- Ildefonso Guajardo
Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, and business leaders, reported the results.
a joint press conference, the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo
Villarreal, and business leaders took stock in the economic sphere of the
recent tour of President Enrique Peña Nieto, to the Arabian Peninsula, which
included state visits to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar;
apart from Davos, Switzerland.
Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo recalled that the last time a Mexican president
was in the Arab world was 40 years ago, and only visiting two countries: Kuwait
and Saudi Arabia. He added that this was the first time a Mexican president
visited Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
underlined that with these countries "we have an estimate trade by two
billion dollars, which is mainly focused on automotive exports, some appliances
and electronic products and also certainly, and importantly, on steel products,
and those of the gas and oil industries."
this context”, he pursued, “the Secretary of Economy, in this accompaniment
that makes the President of the Mexican Republic, placed some special emphasis
on consolidating some cases of negotiation as the Agreements for the Promotion
and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (BITs) which they help to give legal
certainty to promote the investment in Mexico from the Arab funds that are very
important; and also to the Mexican investors who are already emerging
investment activities but now with presence in the Arab world”.
also informed that within the framework of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in
Davos, President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, met with the President of
Switzerland, Johann Schneider-Ammann, and with representatives of the European
Free Trade Association (EFTA, by its initials in English), to witness and
attest to the modernization and deepening of free trade that Mexico has with
its member countries; that is parallel to that soon will begin the
modernization of the Agreement with the European Union.
Pablo Castañón, President of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE, by its
initials in Spanish), said that the tour of the four countries was particularly
successful and opens up considerable potential for Mexico and its companies.
added that "we returned to Mexico with some major prospects in areas such
as energy and food, but also tourism, education and research, and
culture"; plus the readiness of the local authorities to provide essential
processes for entering their markets as the Halal food certification”.
he said, "opportunities for Mexican companies were opened during our visit
so that they can be providers of products and services for the organization of
the World Cup 2022 to be held in Qatar."
Herrera Vega, president of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of the
United Mexican States (CONCAMIN, by its initials in Spanish), said that the
tour, from the perspective of the industry, "opens doors to strengthen
ties with these countries and increase trade and explore opportunities for the national
stressed that "it was a very successful tour; we have open doors and from
the industrial sector we will capitalize it."
Grayeb, President of the National Agricultural Council (CNA), explained the times
the sector will work to export products to the region.
explained that in the short term, all kinds of canned, canned fruits, dairy
preparations are already being sent; everything that´s being processed except
meat. “In the medium term”, he said, “will include all perishable fruits,
vegetables and legumes”.
the long term, according to the Halal certification which establishes requirements
mainly in sacrifice of live animals; meat of sheep, cattle and poultry are
included. “In this regard”, he indicated, “we have already started working with
the Secretariat of Economy, ProMéxico and the CNA in order to make this happen
as soon as possible”.
he pointed out, "as we are with this certification we can send frozen meat,
and that is going to become a very important market."
Flores Ayala, Institutional Director of both the Affairs of Tenaris-Tamsa International
Trade and of the National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry (CANACERO, by
its initials in Spanish),said that a contract of export of sophisticated pipe
for gas fields and tubing for the oil industry (in Kuwait) was sucessfully
close. "The value of this operation covers at the earliest two years, 2016
and 2017, and is worth over 150 million dollars."
Gallardo Thurlow, from the Cultiba Organization, said that some previous work had
been done with the countries visited and were also identified areas with many
resources and opportunities; given some follow-up was an element of enormous
was confident that "we will be able to build a team that will really give
a precise follow up to the negotiations, which is the commitment of both the
private and the public sectors".