The Mexican Steel Industry Congress Background

Four Congresses of the Mexican Steel Industry have been held; the first one was on September 6th, 7th and 8th, 2011, at the Blast Furnace Museum in Monterrey City, Nuevo León, with 360 attendees related to the national and international iron and steel industry production chain, legislators, public officers, academics and press.

The main purpose of the 11st Congress was to discuss the competitiveness factors of the Mexican manufacturing industry and the challenges and opportunities that the steel production chain has to cope with, and to state CANACERO’s relationship with government policies which are affecting the sector. This was well achieved with a first level audience.

The keynote speakers were Mr. Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute who discussed the topic: “Why Globalization is Dead – Long Live Globalization”; Mr. Dani Rodrik, Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University, who discussed the topic: “Good Growth, Bad Growth, and Manufacturing”, and Mr. Hajime Bada, President of the World Steel Association.

Other outstanding speakers were: Mr. Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor of the State of Nuevo León, Mr. Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Secretary of Economy, and Mr. Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico from 1988 - 1994.

Likewise, analysis panels were developed, which involved the iron and steel sector managers, business leaders, public officers, academics and legislators.

The 2nd Congress was held on September 25th, 26th and 27th, 2012, at the JW Marriott hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo, with 300 attendees related to the national and international Iron and Steel Industry production chain, legislators, public officers, academics and press.

The main purpose of the 2nd Congress was to continue serving as a prestigious speaker for the Mexican iron and steel industry, and to define a competitiveness agenda in which all members of the chain are taken into account.

The keynote speakers who joined us during this second congress were Mr. Peter F. Marcus, founder of World Steel Dynamics and consultant for the steel industry; Mr. Joon Yang Chung, CEO of POSCO; and Mr. Jesús A. Cano Vélez, President of the National Association of Economists.

In this 2nd Congress, we had the outstanding participation of Mr. Roberto Borge Angulo, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, and Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal, current Secretary of Economy of Mexico.

For the 3rd Congress, the venue was Mexico City at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel on September 10th, 11th and 12th, 2013, and as in the previous congresses, it was divided into different panels where the main representatives of the industry participated, and where different topics were discussed, such as: Challenges and Opportunities to increase Competitiveness in Mexico, Mexican Economy Perspectives, Global Iron and Steel Market, Mexican Iron and Steel Market, Steel and Globalization, Statistical Profile of the Steel Industry, Steel Users and Workers, Green Taxes and Climatic Change, Infrastructure as a Trigger of the Domestic Market, Oil Industry and Energy Reform. Moreover, during this third Congress, the agreement “Collaboration Framework on PEMEX-CANACERO National Content” was signed.

The keynote speakers who joined us during the 3rd Congress were Mr. Philipp Englin, CEO of World Steel Dynamics; Mr. Nicholas Walters, Communication Director of World Steel Association; Mr. Enrique de Alba Guerra, Vice President of INEGI.

Other outstanding speakers were: Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy; Mr. Juan José Guerra Abud, Secretary of Environment; Mr. José San Martín Romero, CEO of the Mexican Institute of Transport; Mr. Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of PEMEX.

For the 4th Congress, the venue was again Mexico City at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel on September 28th, 29th and 30th, 2015, were the Global and Mexican Economy were the main objectives in this Congress, such as: Trends, Risks and Opportunities, China and its Impact on the Worlds Economy and the Steel Industry, Mexico’s CO2 Emissions Commitments for COP 21, Energy Reform, Where is it, Perspectives and Vision, Challenges and Perspectives of the Mexican Steel Industry CEO’s.

We had an important participation of Mr. Jeremy Leonard, Director of Industrial Services, Oxford Economics; Mr. Paul Brooks, President of World Steel Association Environmental Committee. Mr. Héctor Márquez, Head of the National Content Unit, Ministry of Economy; Mr. Duncan Wood, Wilson Center; Mr. Guillermo García, Head of the Hydrocarbons Exploration and Extraction Policy Unit of SENER; Senator Jorge Luis Lavalle, Member of the Senate Energy Committee.

All reports are available for everyone at our website www.canacero.org.mx, along with pictures, speeches, presentations, media broadcasts and lectures.