The Cartagena Summit addressed the issues of "Youth, Entrepreneurship and Education" and assessed the progress made since the last Summit, held in Veracruz in 2014.

President Peña Nieto attended the meeting to renew Mexico’s commitment with this important group and to strengthen the ties of friendship with the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries. While in Cartagena, he also had a working lunch with Felipe VI, King of Spain.


President Peña Nieto attended the Discussion of Heads of State and Government at the 11th Ibero-American Business Congress, where three business executives—Bruce Mac Master, President of ANDI, the National Business Association of Colombia; Daniel Funes, International Organization of Employers (IOE) and Juan Rosell, Permanent Secretary of the Ibero-American Business Council—made recommendations to the Heads of State and Government. This was followed by the closing ceremony and an awards ceremony involving Felipe VI, King of Spain, and Rebeca Grynspan, Ibero-American Secretary General.


On the second day of activities, President Peña attended the installation ceremony of the 25th Ibero-American Summit, as well as the first working session.

The president also held bilateral meetings with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, and attended a meeting with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The official delegation that accompanied President Peña Nieto was composed of the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Economy, and the General Coordinator of Social Communication and Government Spokesman.

22 American and European countries are members of the group: Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The presidents adopted the following:

  • The Declaration of Cartagena
  • The Action Program, and
  • The Ibero-American Youth Pact,

in addition to special communiqués on various topics such as the economic, trade and financial blockade of Cuba and the commemoration of Iberoamerican figures such as Rubén Darío, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Garcilaso de la Vega.