NESTLÉ GROUP MÉXICO BECOMES THE FIRST FOOD ENTERPRISE MAKING THE USE OF WIND POWER IN THE COUNTRY

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Press Release No. 210/12
México, D.F., September the 13th 2012

 

Nestlé Group México strengthens its leadership in sustainability announcing that today 85% of its electric power requirements are provided by renewable energy.

With this action, we reduce carbon dioxide emissions on the environment equal to taking out of circulation 39,000 cars a year.

Nestlé Group México, a leader enterprise in the Nutrition, Health and Welfare fields, is at the forefront in taking advantage of renewable energetic resources being the first enterprise in the food industry in Mexico to obtain 85 percent of the electric power requirements from its factories in the country, through the supply of the greatest part of wind power generated at the park Bii Nee Stipa II located in the area known as La Ventosa, in the Istmo de Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca.

“We at Nestlé Group México are very proud to communicate that the commitment we made a year ago, today is a reality, as 85 percent of our electric power requirements come from a very clean and renewable source, as only the wind can be. We know we are the first food enterprise taking advantage of this valuable resource the country is rich of, but we are sure that more enterprises from every industry will join this kind of actions each day, because its’ a priority in benefit of our planer”, said Marcelo Melchior, Nestlé Group México’s Administration’s CEO and Chairman of the Board.

“Wind Power usage from Nestlé’s side, comes from the “La Ventosa” area in the Istmo de Tehuantepec, this is a clear simple of its global leadership, its compromise with the environment and with the efforts done in México in order to advance towards a more competitive economy and a greener growth. Just as it can be seen nowadays, and due to the potential our country has for the generation of Wind Power, it is clear México has the capability to become a global leader in the production of clean power. To achieve this, we will keep pushing the use of these power sources and doing the necessary actions to promote the investments in renewable energies in our country, countersigning this way President Felipe Calderón’s compromise, which is, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fighting Climatic Changes”, commented Bruno Ferrari, Minister of Economy.

“Enel Green Power’s total investment for the realization of Bee Nee Stipa II sum around 160 million dollars, we consider this a strategic achievement in our wind development plans in México, country where we already successfully work at hydroelectric plants and a photovoltaic solar plant,” said Nicola Melchiotti, Enel Green Power Mexico and Central America’s CEO, subsidiary of the Italian Group Enel and global leader in operation and development of renewable plants, operated by the wind park Bii Nee Stipa II.

Wind park Bii Nee Stipa II (in Zapoteco language, wind that brings strength), located at “La Ventosa”, Oaxaca, has 37 wind turbines, each with a capability of 2 Megawatts, providing it with an installed capability of 74 Megawatts, which allows it to reproduce 250,000 Megawatts-annual hours of clean power.

With the start of this plant’s supply last July, Nestlé Group México stopped releasing more than 124,000 CO2 tons to the environment per year, which equals taking out of circulation 39,000 compact cars annually.

Nestlé Group México’s announcement contributes to the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All objective, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, consisting in strengthening people’s conscience on the importance of increasing the sustainable access to energy, energetic efficiency and renewable energy, to have a positive impact on productivity, health, education, climatic changes, food and water reliability as well as the communication services.

Finally, this event joins the sixth phase in the campaign “Con Nestlé, Cuidarse es Disfrutar” (To take care of yourself means to enjoy), including various actions in benefit of Mexican families’ Nutrition, Health and Welfare. Nestlé Group México will keep establishing the use of new technologies for the efficient use of natural resources in the 14 factories across the country.

Nestlé is the world leader enterprise in Nutrition, Health and Welfare issues. It employs more than 328,000 people in 461 factories, located in 83 countries and its products are sold everywhere. With more than 80 years in Mexico, Nestlé is also the leader Enterprise in Nutrition, Health and Welfare in the country, backed by 32 global research facilities, 14 factories and 16 distribution centers in 17 states, in which more than 6,500 direct employments are generated. Nestlé sustains its Shared Value Creation strategy by generating concrete benefits for the Mexican society, promoting the quality of its food products and basing its growth on the impulse to Nutrition, Health and Welfare with products made for each stage of life as well as taking care of its different aged consumers. Visit: www.Nestlé.com.mx.

