The Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, participated in the "Meeting Ternium 2015: ProPYMES & Supplier Awards", where he said that the new industrial policy is having dialogues with all sectors of production and establishing competitive strategies to further advance its development.

In passing the keynote conference "Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: “Programs of Strategic Sectors and Regional Development", Guajardo Villarreal stated that such events can appreciate the impact of how public policies are beginning to have a specific and clear effect on the development of the productive chains.

In the presence of Máximo Vedoya Raimondi, CEO of Ternium Mexico, the Secretary of Economy said that, to potentiate the growth of the country has to ensure that exporters do not focus exclusively on large companies, but that the line of generation of value down to the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, which are those that generate jobs and products nationwide.

He stressed that Mexico is a winner nation in highly dynamic sectors such as aerospace and automotive, as well as segments of the metalworking and the electrical industry, but they only account for 33 percent of the national economy; while 67 percent are Micro, Small and Medium-sized businesses, in traditional areas with low levels of productivity.

He stressed that the Secretariat of Economy (SE) drives programs with 26 strategic sectors of the national industry, but, to be more competitive, the Small and Medium Enterprises have been considered, giving them the tools and conditions required to form chains of value.

"In the case of Ternium," he said, "the supports, both from the National Institute of Entrepreneur (INADEM, in Spanish) and the business sector, in order to boost the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, were achieved in 2014. What we are doing is capitalizing the resources granted by the Federal Government to conjoin with those projects that drive the social sector, academic and business organizations, to multiply them and that have more effectiveness".

He also expressed that this event, whose aim is to strengthen the supply chain to contribute to the development of the Mexican industrial fabric, through specific actions as the transfer of learning from large industries to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, “gives the momentum to move forward with the programs of the Secretariat of Economy that are benefiting the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

Meanwhile, Máximo Vedoya Raimondi emphasized that they are intended to enhance and create value in the supply chain, promoting the joint competitiveness of suppliers, customers and companies; he also recognized its commitment and continuing contribution to the value chain of the industry.

He noted that, through the ProPYMES program, Ternium Mexico has benefited more than 230 companies. Because of its methodology and impact, Ternium was selected as one of the projects to which the INADEM gave its recognition and support in order to impulse more Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (which are the engine of the national economy), during the 2014 financial year.

"We are convinced that Mexico has all the conditions for further development; we believe it has the conditions to become a global manufacturing platform in this region. I think we have to keep building together, the companies and the government, a platform that contributes to investment, to be modernized and trained, "he said.

The event was attended by Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, David Noel Ramírez Padilla and Antonio Dieck Assad, rectors of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL, in Spanish), the Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM, in Spanish) and the University of Monterrey (UDEM, in Spanish), respectively; and María de Lourdes Dieck Assad, Dean of the EGADE Business School, of the ITESM; Leopoldo Cedillo, chairman of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leún (CLAUT, in Spanish); and William Dillon Mountain, Director General of the Chamber of Industry and Transformation of Nuevo León (CAINTRA, in Spanish).

Finally, the Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal was accompanied by the General Coordinator of Federal Delegations, Jorge Cantú Valderrama; and the Delegate of the Secretariat of Economy in Nuevo León, Enrique Martínez y Morales.