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President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected join us this September 3-5 in Merida, Mexico, at the 17th Microcredit Summit to discuss the “next generation” of microfinance and how we can help bring an end to extreme poverty. He is slated to be a keynote speaker in the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday the 3rd.
When he was elected President in 2012, Peña Nieto made a pact with other political parties and institutions called “Pacto por México” in which he committed to help bolster the economic growth, employment, and productivity in Mexico. Peña Nieto has developed and supported various programs that promote financial services and empowerment of microentrepreneurs. Among such initiatives, la Cruzada Nacional Contra el Hambre (the National Crusade Against Hunger) is a strategy of inclusion and social well-being that, in less than two years of being implemented, has improved the nutrition of 3 million Mexicans living in extreme poverty. Among the three main strategies defined in Peña Nieto’s National Development Plan, two are related to promoting financial services and empowering microentrepreneurs:
- Democratizing productivity
- Promote the development of adequate financial products, innovative models and use of new technologies for access to finance for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
- Support the business scaling of Mexican MSMEs.
- Facilitate access to financing and capital to entrepreneurs and MSMEs.
- Tackling problems in the gender perspective
- Promote the inclusion of women in economic sector through financing for productive activities.
- Develop financial products that consider gender.
We are very excited for Peña Nieto to join the attendees of the 17th Microcredit Summit Mexico and invite him to imagine with us a new generation that grows up without knowing extreme poverty. How do we get there? Part of the solution is to make available to them a range of tools and services to help them address vulnerabilities, build resilience, develop capabilities, and take advantage of opportunities. We look forward with great anticipation to learn about his vision for how the “next generation” of microfinance can help bring an end to extreme poverty. This event will be the 17th Microcredit Summit organized by the Campaign and will gather an estimated 800 participants from around the world. We want this to be a conference with impact; we want it to spark strategic partnerships, innovations, and a scaling of successful models that help guide the “next generation” of microfinance. We need your help to make this happen. Register today to attend the 17th Microcredit Summit to take part in the exciting conversations and form global partnerships!
Important links for the 17th Microcredit Summit
- Summit website: http://17microcreditsummit.org/
- Tourism and visa information