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Perspectives on Colombia: Opportunities in the Hydrocarbon Sector

In the 2000s, Colombia implemented important institutional reforms in the oil sector that allowed for a remarkable recovery in hydrocarbon production. The cornerstones of the reform were the creation of an independent regulatory agency — the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) — and the listing of Ecopetrol, Colombia’s national oil company, on the Colombia Securities Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. Colombia is continuing to work hard to promote oil investments and in the last two years has managed to attract new investors and reactivate the hydrocarbon industry in the country. 

At this forum, a panel of experts discussed their perspectives on the future of Colombia’s hydrocarbon industry. Diego Mesa Puyo, Colombia’s deputy minister of energy and mines, also presented a keynote speech on new investment opportunities in this sector.

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Energy StudiesColombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency and Vision Americas. Additional support was provided by the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston. Follow @CES_Baker_Inst on Twitter and join the conversation with #BakerEnergy.





6:00 p.m.




6:30 p.m.



Panel Discussion

Moderator: Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy 

Richard J. Douglas
Vice President, Operations and Legal Affairs, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo Inc.

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council

The Honorable Roger F. Noriega
Former Ambassador to the Organization of American States; and Former Assistant Secretary of State, Western Hemisphere Affairs 

7:45 p.m.


Keynote Address

Diego Mesa Puyo, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Colombia

8:10 p.m.







Wed, March 4, 2020
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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

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