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Identifying, Assessing and Mitigating the Social Impact of Mexican Energy Development

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 examined the social, legal and institutional context in which this issue is developing. Miriam Grunstein, nonresident scholar at the Baker Institute Mexico Center, also presented her recent work — offering insights and case studies on the social impact of Mexico’s energy reforms — then opened the discussion to industry and academic experts.

This event was 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 LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections Matías Romero Visiting Scholars Program.

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Agenda

8:30 am

 

 

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am

 

 

Welcome and Introduction

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D.
Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Rice University's Baker Institute

9:15 am

 

 

Scene Setting — Mexico's Energy Context

Moderated by: Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Baker Institute

Jose Maria Lujambio
Partner and Director, Energy Practice Area, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton

Lourdes Melgar, Ph.D.
Research Affiliate, Center for Collective Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; former Deputy Secretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons, Mexico; and Nonresident Fellow, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

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

10:45 am

 

 

Break

11:00 am

 

 

Case Studies — Experience and Lessons from Social Impact Issues in Mexico’s Energy Sector

Moderated by: Melinda Taylor, Academic Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Presentation — A View of Mexico's Energy Reform: Legal Underpinnings for Social Impact Risks

Miriam Grunstein, Ph.D.
Matías Romero Visiting Scholar and Senior Energy Advisor, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin; and Nonresident Scholar, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

Discussants

Owen L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy Law & Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Benigna Cortés Leiss
Former General Director, Chevron Energía de México; and Nonresident Fellow, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D.
Chief Energy Economist and Head, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

12:30 pm

 

 

Adjourn

 

 

When?

Thu, June 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended

Where?

James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005

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