President Lopez Obrador at Six Months

Reinventing the Office of the President of Mexico

(MEI 897, Houston, May 29, 2019) This report addresses two broad questions: During the first six months of the López Obrador administration, how has the national interest been served? In parallel, is the Mexico risk premium overpriced or underpriced in the energy sector? Table 1 lists 13 unforced errors, that is, errors that were not forced on the president by opponents or circumstances. We observe that there is an opportunity cost in the president’s dedicating 10 or more hours a week to press briefings: the time is taken away from other presidential responsibilities, such as visiting foreign leaders and holding the national flag high in international gatherings.

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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.