Opening Mexico's Energy Sector to New International Competition

Mexico's energy sector is facing important challenges as it struggles to meet the needs of the country"s rapidly growing economy. The Peña Nieto administration, like the Calderón administration, is well aware that the sector must modernize in order to meet the country"s future energy needs. The national oil company, Pemex, lacks the equipment, know-how and resources to explore new reserves and extract shale gas. The national electricity company, CFE, also needs higher levels of investment if it is to keep up with Mexico"s development in the 21st century. Although the political complexity of reforming the energy sector resulted in a watered-down bill in 2008, the new reform proposed in 2013 could be a game changer. It would allow private companies to bid for profit-sharing contracts in the entire energy chain in both oil and electricity. This would boost the Mexican economy with a substantial increase in foreign direct investment, and could even result in an additional 1.5% of annual GDP growth. Eduardo Pérez Motta, who recently stepped down from his position as president of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission, will shed light on the significance and feasibility of current energy reforms in Mexico.

 

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Speaker Eduardo Pérez Motta
Eduardo Pérez Motta was the chairman of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission from 2004 to 2013. Since 2012 he has been the chairman of the International Competition Network. He is also a member of the editorial board of Competition Policy International.Between 2001 and 2004, Pérez Motta was Mexico’s ambassador to ...

Eduardo Pérez Motta was the chairman of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission from 2004 to 2013. Since 2012 he has been the chairman of the International Competition Network. He is also a member of the editorial board of Competition Policy International.

Between 2001 and 2004, Pérez Motta was Mexico’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization. In that position he was responsible for preparing the Doha Ministerial Conference in 2001 and the Mexican Chairmanship at Cancun in 2003. From 1998 to 2000, he headed the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development’s Representation Office in Brussels, and he coordinated the Mexican team during the negotiation of the free trade agreement between Mexico and the European Union.

Pérez Motta has taught microeconomics and international trade at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and El Colegio de México. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from ITAM and a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Speaker Tony Payan
Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the fellow in Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute. He is also an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and serves on the graduate faculty at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. ...

Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the fellow in Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute. He is also an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso, and serves on the graduate faculty at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Payan’s research focuses on the applicability of international relations theory to the U.S.-Mexico border and other border environments. His work theorizes on various topics regarding international borders, including border governability, foreign policy attitudes on the border, and the manifestation of U.S. foreign policy at its borders. Payan’s publications include two single-authored books: “Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs” and “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security.” He has also co-edited four volumes: “Gobernabilidad e Ingobernabilidad en la Región Paso del Norte,” “Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity,” “De Soldaderas a Activistas: La mujer chihuahuense en los albores del Siglo XXI,” and “A War that Can’t Be Won: Binational Perspectives on the War on Drugs.” A more recent co-edited manuscript, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform After the 2012 Elections” is currently under review at Springer Press, and he is working on a manuscript titled “The Bird’s Eye View: An Institutional Analysis of Mexico’s 2006-2012 Security Strategy.” He has authored numerous book chapters and academic articles and attended dozens of conferences and workshops in the United States, Mexico and other countries. Payan earned his B.A. in philosophy and classical languages (Greek and Latin) from the University of Dallas and his MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He received his doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 2001.


 


 



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Speaker Erika de la Garza
Erika de la Garza is the program director of the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute. She is in charge of the Latin America Initiative programs, which include the Americas Project, the U.S.-Mexico Border Program and the Vecinos Lecture Series. Her chief areas of interest include U.S.-Latin America relations; ...

Erika de la Garza is the program director of the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute. She is in charge of the Latin America Initiative programs, which include the Americas Project, the U.S.-Mexico Border Program and the Vecinos Lecture Series.


Her chief areas of interest include U.S.-Latin America relations; emerging leadership; coalition building between public, private and civil society actors; and trade and business development in Latin America.

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When?

Mon, Oct. 7, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

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Where?

James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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