Despite the violence and turmoil that the situation with the 43 missing students has generated in the country, President Peña Nieto began his official visit to China on Tuesday November 11th, leaving behind a shocked and angry nation.
“Mexico is deeply interested in attracting Chinese investment to create more employment opportunities and new infrastructure projects”, said President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday.
In an interview published by China Economic Daily, the president said Mexico offers a wide array of investment opportunities due to the country’s position in the global economy and his network of commercial treaties. Mexico also has a comprehensive reform plan and a large-scale infrastructure plan.
Peña Nieto said that he agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping to create a High-Level Working Group on Investment.
Its goal is to identify and promote specific investment projects. The work, established in August last year, has worked in conjunction with the Bilateral Investment Fund and other ambitious infrastructure and industrial programs, he said.
In 2013, 60,000 Chinese tourists visited Mexico, which represents a 27 percent increase in comparison to 2012.
“This is the reason why tourism is a key point in the agenda to strengthen our economic cooperation,” Peña Nieto said.
In order to reinforce the bilateral relationship, both countries have made the commitment of working together to increase the flow of tourists from Mexico to China and vice versa, he added.
Regarding the president’s expectations about the 25th Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, he said that the gathering is an opportunity to strengthen regional economic cooperation and promoting global trade.
“Mexico also expects APEC to continue supporting the region’s value chains and allow more participation from small and medium enterprises,” Peña Nieto said.
The Mexican government is committed to regional economic integration, improving connectivity and infrastructure, as well as encouraging innovation, he said. These will be matters discussed by the 21 countries forming APEC.
“I trust that negotiations will result in concrete agreements and substantial progress,” Peña Nieto said.
He added that Mexico has a lot of respect for the reforms China has implemented.
Peña Nieto attends APEC Meeting
As part of his visit to China, President Enrique Peña Nieto participated in the 22nd Reunion of Economic Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.
After a private meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Peña Nieto also met with National Popular Assembly Permanent Committee President Zhang Dejiang.
For his meeting with the Chinese prime minister the president was joined by the secretaries of economy, agriculture, communications and transportation, tourism as well as other Mexican officials.
The president participated in the first conference, titled “Advancing with Regional Economic Integration.”
Peña Nieto also participated in the APEC Leaders Lunch, titled “Strengthening Integral Connectivity and Development in Infrastructure” and a second conference with the theme of “Promoting Innovative Development, Economic Reform and Growth.”
Furthermore, the president participated in the traditional Economic Leaders’ Tree Planting Ceremony.
While in China, Peña Nieto also had a private meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
On Wednesday the president will be in Shanghai for a series of meetings with Chinese business leaders with the objective to pursue opportunities for the economic development and growth of Mexico.
Peña Nieto will spend Thursday and Friday touring the People’s Republic of China.
Source: The News
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