Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, participated in Villahermosa, Tabasco, in the installation of the State Council of Energy. He also opened the flour plant "Maximasa" in the city of Campeche and held a meeting with local businessmen. The Head of economy was accompanied by Arturo Núñez Jiménez, Governor of Tabasco, and Fernando Ortega Bernés, Governor of Campeche.

After taking protest to the State Council for Energy, Guajardo Villarreal said that with this, the project of the National Energy Reform, led by President Enrique Peña Nieto, is formalized.

The Secretary of Economy pointed out that the Energy Reform opens the field of investment that is vital for the state of Tabasco and also opens the door to the competitiveness of the Mexican economy.

He explained that the Secretariat of Economy (SE) has the responsibility of promoting the productive value chains. And in that sense, he said that the entry into the energy sector is, simply, to capture what is the responsibility of the sector of economy.

He emphasized the partnership between the organizations and agencies with a very clear vision, setting priorities and defining the path forward.

For his part, the Governor Arturo Núñez Jiménez said that with this Council, the work of the quadruple helix that will coordinate the public, private and social sector, and the institutions of higher education to make their mark on all issues involving benefits of the Energy reform will be promoted.

Núñez Jiménez expressed the interest of the state administration to boost the energy sector from the design of coordinated and well-planned policies, with attention to the sustainability and the promotion of the environmental protection.

He stressed that the Government of Tabasco has worked with the Secretariat of Economy since the beginning of this administration, and he mentioned that they have received several visits to the state from agency officials. He said that now all efforts must be only coordinated and "link them to this new opportunity that the Energy Reform provides to a hydrocarbon producing area par excellence as Tabasco is".

Núñez Jiménez stressed that "Tabasco is challenged to seize the opportunities of the Energy Reform and those who we integrate this State Council, have full awareness of its importance".

This event was attended by the Government of Tabasco, the Secretary of Economic Development and Tourism, David Gustavo Rodríguez Rosario; the Secretary of Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Claudia Zenteno Ruiz; Pthe resident of the Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic in Tabasco (COPARMEX, by its initials in Spanish), Héctor Dagdug Rangel; and the Rector of the Polytechnic University of the Gulf of Mexico (UPGM, in Spanish), Eddy Arquímedes García Alcocer.

Later, in the city of Campeche, the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and the Governor Fernando Ortega Bernés inaugurated the company "Maximasa" which had an investment of over 170 million pesos and will generate about 400 direct and indirect jobs.

The Secretary Guajardo Villarreal said that the federal government is willing to inject resources to such projects because "the livelihood of the Mexican families is in the corn, is in the tortilla is in the food. This product is essential in the Mexican diet and is not subject to a fair competition”.

He added that in this project is implied to increase market strategy of the cornmeal. Therefore, it is necessary to encourage more companies like this, so that competition is increased.

For his part, Governor Fernando Ortega Bernés said the first stage of the corn flour company, Maximasa de la Península, is one of the projects that will leave him more satisfaction, because he could contribute and realize what began as a dream, marking the birth of a new era for the state.

Ortega Bernés said Campeche is a state with a natural vocation for exports, such as wood, gum and oil. He emphasized it is necessary the people of Campeche increase their capacity of argument because it has many strengths.

Expressing he is very pleased to realize this dream, he thanked all those who helped him do it, in particular the Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo by following the instructions of President Enrique Peña Nieto, to work with commitment to the industry and to the all small and medium-sized entrepreneurs.

Joseph Ganem Lang, Director General of Maximasa, said the company will have a capacity to process 36 000 tons of maize flour per year and will benefit over 690 producers in the region, as they will require the production of about eight thousand hectares of grass.

Earlier, the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and the Governor of Campeche, Fernando Ortega Bernés led the delivery of benefits to entrepreneurs of the "360 Grades SMEs" and they held a working meeting with local businessmen.

"360 Grades SMEs" is a program undertaken by the Government of Campeche, recognized by the National Institute of Entrepreneur (INADEM, by its initials in Spanish), which has been implemented in various institutions and in Latin America, with which it seeks to meet the entrepreneurs in an integrated way in order to build their businesses.

The Secretary of Economy was accompanied by the General Coordinator of Federal Delegations of the Secretariat of Economy, Jorge Cantú Valderrama; as well as the delegates from the federal agency in both entities, Leopoldo Diaz Aldecoa and José Ermilo Ortegón Cabrera.

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