Carlos Guzmán, ProMéxico CEO and Nicola Melchiotti, Enel Green Power Mexico and Central America’s CEO also assisted to this announcement.

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Pacific Alliance Council of Ministers Meets in Mexico

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Joint Communication MFA-ME
Press Release No 199/12
Mexico City, August 29, 2012

 

The First Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance was held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Mexico City. Chancellor Patricia Espinosa and Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari met with foreign affairs and trade ministers from Chile, Colombia and Peru.

The Ministers were informed of the results of the 7th Meeting of the High Level Group held on August 23 and 24 in Puerto Varas, Chile and reviewed the progress of the Technical Groups towards achieving the commitments agreed in the IV Pacific Alliance Summit held earlier this year in Paranal, Chile.

The Council moved forward in defining the technical aspects of the initiative. It also opened a forum with Tourism leaders from member countries who signed a Cooperation Agreement to promote tourist flows and activities between countries. 

The Meeting also installed the Business Council of the Pacific Alliance and witnessed the signing of the Council's Articles of Agreement. The Business Council is made up of 14 senior business people from the four nations and seeks to further integration from the private sector.

The Third Meeting of the Promotion Agencies of the Pacific Alliance (Proexport of Colombia, ProChile, ProMéxico and Promperú) was also held.

Luis Téllez, president of the Mexican Stock Exchange, presented a report to the Council of Ministers on the headway made on Mexico's eventual participation in the Latin American Integrated Market (Mercado Integrado Latinoamericano, MILA), currently involving Chile, Colombia and Peru.

The meeting ended with the launch of the gastronomy fair "Flavors of the Pacific Alliance", in Mexico City's Hilton Hotel. For the next ten days visitors will be able to sample the culinary creations of renowned chefs from the four countries.

The Pacific Alliance is a process of deep integration whose objectives are to build an area of regional integration which moves progressively towards the full freedom of movement of goods, services, capital and people; to promote the growth, development and competitiveness of member economies and become a world platform for advancement towards Asia-Pacific.

For Mexico, the Pacific Alliance partners represent a growing market of 93 million inhabitants. In 2011, the Alliance as a whole received exports from Mexico to the value of US$8.991 billion, making it the third largest Mexican export destination in the world, behind only the US and Canada.

Mexican Foreign Direct Investment in Alliance countries amounts to more than US$23 billion, 31.5% of the total Mexican FDI in Latin America.

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7th Meeting of the High Level Group of the Pacific Alliance Draws to a Close

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Press Release No 193/12
Mexico City, August 24, 2012 

The 7th Meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) of the Pacific Alliance, formed by Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, ended today in Puerto Varas, Chile. The Mexican delegation was headed by the Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norma Pensado, and by the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy, Francisco de Rosenzweig.

During the HLG meeting, the Undersecretaries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of the four member countries discussed ongoing issues including the strengthening of the institutional structure of the Alliance, business initiatives, transport, aviation interconnectivity, tourism cooperation, the free movement of people, the approach to the Asia Pacific region and the granting of scholarships to roll out the student mobility platform.

The meeting also addressed the progress and current situation of the four technical groups of the Pacific Alliance: trade and integration, services and capital, movement of people and cooperation.

The Pacific Alliance seeks to build an integration that allows the free flow of goods, services, capital and people; drives towards greater growth, development and competitiveness of the member economies, and becomes a global platform, with special emphasis on Asia-Pacific.

For Mexico, the Pacific Alliance partners represent a growth market with a population of 93 million.

As a whole, the Pacific Alliance is the third largest receiver of Mexican exports in the world, behind only the US and Canada. In 2011, Mexico sold US$8.991 billion to the bloc.

Mexico invests more than US$23 billion in the Alliance countries, 32 percent of its total FDI in Latin America.

