Photo: Gerardo Ruiz Esparza
Spanish Development Minister Ana Pastor said in an interview with Efe that she told Mexican Communications and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza during a meeting here that firms from Spain were interested in investing in infrastructure in Mexico.
The goal is to implement a bilateral cooperation agreement signed during Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Spain in June, Pastor said.
Spanish companies have the experience to “collaborate and support” Mexico in the railway, highway and airport infrastructure areas, among others, Pastor said.
“Over the past few decades, Spain has made an important effort in infrastructure investment and, today, Spanish engineering and Spanish know how in all areas of transportation are considered among the best in the world,” Pastor said.
Pastor was present on Tuesday for Peña Nieto’s announcement during his state of the nation address at the National Palace that a new Mexico City airport would be built.
Ruiz Esparza agrees that more must be done to meet demand for air transportation service and bolster Mexico’s development, Pastor said.
The Spanish minister said she helped convene the bilateral “High-Level Group” that will “materialize cooperation and support” between Spain and Mexico.
Trade “is growing and is more positive each day for the two countries in all areas,” Pastor said.
The Spanish development minister thanked Mexico for the show of confidence it made by accepting Spanish investment.
Pastor arrived in Mexico City on Monday night from Costa Rica, where she spent a few hours.
The development minister attended a breakfast meeting Tuesday at Spanish Ambassador to Mexico Luis Fernandez-Cid’s residence, where she met with representatives of Spanish firms that have invested in the country.
Isolux, Sacyr, Indra, Idom, CAF, AENA and OHL were among the companies represented at the meeting.