leadership of the Secretariat of Agrarian, Land and Urban
Development, we are working on the creation of the State Committees for the Regional
Development of the Mining Areas" he said.
He said that last
September 24 "we launched in Zacatecas, the first one of 25 such
committees that will be responsible for approving the projects of
infrastructure with the resources of the Mining Fund. They are already
established, in addition to Zacatecas, those of Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila,
Sonora and Hidalgo".
Along with the
Governor Ortega Martínez, the Secretary of Economy opened the Mining Expo and
made a tour through it in which machinery, equipment and services for mining on
an area over 22 thousand square meters is displayed.
For his part, the
Head of SEMARNAT noted that the Secretariat in his charge have the mission of
"being a facilitator so the mining projects that ensure the environment
are carried out satisfactorily”.
Cortés, President of the National Executive Council (CDN, by its initials in
Spanish) of the AIMMGM, said that this convention is a sign of the strength of
the Mexican Mining, which is strengthened and with the support of the policies
implemented by the SE as one of the main engines of the country.
Luis Felipe Medina
Aguirre, General Coordinator of the Organizing Committee of the Convention,
said that today starts one of the most important events, and aims to continue promoting
the mining industry in and out of Mexico, through the exchange of experiences
Mining is essential
in creating wealth. It generates 340,000 direct jobs in Mexico and more than
two million indirect, which are permanent, so it offers a better quality of
life for those who are living in communities that develop this activity.
At the opening of
the XXXI International Mining Convention were present the Delegate of the SE in
the state, Álvaro Burgos Barrera; and the Mayor of Acapulco, Evodio Velázquez