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Mexico Consolidates Auto Sector Leadership

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Press Release No 185/12
Durango, Durango, August 15, 2012

 

President Felipe Calderón opens Delphi's Arneses Automotrices Durango I plant.

Delphi invests US$23 million and will create more than 3000 direct jobs.

Mexico is an undeniable leader of the automotive sector and an attractive, safe investment destination, assured Economy Secretary, Bruno Ferrari, at today's opening ceremony of Delphi's Arneses Automotrices Durango I plant, in the presence of President Felipe Calderón.

Joined by the Governor of Durango, Jorge Herrera, Mr. Ferrari said the new plant represents not only Delphi's US$23 million investment, or the 3000 direct jobs created to date, but also confidence in the working, enterprising and innovative spirit of the Mexican people.

He emphasized that the wiring and circuits plant joins the ever-widening set of industries which strengthen the automotive and auto parts sector and will fuel the growth of production and competitiveness.

This investment further strengthens the industry and generates better opportunities for the Durango and Mexican people, he said, adding that the plant is a clear example that Mexico is making steady headway along the right path.

Thanks to federal government support, not only has Mexico positioned as the world's eighth largest light vehicle producer and fourth largest exporter, this important economic sector now represents a fifth of manufacturing production and four percent of GDP.

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Deputy Secretary de Rosenzweig and Ambassador Marantis Review TPP Progress

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Press Release No 175/12
Mexico City, August 6, 2012

The Deputy Secretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy met with Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, his counterpart in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), to check on the status of the TPP negotiation process.

Deputy Secretary de Rosenzweig and Ambassador Marantis talked with federal government authorities and private sector representatives to analyze areas of opportunity and potential challenges during the TPP negotiations.

Among the federal government authorities were representatives from the Ministries of Economy, Environment and Natural Resources, Labor and Social Security, Civil Service and Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food; and from the National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (Senasica), the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios or Cofepris), the National Copyright Institute (Instituto Nacional del Derecho de Autor or Indautor), the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial or IMPI), the Federal Competition Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia or CFC) and the Tax Administration Service (Servicio de Administración Tributaria or SAT).

Later, the two deputies met with private sector representatives from the Coordinator for Foreign Trade Business Organizations (Coordinadora de Organismos Empresariales de Comercio Exterior or COECE), theConfederation of Industrial Chambers of the United Mexican States(Confederación de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos or Concamin) and the Mexican Business Council of Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior, Inversión y Tecnología or COMCE).

Deputy Secretary de Rosenzweig underlined Mexico's readiness to actively participate in the negotiation process and affirmed that Mexico's participation is and will continue to be in close consultation with the private sector.

Given the already high trade integration between Mexico and the US, the initiative will enhance synergies and further the production of export supply chains to unlock better business opportunities.

The TPP is set to be a driving force for trade, investment and economic growth and the platform that allows Mexico to confront the challenges of the 21st century and hold its position as one of the world's most competitive countries.

With the inclusion of Mexico and Canada, the TPP's share of global GDP would grow to 30 percent, exports to 19 percent and imports to 22 percent.

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CAF Invests us$10 million in the funds for Entrepreneurial Capital In Mexico

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Press Release No 162/12
Mexico City, July 24, 2012

The Fund of Funds Mexico Ventures I will invest in 10 to 15 capital funds to boost early-stage businesses.

The Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) has decided to invest US$10 million in Mexico Ventures I, one of the vehicles created by Nacional Financiera and the Ministry of Economy to strengthen the private capital industry in Mexico.

The announcement was made during the visit of CAF President and CEO, Enrique García, who was at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit this morning to outline a joint working agenda with the Deputy Secretary of Finance and Public Credit.

Mexico Ventures was conceived by the Ministry of Economy's Intersectoral Committee for Innovation to develop an ecosystem conducive to innovation.

