Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, along with Hiroshi Shimizu, President and CEO of Honda Mexico; Tomomi Kosaka, President and CEO of Honda of America Manufacturing; and Miguel Márquez Márquez, Governor of Guanajuato, inaugurated the Honda transmission plant.

In the presence of executives of Honda, impresarios from the automotive sector and employees, the Secretary of Economy highlighted the confidence of this company, and stressed the vision of Honda because its decisions are aligned themselves to the great transformations of the chains of global integration as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

Guajardo Villarreal said that the NAFTA was the most important decision that a number of countries took for a commercial platform for the end of the twentieth century, and today, the TPP is putting Mexico to the forefront in the platforms of integration of the world.

The TPP will be a great model for those agreements which, henceforth, can be constructed in the international arena, he said.

He said that the alliance in North America grows stronger, strengthening the competitiveness and the integration of value chains; It is recognized that Asia is the continent with the highest growth globally, so with the TPP, the alliance with countries in this region, including Japan, expands itself.

Guajardo Villarreal said the pillar of logistics is the next challenge of competitiveness in the world, so the National Infrastructure Project is on its way to make modifications so that Mexico continues its expansion.

Hiroshi Shimizu, president of Honda Mexico, said that this plant contributes to the growth and investment, making real products made in Mexico.

He said that they are proud to boost the economic development of the country, through the technological development, job growth and exports. "The goal is to continue taking root in Mexico," he said.

For his part, Miguel Márquez Márquez, Governor of the State of Guanajuato, said that the automotive sector has increased over last year, proving to be in the right path.

He stressed that the investments of Honda allow to create a real industrial hub and of development in the country and in this region, which has been achieved by the joint work between the three levels of government.

In the event, in which Ismael Pérez Ordaz, Mayor of Celaya, Guanajuato, welcomed and stressed that with this new plant, the economic development of the region is strengthened; Akira Yamada, Ambassador of Japan in Mexico, said the installation of Japanese companies in this region is based on the confidence between Mexico and Japan.

The Secretary of Economy was accompanied by the General Coordinator of Delegations of the SE, Jorge Cantú Valderrama, and the Delegate of the dependence on the state, Alberto Bello Albo.

They also were present Miguel Valadez, President of the High Court of Justice, and Honda executives as Katsumi Endo, Vice President of Transmission Plant; José de J. Báez Muñoz, Vice President of Manufacturing; and Rafael Navarro, Director of Logistics.