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Mexico: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

During the last three years, Mexico has had a number of successes and important challenges. Among its successes are a dozen structural reforms to labor, education, telecommunications and the electoral system. These reforms are remarkable achievements, and bringing them to fruition involved careful negotiation and engagement among the ruling PRI and the opposition parties, the PAN and PRD. However, no reform has received more attention than energy reform — which promises to increase private and foreign investment in Mexico, help develop the country’s energy reserves, reduce energy prices, make the country’s manufacturing sector more competitive, and increase Mexico’s role in the world’s energy markets. At the same time, Mexico’s democracy has not fully taken shape, the rule of law is weak, poverty is persistent, the peso has lost nearly 30 percent of its value and violence and crime are on the rise. This panel discussed the promise and limitations of Mexico's accomplishments and the challenges the country will face in the year ahead.

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6:00 pm



Welcome and Introduction

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

Keynote Address

Jesús Reyes-Heroles, Ph.D.
Nonresident Fellow, Mexico Center, Baker Institute; Executive President, StructurA

6:30 pm     

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Tony Payan, Ph.D.

Gary Hale
Nonresident Fellow in Drug Policy and Mexico Studies, Baker Institute; CEO, Voire Dire International LLC

Francisco Monaldi, Ph.D.
Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Baker Institute 

Jesús Reyes-Heroles, Ph.D.
Nonresident Fellow, Mexico Center, Baker Institute; Executive President, StructurA


Question and Answer Session

7:30 pm     Adjourn 




Mon, Dec. 14, 2015
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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