Mexico Ventures I is a venture capital fund whose strategy is to invest in entrepreneurial capital funds and co-invest in innovation oriented projects to create value in Mexican enterprises. The fund has an available capital of US$70 million, US$30 million from the Ministry of Economy and US$40 from Nacional Financiera.

The Fund plans to invest in up to 15 funds which proactively nurture early-stage enterprises. To date, it has invested in eight funds, driving the development of new entrepreneurs with high impact projects and world class companies.

CAF has become a major source of financing in its founding countries, accounting for more than 30 percent of multilateral financing coming into Latin America.

The institution enjoys growing recognition and influence in the region as an advocate of integration and sustainable development and for its contribution to knowledge generation and public policy design.

CAF has a special interest in incorporating Mexico, and Nacional Financiera in particular, into its strategies and broadening program and project financing, both public and private.

Not only is CAF increasing its presence in our country, it will strengthen ties between Mexico, the shareholder countries and regional integration blocs.

Lorenza Martínez Trigueros, Deputy Secretary of Industry and Trade of the Ministry of Economy, recalled that:

•          The National Innovation Program aims to establish short-, medium- and long-term public policies designed to promote and strengthen innovation in production processes and services to heighten domestic economic competitiveness.

 

•          The Pillar of Finance aims to develop financial instruments to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. The Intersectoral Committee for Innovation agreed on the creation of a Fund of Funds of Entrepreneurial Capital, currently known as Mexico Ventures.

Héctor Rangel Domene, CEO of Nacional Financiera, highlighted the key benefits of CAF's participation in the equity capital of Mexico Ventures, in particular:

•          Combining business development programs with access to financing and innovation;

•          Promoting policies for the development of dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems;

•          Supporting the implementation of innovation policies and tying development programs to the country's network of universities;

•          Encouraging the use of information technologies as a vehicle to strengthen the managerial, administrative and financial capacities of SMBs;

•          Bolstering the stock market by promoting venture capital programs and participation in investment funds.

The Corporación Andina de Fomento, “the Latin America development bank”, was founded in 1970 and currently has 18 member countries from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, along with 14 private banks in the South American Andean region. It is headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Mexico is Becoming Major Exporting Power

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Press Release No 160/12
Boca del Río, Veracruz. July 20, 201

Economy Secretary, Bruno Ferrari, was at the LXXIII National Congress of the Confederation of Customs Brokers.

The Federal Government's actions will keep pushing trade facilitation, he said.

At the LXXIII National Congress of the Confederation of Customs Brokers of the Mexican Republic (Nacional de la Confederación de Asociaciones de Agentes Aduanales de la República Mexicana or CAAAREM), Economy Secretary, Bruno Ferrari, said Mexico is on its way to becoming a fully-fledged exporting power.

He said Mexico has initiated a number of measures to boost its economy and become into one of the world's major exporting economies.

He went on to cite the federal government's strategy to further trade facilitation with the introduction of the Foreign Affairs' One-Stop Window, export control regimes, entry into the TPP, and, not least, a frontal attack on customs undervaluation.

Secretary Ferrari spoke of the preferential tariffs with Mexico's prime trade partners but added that federal government policy tends towards the search for new markets and better opportunities for trading home-made goods and services. Every year Mexico issues more than 10 million motions, more than a million import permits and more than 37,000 export permits.

The Secretary mentioned that, since it was rolled out to June 29 this year, the One-Stop Window has registered 55,000 users from a universe of 60,000.

The program has streamlined 165 procedures and 12 types of information and cut paperwork by 90 percent and customs inspections by more than 10 percent.

Joined by Alfonso Rojas, President of the CAAAREM, Mr. Ferrari said Mexican made goods have been among the most dynamic in international trade over the last decade and represent almost 40 percent of total manufactured goods.

He added that, according to the OECD, Mexican technology-intensive exports have grown by more than 10 percent in the last ten years, outpacing the average growth rate of other member countries and placing 9th out of 15 with highest high-tech export growth above Russia and France, among others.

In 2011, 56 percent of all Mexico's exports were tech-related turning the country into a major export platform for electronics, automotive and auto parts, and aerospace.

The Secretary is confident that the coordinated efforts of federal government agencies and the support of customs agents, the new Mexican Export Control System and the regulation of goods production, will open the door to business opportunities and further boost the country's investment and exporting power.

Mr. Ferrari said customs undervaluation is a worldwide phenomenon and in Mexico affects specific goods including footwear, textiles and clothing.

Fighting undervaluation effectively is only achieved by a concerted effort between the business sector and federal government, he said, adding that public-private sector task forces with a highly consensual agenda were already making progress with actions including a pricing alert mechanism.

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Increase in Foreign Investment, Result of Economic Discipline and Solidity

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Press Release No 160/12
Boca del Río, Veracruz. July 20, 201

Foreign investment has become one of our best allies for driving economic growth, supplier development and the quest for better living conditions for the people, said Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari.

He opened the 92nd The Home Depot center with the Governor of Querétaro, José Calzada Rovirosa. 

According to Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, Mexico's growing inflow of foreign investment, despite the adverse international economic climate, is the result of economic discipline and sound public policies implemented by President Felipe Calderón's government.

The Secretary said that foreign direct investment has become one of our best allies for driving economic growth, domestic supplier development and the quest for better living conditions and well-being for the population.
 

At the official opening of the 92nd The Home Depot unit in San Juan del Río, Secretary Ferrari said the country will continue efforts to ensure certainty and security for investment, adding partners and strengthening ties with countries and businesses that consolidate Mexico as one of the best productive investment destinations, and one of the best places to do business.
 

Joined by the Governor of Querétaro, José Calzada Rovirosa, Secretary Ferrari emphasized that Mexico is renowned worldwide as a reliable investment option, proof being that in the first quarter this year more than US$4.3 billion were captured, bringing total foreign direct investment from 2007 to March 2012 to around US$120 billion. 
 

In his message, he reiterated that in spite of the international climate, economic stability has attracted a constant inflow of foreign investment. He recalled that last year US$19.554 billion were captured, nine percent higher than UNO forecasts of January 2010, and almost six percent higher than predicted by private sector experts consulted by the Bank of Mexico. 
 

"We know the best government is one which facilitates, which makes things possible, which promotes and encourages investment and supports the creation of more and better jobs for its people," he said.

Mr. Ferrari said that since 2011, the home improvement chain has invested more than US$2 billion, generating 11,000 direct jobs and around 30,000 indirect jobs. By the end of the year, the chain is expected to open another eight stores. Mr. Ferrari was accompanied at the event by the Deputy Secretary for the Small and Medium-Sized Business of the SE, Miguel Marón Manzur, and the President and CEO of The Home Depot, Ricardo Saldívar.

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Mexico and Malaysia Agree to Deepen Trade Relations

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Press Release No 149/12
Mexico City, July 11, 2012

The Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, met with his industry counterpart from Malaysia, Mustapa Mohamed, during his tour of Southeast Asia.

The executives of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board told the head of the Secretary of Economy of their interest in investing in Mexico, because of its potential in the field of agribusiness and its biodiversity.
 
As part of his working tour of Southeast Asia, the Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, met in Malaysia today with his industry counterpart, Mustapa Mohamed, with whom he reviewed the bilateral agenda and agreed to deepen trade relations.
 
At the meeting, both officials addressed Mexico's entry into the Strategic Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations.
 
Later on, Mr. Ferrari met with executives of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, who expressed their interest in investing in Mexico, citing its potential in the field of agribusiness and its biodiversity.
 
The Director of the company, Datuk Dr. Choo Yuen, told Mr. Ferrari that Malaysia produces 51 percent of the world's palm oil, and accounts for 62 percent of palm oil exports at international level.
 
As part of these meetings with the production sector, Mr. Ferrari also met with leaders of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) to give a presentation on the opportunities Mexico offers as a platform for developing products targeted at Latin American end markets. The FMM represents more than 2,500 manufacturing and industrial services businesses.

