His Excellency Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico's secretary of finance and public credit, addressed the country's economic situation and the impact of reforms, growth and budgets on its future.
The McLarty Lecture Series of the Baker Institute Mexico Center features scholars and leaders with insight into the challenging policy issues affecting U.S.-Mexico relations, such as trade, energy, infrastructure, immigration, security and public safety, and the rule of law. The series is named for Thomas F. McLarty III to honor his distinguished record of business leadership and public service.
This event was a collaboration between the Mexico Center and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos — Houston.
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His Excellency Luis Videgaray Caso
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico
Luis Videgaray Caso was appointed Mexico's secretary of finance and public credit in 2012. He was previously named the director general for Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidential transition team after serving as Peña's presidential campaign director. Videgaray has also been the president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) State Executive Committee for the state of Mexico, as well as the campaign director for Eruviel Ávila Villegas, PRI's gubernatorial candidate for the state of Mexico. From 2009 to 2011, he was a representative (deputy) in the 61st session of Mexico's House of Representatives, and served as president of the Budget and Public Account Commission. He has also held the post of finance secretary for the government of the state of Mexico from 2005 to 2009. From 1998 to 2005, he was the director of public finance at Protego, S.A. In 1996, he served as the advisor to Mexico's secretary of energy, and from 1992 to 1994 he was the advisor to Mexico's secretary of finance and public credit.
Videgaray has received numerous awards, including recognition as "Finance Minister of the Year" by Euromoney magazine (2014), "Global and the Americas Finance Minister of the Year" by The Banker magazine (2014), and "Latin American Minister of Finance of the Year" by América Economía magazine (2014). He also received the Banamex Economic Award in 1995.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Welcome and Introduction
Tony Payan, Ph.D
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute