A warm welcome to all of you.

¡Bienvenidos!

It is a great privilege for me to have this as my first public act as Ambassador of Mexico to the United States.

I arrived in Washington less than a week ago. Just two days from now, I will present my credentials to President Obama.

As chance would have it, I am delighted for my arrival to coincide with the commemoration of the 205th anniversary of our independence, and to have the opportunity to share it with you all.

This is an opportunity to bring together such an important group of friends of Mexico in this marvelous setting, the Mexican Institute of Culture, and to note how the Mexico - US relationship is experiencing an impressive moment.

There is no relationship between two nations on the planet that is as intense and positive as ours. Everything that American society cares about has something to do with its relationship with Mexico. By the same token, everything that Mexico cares about has something to do with the US.

We build and produce things together, and our societies flow into one another as they respond to a new vision of our future together.

That is why, my goal should be to consolidate the “trade partnership” we have built into a joint production platform that is destined to position North America as the most prosperous and competitive region in the world.

My arrival in Washington happens exactly at a time when the design of our future as a region is coming together:

  • At a time when our countries have designed an economic mechanism that allows us to rise above the everyday vortex of the bilateral relationship and focus on priorities;
  • when the archetype of the Mexican immigrant has changed, and the integration of our communities has motivated unprecedented actions like those taken by President Obama to recognize the enormous contributions of the Mexican and Latino populations to the US.
  • I also arrive at moment when the way in which we deal with our mutual security interests is based on trust, shared responsibility, and cooperation.

But perhaps most important, I arrive at the midway point of the current Mexican government’s term in office, when the most ambitious and important changes the country has made will be consolidated: when we will transition from conceptualization and enactment to the implementation of the reform process, deeply transforming our institutions.

Some of these changes will not immediately reveal their potential, but we are already seeing results that signal what is to come for the country:

  • The energy and telecom reforms, which has already dramatically reduced costs for manufacturers and improved competitiveness, freeing up the sectors of entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • With education reform, the country has regained control of the teaching of our children and therefore of our future;
  • The reform to our criminal justice system has created a new paradigm to guarantee the rule of law and has begun to bring results and confidence;
  • Our political reform and our national anticorruption system grant citizens accountability and help our democracy evolve.

We do, of course, face challenges. It is not only that Mexico is transitioning toward the implementation of its reforms, with the turbulence that this implies; but it is also that the world today finds itself in a moment of profound transition.

30 years ago, I had the privilege in Mexico of being the initiator of public opinion and electoral polls. That revolutionary initiative opened a new space in which the feelings and opinions of Mexican society were publicly acknowledged, contributing to the democratization of the country.

Today, I rejoin public service convinced that issues such as energy reform, new oral trials in our criminal judicial system, and educational transformation, among other things, have the comprehensive power to completely renovate my country. I want to contribute to that paramount objective, and I am convinced that our bilateral relationship will be essential in achieving it.

Thank you.