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Actions of the Secretariats of Economy and Agriculture to Support Food Safety and Quality

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  Press Release No148
El Marqués, Querétaro, July 11, 2012

Progress has been made in matters of food safety and quality as a result of the agreement signed in 2011 by the Secretariats of Economy (SE) and Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) to support competitiveness in the food sector, through the analysis of quality standards by the National Metrology Center (Centro Nacional de Metrología or CENAM).

The impact of this project will position Mexico among the countries with the highest measurement reliability in the food sector through the use of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) developed to protect the health of the population.

This involves strengthening the networks of food safety and food quality - the responsibility of the National Service of Agrifood Health, Safety and Quality (Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria or Senasica), the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios or Cofepris), and private entities - and promoting the food export economy by protecting the food safety and quality of domestic production for international markets.

Internationally competitive Mexican food products are often attacked by competitors for failing to meet sanitary provisions or for quality reasons. Having reliable measuring references endorsed by the CENAM, under the Secretariat of Economy, along with a reliable network of laboratories such as Senasica, adds extra value to Mexican products.

The urgent introduction of CRMs would enable reliable food safety and food quality analyses, ensuring that Mexican food exports are shielded against possible health alerts in other countries.

The agricultural products, grains, meats and seafood sectors are fully behind the project, with more than 30 letters being sent from representative organizations and enterprises, inspection authorities (Senasica) and laboratories.

This prompted the Sagarpa-Conacyt Sectoral Fund to generate a specific demand to develop CRMs in different products and safety and quality aspects, such as: a) toxic metals in shrimp and broccoli; b) nutritional content of honey, avocado and tomato; c) pesticides in lettuce and tomato; d) GMO corn, wheat and soybean; e) clenbuterol in bovine liver; and f) a manual of microbiological methodologies validated by national and/or international bodies, which prove the safety of foodstuffs such as meat products, fresh vegetables, fruit and seafood.

The Sectoral Fund has allocated 54 million pesos to the project, called "Development of certified reference materials, validation of methods and strengthening of support infrastructure of laboratory networks for food safety and quality," and which runs from February 2012 to February 2013.

The Sagarpa-Conacyt sectoral project and the SE-Sagarpa intersecretariat agreement illustrate the high impact that can be achieved when government, producers and research centers join forces to meet major national challenges.

During the presentation of these advances, held at the National Metrology Center in El Marqués, Querétaro, the Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Business Regulation of the Secretariat of Economy, José Antonio Torre, said that, through the CENAM, priority sectors are being helped to increase their competitiveness. Sagarpa's collaboration has been sought to strengthen actions to benefit national agroindustry, consumers and economic development.

He emphasized that the agreement has helped identify the need for Certified Reference Materials for food safety and quality which will ensure that Mexican food exports are shielded against possible health alerts in other countries.

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of Agriculture of the Sagarpa, Mariano Ruiz-Funes Macedo, emphasized that to maintain, enhance and increase the competitiveness of Mexican foodstuffs, there is a need for scientific instruments which guarantee high standards of safety and quality analysis.

CRMs, he said, will enable Mexican agricultural and fishery products to obtain better certification and sanitary control for their sale in domestic and international markets.

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Secretary Ferrari on Working Tour of Indonesia

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Press Release No 147/12
Mexico City, July 10, 2012

The head of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, met in Jakarta with his counterparts in Trade, Gita Wirjawan, and Industry, M. S. Hidayat, with whom he discussed the opportunities of bilateral relations. 

He also met with executives from Medion Farma Jaya and Bakrie & Brothers, who expressed interest in investing in Mexico.

During his working tour of Jakarta, Indonesia, the Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, learned of the business sector's interest in investing in Mexico, attracted by its growing domestic market and network of international trade agreements. The Secretary met with his counterparts in Trade, Gita Wirjawan, and Industry, M. S. Hidayat, with whom he discussed the opportunities of bilateral relations. 

