The President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, and Vice-President, Emma Navarro, have met with senior officials of the Mexican federal government and of the state governments of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Mexico City.
The EU is the principal development investor in the region and the European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided over EUR8.4bn to promote economic and social development in Latin America
EIB President Werner Hoyer and Vice President Emma Navarro, responsible for the Bank’s activities in Latin America, have visited Mexico to highlight the EIB´s commitment to boosting economic growth, employment and prosperity in Mexico and across the region. With this purpose, President Hoyer and Vice-President Emma Navarro have met with the Minister of Finance, Arturo Herrera, the Minister of Economy, Graciela Márquez, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julián Ventura, the Vice-Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, Maximiliano Reyes, the President's Chief of Staff, Alfonso Romo, the Director General of Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Eugenio Nájera, the governor of the state of Veracruz, Cuitláhuac García, representantatives of the state of Oaxaca, as well as the Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum.
“It’s great to be in Mexico to reaffirm our commitment to supporting sustainable projects in the country and region”, said Werner Hoyer. “In the 26 years that the EIB has been working in the region, we have provided over EUR 8.4bn to develop projects aimed at creating jobs and quality infrastructure, and ultimately sustainable economic growth. We are proud of our joint projects in Mexico, including the biggest solar project in the Americas - Villanueva and stand ready to do more for the country and the region.”
EIB Vice President Emma Navarro said: “Our visit confirms the EU Bank’s commitment to continue working with Mexico to foster inclusive growth in the country, through economic development, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. In this sense, we welcome the Comprehensive Development Plan initiative jointly launched by Mexico and partner countries in Central America -El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This initiative is fully aligned with the priorities of the EU the region”.
The European Union Ambassador to Mexico, Klaus Rudischhauser, said: "As the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini stated, the European Union supports the further development of the Comprehensive Development Plan in broad consultation with local stakeholders and civil society and taking into account these countries' development objectives."
Prior to the visit to Mexico, the EIB delegation, from its headquarters in Luxembourg, visited Colombia to sign a host country agreement for the regional office in Bogota. The new office in Colombia will be the Bank's first in the region, helping the EIB to strengthen its presence and expand its activities across Latin America. During the regional visit, Vice-President Emma Navarro will travel to the Dominican Republic to announce support for post-disaster reconstruction and microfinance agreements.
EU: Latin America's main investment partner
The European Union is the main partner for the development of the Latin America region, its number one investor and second biggest trade partner. The ElB is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy objectives.
The EIB provides economic support for projects in Latin America by offering both long-term investment with favourable conditions and the technical support needed to ensure that these projects deliver positive social, economic and environmental results. Since the EIB began operating in the region in 1993, it has provided total financing of over EUR 8.4bn to support around 120 projects in 14 countries. This includes Mexico, where the EIB is supporting three photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants totaling 1,088 MWp, located in Guanajuato and Coahuila States in Mexico. The Villanueva project in the municipality of Viesca in Coahuila is the largest solar project in the Americas.
In 2018, the EU bank expanded its contribution to sustainable development and climate action in Latin America, providing EUR 639m for the development of 15 projects. This constitutes a record for the number of operations supported by the Bank in the region in a single year. The aim of these projects is to foster sustainable growth and climate action.
EIB President Werner Hoyer and Vice-President Emma Navarro are currently visiting Colombia, which is set to host the EU Bank's Latin American office. To this end, President of the Republic of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez and EIB President Werner Hoyer signed today in the Palacio de Nariño the host country agreement enabling Bogotá to host this new EU representation. The EIB's new regional office will be the Bank's first in Central and South America and will help it to strengthen its presence and expand its activities in the region.
The EIB will be present from today at the 2017 annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Paraguay, with the aim to continue working to strengthen European Union cooperation and collaboration with Latin America. The EIB Vice-President with responsibility for Latin America, Román Escolano, has travelled to Asunción to attend the meeting and to meet with economy, finance and development ministers from various Latin American countries, as well as representatives from several Latin American and international financial institutions. The EIB Vice-President is meeting with IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno today.