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Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, visits Yucatán on Monday. Above, he greets families on the Day of the Child last weekend. Photo: Facebook/EnriquePN

Mérida, Yucatán — President Enrique Peña Nieto arrives Monday in Yucatan to fulfill a promise he made almost two years ago at the official residence of Los Pinos: inaugurate the new Yucatecan Brewery.

In what will be his 11th visit to the state as head of the nation, Peña Nieto also plans to also inaugurate Envases Universal — the Universal Containers plant built near the brewery — and the new Military Hospital, Diario reports.

His last visit to Yucatán was less formal. He played golf at the Yucatán Country Club in March.

Peña Nieto won’t stay more than a few hours; he is due to return to Mexico City that day.

The Grupo Modelo brewery in Hunucma is first on the agenda; a few meters away is the container factory. Both are located in the new Yucatán industrial park outside Mérida.

Once it reaches full production, the brewery will be the third-largest in Mexico. Forty percent of the beer the plant produces will be exported across North and South America, the Caribbean and Africa.

With this, Peña Nieto will fulfill the promise made on May 30, 2015 in Los Pinos, when Modelo CEO Ricardo Tadeu announced that the budget for the new site would more than double, from 2.2 billion to 5 billion pesos. 

To conclude his presidential visit, Peña Nieto is expected to cut the ribbon at Mérida’s new Regional Military Hospital, which was completed last month. Ahead of its official opening ceremony, the complex has already begun to provide services to military personnel. 

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