Mr. Ferrari emphasized Mexico's competitive advantages in Latin America and its appeal as a secure destination for investment, above all for its economic soundness and the seriousness with which it takes international trade negotiation processes. 

During the bilateral meetings with the Indonesian ministers, Gita Wirjawan said that he had closely followed Mexico's entry into the Strategic Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and the deepening trade relationship with his country. 

The head of Economy said that Indonesia has a demand for a variety of goods and services which are manufactured and supplied in Mexico with important advantages.

Later, Mr. Ferrari met with corporate executives from Medion Farma Jaya and Bakrie & Brothers, who expressed their interest in investing in Mexico.

The representatives of Medion Farma Jaya, a veterinary medicine technology company, showed interest in developing joint projects with Mexican companies, while Bakrie & Brothers, an infrastructure and telecommunications firm, intends to invest in Mexico. 

Mr. Ferrari, who was joined on the tour by the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Secretary of Ecomomy, Francisco de Rosenzweig, met with members of Indonesia's National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, headed by their Chairman Suryo Bambang Sulisto, to present Mexico's position on the TPP. He also called for the synergies of technology and knowledge transfer to be exploited. 

At the meeting, Mr. Ferrari drew attention to Mexico's advantages as a secure and reliable investment destination.

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The Nuclear Suppliers Group Admits Mexico as an Observer State

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Press Release No 137
Mexico City, June 21 2012. 

Mexico was admitted today as an Observer State at the annual plenary meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), one of the major export control regimes for goods and leading technology related to the global nuclear industry for peaceful purposes.

Mexico's presence in this control regime, in which 46 states participate from all over the globe, is consistent with its traditional support of global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts in the pursuit of international security and peace, and in line with the Tlatelolco Treaty, whose Article 17 underlines the development of the nuclear industry for peaceful purposes.

The Mexican delegation, attending the Nuclear Suppliers Group for the first time, was headed by Ambassador Mabel Gómez Oliver, and integrated by César Hernández Ochoa, General Director of Foreign Trade of the Secretariat of Economy; Juan Eibenschutz Hartman, General Director of the National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards; Luz Aurora Ortíz Salgado, General Director of Distribution and Supply of Electricity and Nuclear Resources of the Secretariat of Energy; and Minister Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Coordinator of Advisors of the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs.

Mexico seeks to make a substantial contribution to the strengthening of international export control regimes, providing those mechanisms consist of tools to ensure compliance with States' obligations adopted in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency and other international non-proliferation and disarmament instruments, while allowing the controlled development of advanced technology in sectors which use nuclear elements, such as electricity generation and nuclear medicine, among others.

Addressing the countries participating in the NSG, Mexico reiterated its commitment to the non- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Mexico also stressed its desire to effectively control the goods and technology specified in the lists of the NSG, which favor Mexican industry's access to advanced technology so far unavailable in the country.

It should be recalled that in January Mexico was accepted as a full member of the Wassenaar Arrangement on dual-use goods and technologies.

The NSG is an informal group, with no legal binding, created in 1974, whose objective is to contribute to the non-proliferation of weapons and nuclear material through the implementation of guidelines to regulate the export of nuclear goods and related software and dual-use technologies and products.

The countries currently participating in the regime are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan , Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Rumania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.

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Small Breeders' Profits will Rise After WTO Ruling on Country of Origin Labeling

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Press Release No. 143
Mexico City, July 2 2012

 

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) ruling in favor of Mexico on country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat products applied by the United States Government (which affects the export of feeder calves), will mean an economic recovery for Mexico's livestock breeders of more than US$140 million per year.

The international organization's decision will stimulate primary sector production, especially the income of small producers, since the US legislation means an additional expenditure of around US$95 per head.

Besides the growth of exports to the United States, which in 2011 was around 1.5 million head with a commercial value of 600 million pesos, so far this year sales of a million calves have been reported.

At a press conference led by the Secretaries of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, and Agriculture, Francisco Mayorga Castañeda, the President of the National Confederation of Livestock Organizations (CNOG), Oswaldo Cházaro Montalvo, recognized the Federal Government's efforts to protect the interests of the national livestock sector through the coordinated participation of authorities and producers.

