Designing a new future:
Mexico in a World of disruptions

Guadalajara, Jalisco | October 21-23

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Some of the Confirmed Speakers

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    Gerhard Schroeder

    Ex Canciller de Alemania

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    Álvaro Uribe

    Ex Presidente de Colombia

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    Luis Barreto

    Director Ejecutivo, Brookfield
    Infraestructure Group, México

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    Pascal Cagni

    Presidente del Consejo,
    Business France, Francia

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    Juan Ignacio Díaz

    Director General, Siemens México,
    Centroamérica y el Caribe, México

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    Marcelo Martins

    Presidente, Cargill México,México

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    Anasofia Sánchez Juárez

    Directora General Waze México, México

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    Woosuk Kenneth Choi

    Editor Adjunto, Departamento de Planeación Futura Chosun IIbo Group, Corea

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    Craig Breese

    Presidente para Latinoamérica, Honeywell Latinoamérica, México

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    Ronnie Chan

    Presidente, Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong

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    Rossana Fuentes Berain

    Directora General y Fundadora, México Media Lab S21, México

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    Louise Goeser

    Miembro del Consejo, Watts Water Technologies, EUA

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    Mark Hannant

    Director General, Teammagenta, India

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    Carrie Kahn

    Corresponsal para México, NPR, EUA

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    Sai Krishna

    Fundador, Scapic, India

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    Valeria Moy

    Directora, México ¿Cómo vamos?, Profesora, ITAM, México

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    Duncan Wood

    Director, Wilson Centre, EUA

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    Eric Martin


Designing a new future: Mexico in a World of disruptions

Venue- Expo Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Jalisco October 21- 23

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16th edition of the Mexico Business Summit

Designing a new future: Mexico in a World of Disruptions

This 16th edition of the Mexico Business Summit is focusing on the global, technological, economic, trade, geopolitical disruptions radically changing the context and assumptions on which corporations and countries have been operating, helping to identify and assess what type of opportunities are opening up for Mexico and the region what can be done to fully leverage them. As a new administration is preparing to take over in Mexico, the Summit´s discussions will also provide some practical and concrete, recommendations to help create a new future.

Orientations for the Program:

  • The future of Technology: Sessions focused on disruptive technologies, innovation and tech forecasting.
  • Leveraging Mexico´s competitive assets: Focusing on high growth potential sectors and some of the structural issues that need to be addressed.
  • Mexico´s new political context: Beside discussions on some key issues such as rule of law, security and corruption, a special initiative will highlight key recommendations for the new administration.
  • Mexico in the global context: What is the new trade and investment landscape and what does it mean for Mexico. What is Mexico's diversification score card - with a focus on some key bilateral relationships.

The Next Generation of Leaders

The Mexico Business Summit has been focusing on the new generation of leaders through two separate programs: The Mexico Future Group, created in 2011, and the MBS Talented Graduates.

The Mexico Future Group brings together young up-and-coming entrepreneurs who have already begun to make their mark in business and who are demonstrating a sense of involvement in and commitment to - Mexico´s future.

MBS Talented Graduates: Every year, the Summit invites a group of selected graduates from Mexico´s top academic centers to participate in the Summit discussions with other participants and bring the perspectives of the next generations.





  • • Leading national and international business leaders.
  • • Political leaders, government representatives and officials from Mexico and abroad.
  • • Renowned specialists and academics of international renown.
  • • Media and opinion leaders.
  • • Personalities from civil society and NGOs.
  • • Next generation of leaders.


Preliminary Program September 2018

Sunday October 21
11:30 hrs. onwards
Participant registration
15:15 hrs. - 15:30 hrs.
Welcoming remarks
15:30 hrs. - 17:00 hrs.
What does the new trade and geopolitical outlook mean for Mexico
The global trade is today characterized by the rise of protectionism, increased questioning of the notion that free trade benefits everybody, the realization that the WTO as it was conceived is not equipped to deal with challenges arising from the fact that China - soon to be the number one economy in the world - will not evolve towards a market economy. The Trump administration approach to trade has generated a significant erosion of the way international trade had been functioning until now. On the geopolitical side, the increasing rivalry between the US and China, the putting into question of traditional relationships and alliances between the US and its North American, European, Asian partners are creating a context of uncertainty and volatility.

