Mexico’s energy reform has opened the oil, gas and electricity sectors to private investment across the value chain. Billions of dollars will be invested, often in rural, underdeveloped areas that are occasionally inhabited by indigenous communities. The social impact of such investments on local communities — such as the resolution of property rights issues and a not-in-my-backyard attitude — can be a source of conflict. How Mexico manages such conflicts will affect the country’s ability to attract much-needed investments. At this event, a panel of experts will examine the social, legal and institutional context in which this issue is developing. Miriam Grunstein, nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center, will also present her recent work — offering insights and case studies on the social impact of Mexico’s energy reforms — then open the discussion to industry and academic experts.
This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and Mexico Center, and by The University of Texas at Austin's Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business; Bureau of Economic Geology Center for Energy Economics; and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program.
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8:30 am — Breakfast and registration
9:00 am — Presentation