Inauguration of the Financial Education Week 2017 and 3rd Anniversary of the Window of Financial Counseling 

  • The Financial Education Week (in Spanish Semana de Educación Financiera (SEF)) is an initiative of the Mexican Government – throughout its consular network in the U.S. And Canada – that began 6 years ago in order to provide the Mexican community in the U.S. with tools to financially and economically empower them.
  • During this year’s SEF, a help desk called MAEX was inaugurated at the Consulate in order to provide people with information about financial institutions and financial transactions in Mexico.
  • In 3 years, the Ventanilla de Asesoría Financiera (In English Window of Financial Counseling) has assisted more than 60 thousand people; more than 3,600 individual sessions; and 36 sessions of free tax preparation and consultation.

New York, N.Y. March 21st, 2017. – This past Monday March 20th, the inauguration of the VI Financial Education Week 2017 took place in the Consulate General of Mexico in New York in collaboration with various partner organizations and institutions; among the 50 consular representations in the United States, the Consulate in New York was selected to be the official inauguration.

The FEW (In Spanish Semana de Educación Financiera (SEF)) – which is celebrated from March 20th-24th - is a collaborative effort to provide the Mexican community abroad, with free and accurate information to improve their finances, manage their money and make it more productive; as well as protect their money and property; save for retirement, and provide other relevant information.

This year as well, is the Third Anniversary of the Ventanilla de Asesoria Financiera (VAF) (In English Window of Financial Counseling). In 3 years, the Ventanilla has assisted more than 60 thousand people; more than 3,600 individual sessions; and 36 sessions of free tax preparation and consultation.

For the inauguration, there were representatives of community organizations, governmental and financial institutions and diplomatic corps; as well as media and national organizations interested in giving advice on the first day of the information fair.

At the event, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, Diego Gómez Pickering, gave formal start to the week’s activities. After the Consul’s introduction, the other key speakers were Lorelei Salas, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs of New York City;  Pablo Defilippo, Vice President of Memberships of the National Federation of Credit Unions for Community Development; Mario DiCostanzo, President of the National Commission for the Protection and Defense of Users of Financial Services (CONDUSEF); Irene Baldwin, Executive Director of Ariva; Eduardo Baca Cuenca, Special Adviser of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME); Carlos Marmolejo, Vice President of Operations of the National Commission for the Retirement Savings System (CONSAR); And Raúl Castro, Executive Director of the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB).

In his remarks, the Consul General Gomez Pickering, stressed that this year the Consulate is doing special efforts to bring information concerning financial institutions and services to Mexican nationals who cannot easily make it to the Consulate in Manhattan’s location; and thanked for the collaboration of several organizations that are helping to carry out workshops in the Harlem and the Bronx, New Jersey and Connecticut, which is expected to have a greater impact on improving the quality of life of people of Mexican origin and their families in New York City and the Tri-state area.

Commissioner Salas from the Department of Consumer Affairs said: "The Ventanilla de Asesoría Financiera, which is built on the proven success of the City’s Financial Empowerment Centers, has and will continue to serve New York City's Mexican community in its fourth year. This model of serving communities in ways that best meet their needs is exactly what our Agency's mission is founded on and it is vital to helping families achieve financial health."

During his participation, the President of the Condusef spoke of the benefits that the launching of MAEX (help desk) – which will be in the Consulate of Mexico in New York – will bring to the community.  Mr. Di Costanzo mentioned that with this service, Mexicans that visit MAEX on the first floor of the Consulate, will be able to have information about the financial services and institutions in Mexico.

Through MAEX and the Ventanilla, Mexican nationals have more options to receive information and solve their doubts regarding their money and finances.

The Financial Week is a program promoted by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consular Network of Mexico, and through public and private organizations from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, has the purpose to improve the financial decision-making of Mexican communities in North America.

Based on the impact of previous editions, SEF 2017 is expected to assist nearly 100,000 people of Mexican origin in North America.

To learn more about of this week’s activities, visit our website: consulmex.sre.gob.mx/nuevayork