  • ● What does this new trade and geopolitical outlook mean for the way Mexico will need to protect and advance its strategic national interests and its international footprint?
  • ● How can Mexico nurture new - or strengthen existing – relationships and international networks on the economic as well as the geopolitical fronts?
17:15 hrs. - 18:15 hrs.
US/Mexico: Overcoming the obstacles on the path towards greater shared prosperity
17:15 hrs. - 18:15 hrs.
What skills strategy for Mexico’s 21st century economy
According to research by Manpower, Mexico is facing increasing difficulties for companies to find the right skills. The percentage of companies surveyed reporting difficulties to fill positions has increased from 40% in 2016 to 50% in. President-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has promised $7.5 billion for youth job training, a much-needed initiative given the country’s acute skills shortage. Five years after the launch of the government’s ambitious education reform program, Mexico still ranks last in education among the 35 OECD countries. As the global economy transitions into the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the country’s educational system is in urgent need of reform so that both new entrants in the job market and existing workers are equipped with the skills necessary to adapt to the highly technical and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math oriented jobs of Industry 4.0.

  • • What steps should be taken to address existing skill shortages and create a better match between the skills produced by the system and the ones needed by the economy?
  • • How can the incoming administration further incentivize the development of work- based apprenticeships and improve training opportunities for informal workers?
  • • What does Corporate Mexico need to do to develop a culture of permanent skills enhancement among its workforce?
18:30 hrs. - 19:45 hrs.
What to expect of the first 100 days of the new administration?
In his third bid for the presidency, President-elect Lopez Obrador focused heavily on crime, stagnant wages, and corruption. His historic victory has been seen as a broad rejection of the status quo by the electorate and a strong desire for decisive action in tackling these issues. How the President-elect decides to use his mandate has the potential of changing the Mexican political landscape radically.

  • • What are the priorities on which we could expect the new administration to focus on in the first 100 days of its mandate?
  • • Where could we expect significant changes and where could we see some continuity in government policies and actions?
  • • How will the incoming administration reconcile demands for increased spending on health, education, social programs with the need to maintain sound macro-economic fundamentals?
  • • In a July survey, 65 percent of participants said they expected security to improve under the new President and the new administration has pledged to "rewrite the rules of the drug war” by scaling back the role of the military in public security duties. Are the outlines of an action plan in this domain beginning to appear?
  • • What will be the new administration’s priorities in terms of foreign policy?
20:00 hrs. - 20:30 hrs.
Cocktail reception
20:30 hrs. - 22:00 hrs.
Official opening dinner
Featuring a keynote speaker
Monday October 22
08:45 - 10:00
Defining a new era in the fight against corruption
10:00 - 10:30
Networking Break
10:30 - 11:45
Dealing with the wealth distribution gap as a key obstacle to sustainable growth
The President elect has made of addressing income inequality one of the key priorities of the new administration. Mexico’s GINI coefficient which measures income inequality in a country is at 0.46 (0 indicating total income equality and 1 total income inequality). The wealth distribution gap in Mexico has in fact increased over the last six years with the income share of the top 10 percent of the population going from 34.9% percent in 2012 to 36.5% now. Beyond becoming increasingly un-sustainable from a political and social perspective, it is now a proven fact that a wide wealth distribution gap is an obstacle to achieving long-term high growth.

  • • What can be expected from the new administration in terms of addressing the long- standing disparities between the “two Mexicos”—the increasingly industrialized and affluent economy in the northern and central regions of the country and the impoverished rural economy in the south?
  • • What could be the changes to be made in the country's poverty reduction strategy outlined in the 2013-2018 National Development Plan?
  • • What fiscal policies could/will the new administration use to narrow the wealth distribution gap?
10:30 - 11:45
Embarking on Industry 4.0: What disruptive technologies mean for my business?
10:30 - 11:45
Revisiting Mexico’s energy policy
12:00 - 13:15
SSustaining Mexico as an investment destination
12:00 - 13:15
Challenges to globalization and International Institutions: What responses from Mexico
12:00 - 13:15
Dual Education = Technological transformation = Competitiveness
13:30 - 15:15
Plenary Luncheon
Featuring a keynote speaker
15:30 - 16:15
TBeyond a record year: Steps to sustain Tourism as a key growth driver
Mexico is now the 6th most visited country in the world with 39.3 million foreign travelers in 2017, a 12-percent increase from 2016, which makes the travel sector the third-largest source of income for Mexico. The forecast for 2018 should exceed 42 million. Despite the last administration efforts to encourage FDI in tourism and upgrade public infrastructure, the development of the sector continues to be hampered by serious security concerns.

