The two secret weapons of Mexico to attract foreign investment
Claudia Jañez is the first woman to take the reins of the Executive Council of Global Companies (CEEG), a leader convinced that the transnationals have the necessary elements to contribute to the economic development of Mexico, generate quality jobs, attract innovation and greater technology.
The newly appointed president of CEEG, for the period from 2019 to 2021, told Excelsior that global companies will not stop investing "because we believe in this country".
She stressed that the investment of multinationals since 2015 has reached 11 billion 172 million dollars, and will continue to add capital in the coming years.
"This investment we already have in the country will continue, none of our companies have considered or decelerate or divest, much less stop the plans we have in Mexico."
She stressed that there are two main elements that strengthen the country, one is the network of international trade agreements, which represents a great attraction for foreign investment.
Another point is the domestic market, which has remained stable in macroeconomic terms and leads to create quality companies.
The CEEG is composed of 51 transnational companies, which represent around 10% of Mexico's GDP and more than 11% of the country's exports, which generate more than 500 thousand direct jobs and one million 500 thousand indirect jobs.
"One of the axes of my presidency is to follow up on the issues of foreign investment, we are global and public companies, we have many rules and good practices to exercise, in addition to compliance with process issues."
Claudia Jañez is a 47-year-old Mexican woman in charge of DuPont América Latina, a science and innovation company.
She is mainly responsible for the implementation of the strategy of the firm to achieve development and growth in the region.
This experience is what will serve to preside over the Council and work closely with the government and contribute to the development of the nation.
She explained that one of her priorities will be to deepen the work and reflection with the Executive "to contribute our vision and global experiences and propose policies that have worked in other latitudes."
She indicated that the transnationals are willing to establish a constructive and permanent dialogue with the federal government in order to have synergies and work closely to advance the country's transformation.
One of the first projects already driven by Janez is the development of a platform of economic and social indicators that will identify opportunities for Mexico, which will be carried out by the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE).
The new president also pledged to support the implementation of the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada; to formalize the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union and take advantage of the opportunities of the Integral and Progressive Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Finally, she said that in her management she will look for multinationals to have greater investments in the south-southeast region, since they are localities that are still isolated both in consumption and commercialization of products, as well as in the participation of their labor force in the modern economy formal.
Claudia Jañez has a degree in Law from La Salle University. She has a specialty in Commercial and Financial Law from the Universidad Panamericana, a Negotiation Diploma from the Harvard Law School and a Masters in Business Administration from the Pan American Institute of Senior Business Management.
She has a professional career with more than 20 years of experience working in global companies from different industries and business areas.
She has a great career within the DuPont company, where she has been Director of Legal and Government Relations for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
She is currently president of DuPont Latin America, and as of January 2019 president of the Executive Board of Global Companies.