Energy Reform As PRI Franchise

Energy Reform As PRI Franchise: Looking for the long term

Major changes in energy policy in Mexico have always taken place during PRI administrations. This report asks about how the energy reform package of 2013-15 may be understood as a PRI work-product, that is, as measures that are influenced by PRI’s ideology and seven-decade experience of governing Mexico in the 20th century. The report sees that experience as a factor that negatively influenced the extent of the reform. The report speculates about the shape of a future energy reform that will go beyond traditional PRI constraints.

One of the concerns raised in the report is addressed in my column in MILENIO on July 19. The concern is that an essential element is missing from the upstream framework: a transparent path to obtaining a working interest in adjacent Pemex blocks (licenses). See

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Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.