  • • What are the top geographical areas for investment and visitor growth right now?
  • • How can stakeholders and the government work together to tackle the image issues still hindering the sector?
  • • Mexico’s tourism sector is highly reliant upon the United States: however, in the last five years, travelers from South America and Asia have respectively increased by 97% and 127%. What steps do public and private actors need to take to build upon the gains and further improve diversification?
15:30 - 16:15
BBlockchain as a game-changer for economic activity
15:30 - 16:15
Smart Cities
16:15 - 16:45
Networking break
16:45 - 18:00
Ensuring the future of Agribusiness as a key growth driver
16:45 - 18:00
Meeting the credit needs to sustain Mexico’s growth
Mexico has the lowest banking and credit penetration of all of Latin America. According to the latest estimates, close to 60% of the adult population still does not have access to a bank account, and those with access don't always use it, and the World Bank has reported that less than 14% of the population has access to formal savings. The picture is the same regarding banking services and credit availability for SMEs, and this despite reforms in the recent years aimed at improving conditions for increased private sector financing. Private sector credit as a percentage of GDP is about half in Mexico compared to what it is in Chile or Brazil. Banks remain a major source of funding to SMEs, as public financial institutions have funding difficulties to serve small enterprises. It is now admitted that a high penetration of banking and financial services is an important factor in promoting growth and social development.

  • • What are the key reasons for the low banking and credit penetration in Mexico? And how to remedy them?
  • • How is the increase of Open Banking in Mexico – especially the growing Fintech sector – could help boost the integration of a much larger segment of the population in the banking and credit sector?
  • • How could the package of reforms introduced in March 2018 truly help addressing financial exclusion – especially in terms of offering innovative services to those underserved by the current system and helping small businesses access credit?
16:45 - 18:00
What next to strengthen the automotive sector as a key growth driver: Innovation, strategic alliances, higher productivity and....
18:15 - 19:45
Where do we stand on NAFTA
20:00 - 22:15
Gala Dinner
Tuesday October 23
08:45 - 10:15
Mexico and the EU: Deepening shared interest beyond the trade pact renegotiation
08:45 - 10:15
Drawing the lessons from the past to improve security
10:05 - 10:45
Networking Break
10:45 - 11:30
Boosting E-commerce as a consumption and innovation accelerator?
10:45 - 11:30
The implications of new genetic revolution
10:45 - 11:30
Leveraging the multiplier impact of the aerospace industry
11:45 - 13:00
Infrastructure, what needs to happen now?
11:45 - 13:00
Getting out of the era of disappointing growth: What is really needed
In its latest Interim Economic Outlook, the OECD upgraded its forecast for Mexico-predicting that its gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 2.5% this year and 2.8% in 2019--representing a 0.3% and 0.5% increase on November numbers. Although structural reforms and sound macroeconomic policies have bolstered the country’s economic resilience, Mexico’s economy has grown at a rate of about 2 percent per year for the past 25 years—roughly, half the performance of other emerging nations. Why is it that despite its very rich natural and human resources, its sound macroeconomic policies, a wide manufacturing base and a good geographic location Mexico has not been able to achieve much higher sustainable growth?

  •  What have been the key structural weaknesses which have hampered growth so far that need to be addressed by the incoming administration?
  •  Should there be a re-ordering of priorities in terms of government policies and actions?
  •  How are companies shifting activities and enhancing their management structures to be part of the new growth models? What are the most promising growth areas?
  •  What would make corporate Mexico a much more active promoter and agent of higher growth?
  •  What role can a much wider and stronger startups ecosystem play in contributing to higher growth and stronger technological innovation?
13:15 - 14:45
Plenary luncheon
Featuring a keynote speaker
15:00 - 16:30
Celebrating Mexico’s Innovators
16:45 - 18:00
Looking at Mexico’s score card on diversification
16:45 - 18:00
A message to the new administration
18:00 - 19:00
Farewell reception

Registration Fees

We have different rates to attend the 16th edition of Mexico Business Summit

    • $22,000
      MXN + plus tax


      • Rate valid until 31th August
      • More than 30 Sessions
      • Includes Lunches and dinners during the event

    • $27,000 MXN + plus tax

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      • Rate valid until the day of the event
      • More than 30 Sessions
      • Includes Lunches and dinners during the event
    • Register
    • $18,000 MXN + plus tax

    • Future Group Rate

      • Rate valid until the day of the event
      • Limited to 100 Participants
      • More than 30 Sessions
      • Includes Lunches and dinners during the event
    • Register
    • The participant must attend the Leaders of the Future Program that takes place 1 day prior to the Summit and meet the following requirements:
      They are under 40 years old. They have started their own company or are in a strategic position within an existing company. They stand out as leaders in the economic, political or social field.

    • $22,000 MNX + plus tax

    • Chambers and Business Organizations

      • Rate valid until the day of the event
      • More than 30 Sessions
      • Includes Lunches and dinners during the event
    • Register
    • The participant must be part of the Chambers and Business Organizations that have an agreement with Mexico Business Summit.


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Mexico's Future Group Program (young entrepreneurs under 40), 18,000 MXN plus taxes.
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