On Mexico Issue 68

Rodolfo Ramirez:

“Mexico is becoming a country where more and more businessmen and executives from other countries are coming to establish and expand their business.Therefore, an Innovation Center will help their creativity. We want meetings, events and forums to happen in this space and change the way of thinking and innovating in Mexico and the rest of the region.”
Rodolfo Ramirez, CEO, Redbox Mexico 

Carlos Serrano:

“Remittances coming to Mexico could improve between 5% and 6% in 2014 during the year. The reactivation of remittances flow is mainly due to a rebound after the 2009 crisis by the production sectors with the largest concentration of Mexican employees, including commerce, lodging and leisure, manufactures and construction.”
Carlos Serrano, Chief Economist for Mexico, BBVA Research

Sergio Sarmiento:

“Pretending that allowing private investment in energy means giving petroleum away makes no sense. Every country in the world has that kind of investment and benefits from it. The Energy Reform, as a matter of fact, is quite modest. Even with such Reform, Mexico will still have one of the closest regimes in the world on oil and electric power.”
Sergio Sarmiento, Journalist and Writer

Jose Narro:

“We are a University that does not merely ask, but we also give to society systematically things produced with the work of the members of the University, not just with the students’ fees. UNAM gets its budget, thanks to its coverage which is equivalent to the fees of one or several universities, to invest in the quality of its researchers, cultural expressions and make a contribution to the solution of nationwide issues.”
Jose Narro, Dean, UNAM

Edmilson Moutinho:

“Mexico’s competition against Brazil will take place even in the areas considered to givethe smallest profitability, such as the shale gas reserves. Mexico already has import channels with the United States and the entrance of U.S. investment will be fast, even if the results are not so profitable. Right next door Mexico has capital that is not coming to Brazil.”
Edmilson Moutinho, Economist and Professor of the Energy Program at the University of São Paulo 

Jose Luis Garza:

“The longer they take to announce the details of the Mexico City International Airport expansion and to start work, the more it will affect industry. It is good news that someone in the Federal Government is discussing this again, but we have to see the capacity to carry it through.”
Jose Luis Garza, CEO, Interjet, one of the main airlines users of MCIA

Eloy Cantu:

“The recently approved Energy Reform is a responsible reform because it aims to finance the industry’s development without risking Mexico’s economy and also because it seriously considers the development of this and future generations.”
Eloy Cantu, Congressman, Political party of the PRI 

John Rice:

“The actual impact brought by NAFTA to Mexico and the U.S.must be clearly established, and the truth is the advantages make too long a list. In the case of GE we have even created an export platform to third countries. This is because a supplies-production synergy between both products was created and this is something that increased competitiveness.”
John Rice, Vice-president, GE

Emilio Chuayffet:

“Just like the 1917 Constituent Congress created the right to public schools, the current Education Reform will guarantee quality in public education. The Reform of Education is being implemented nowadays, not without problems as we all know, but you know better than me that changing and improving things always implies solving difficult issues and overcoming obstacles.”
Emilio Chuayffet, Minister of Education

Enrique Peña Nieto:

“I am firmly convinced of the transcendence of this reform, practically closing a year that has stood out for the construction of a new institutional framework…which is really a new legal structure in areas that are essential for the country’s development. CertainlyEducation, Telecommunications, taxing and financial subjects and this one (Energy Reform) are of the greatest relevance and transcendence.”
Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico

Roberta Jacobson:

“We congratulate the Mexican people for this change and we are very interested in continuingto see the development of this policy next year. These are reforms that have been discussed in Mexico for almost 20 yearsand we have seen that all these changes are very important things for Mexico.”
Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Jean-Marc Etlin:

“In terms of reforms, of medium and long term vision, what is being discussed in Mexico is very interesting and brings huge investment possibilities. The structural reforms started by Mexico open business and investment opportunities and the possibility that Mexico will undergo a transformation similar to Brazil’s.”
Jean-Marc Etlin, Executive Vice-president, Itaú BBA Brazilian Bank