He explained that of the five to six million calves Mexico produces, only one to one and a half million are exported, guaranteeing the domestic meat market.

Speaking of added value processes, Mr. Cházaro reported that more than 120,000 tons of meat products are sold every year, compared to around 30,000 tons sold abroad three years ago.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, said that this represents another victory for Mexico on equal conditions and clear rules to build a fairer and more equitable market.

He mentioned that international agrifood trade represents significant growth for Mexico, and the defense undertaken by this administration demonstrates an interest in protecting the rights of livestock producers and pushing growth and development.

He emphasized that, “In the midst of climatic adversity, Mexico and its producers have shown their strength by increasing feeder cattle exports by up to 50 percent in 2011."

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Francisco Mayor Castañeda, said the resolution eliminates protectionist practices bringing certainty to the sector and international trade.

He explained that more than 100,000 livestock breeders, mainly from the north of Mexico, found a market for their animals in the United States, enabling them to avoid economic losses in the wake of adverse weather in recent months.

In the press conference held in the SAGARPA head offices, both officials expressed confidence that the US Government would properly comply with the WTO recommendations, to which Mexico reiterated its promise to strengthen and broaden their trade relations.

Also participating in the event were the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the SE, Francisco De Rosenzweig; the Director in Chief of the National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Food Quality (SENASICA), Enrique Sánchez Cruz, and the General Coordinator of Livestock of the SAGARPA, Everardo González Padilla.

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México invited to Trans-Pacific Partnership Negociations

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Press Release No 136/12
Mexico City June 18, 2012.


 

After the bilateral meeting between leaders Barack Obama, of the United States of America, and Felipe Calderón, of Mexico, held within the framework of the G-20 Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, it was formally announced that the countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) have invited Mexico to join the negotiations. The invitation has been accepted with great interest and pride.
 
The Secretariat of Economy emphasized the importance of TPP member countries welcoming Mexico's participation in the negotiations of what is currently the most important trade agreement, to boost trade and encourage trade integration in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
“The strategic value of belonging to the TPP lies in leveraging Mexico's role as a relevant player in global supply chains, both for the US market and in Asia-Pacific, the most dynamic region in the world," said Secretary Bruno Ferrari.
 
Mexico's participation in the TPP negotiations will contribute to the goal of creating a 21st Century agreement which will drive growth and economic development and promote innovation, benefitting our consumers and supporting the generation and retention of jobs, raising living standards and reducing poverty in participating countries and in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
The importance of the TPP for Mexico can be seen from two great dimensions: North America and Asia. In the case of North America, due to the strategic economic relations between Mexico and the United States, the TPP will enable synergies to be further strengthened and the natural integration of our exports deepened, as well as create greater trade opportunities and better jobs. In the case of Asia, Mexico has proven to be a fundamental factor for the economic integration of a good part of the region through its participation in supply chains.
 
Entry to the TPP gives Mexico a great opportunity to continue to diversify its exports and markets to regions with highly dynamic economies. Asia has become the most dynamic region for Mexican exports. In the last six years the average growth of Mexico's exports to Asia has surpassed 20%, primarily to countries with which it has diversified trade, such as Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam.
 
The TPP is currently the most important plurilateral trade negotiation because of its wide range of products and disciplines and economic importance. There are now 9 negotiating members: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam, which in 2011 represented 18% of world imports, 15% of exports and almost one third (26%) of the GDP.
 
Mexico will actively participate in the TPP negotiation process once the internal legal procedures for the incorporation of new members to the trade initiative have been concluded.
 
Mexico's total trade with the nine TPP members reached US$466 billion in 2011. Mexican exports reported US$280 billion. In the same year, Mexican imports were reported at US$186 billion.
 
Mexico continues to embark on negotiations with other nations to establish trade ties with conditions of reciprocity which offer maximum benefits to the manufacturing sector and domestic consumers.

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