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U.S. Mexico Business Council Meets With Mexican Government

mexicoOn November 4-5, PESA Vice President Government Affairs Tim Tarpley, along with other members of the U.S. Mexico Energy Business Council and U.S. Government officials, including Beth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas from the Department of Energy, met with a delegation from the Mexican government, including Miguel Angel Maciel, Mexican Under Secretary for Hydrocarbons, and Marta Barcena, Mexican Ambassador to the United States.

At the meeting, the Council formally presented the Mexican delegation with its policy recommendations to help bolster energy cooperation between the two countries. Relevant highlights for PESA Members include:

  • promotion of technology sharing among both countries
  • construction of more midstream and downstream infrastructure in Mexico
  • expansion of the North American Development Bank to invest in energy infrastructure
  • maintenance of free trade between the two countries
  • the use of advanced drilling technologies to boost Mexico and Pemex’s untapped resources

The Council is comprised of private sector representatives from both countries and is committed to exchanging information and industry best practices in order to provide recommendations to both governments on ways to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico relationship on trade, investment and competitiveness in the energy sector. The council includes representatives from Baker Hughes, Bechtel, CEMEX, ExxonMobil, Hunt, Tecpetrol and Westinghouse,  along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, Mexican Secretariat of Energy (SENER), Mexican Secretariat of Economy (SE) and the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs.

The next step for the Council will be to push both the American and Mexican governments to begin to implement the recommendations. Should any PESA members have operations in Mexico and wish to learn more about the Council and the recommendations, please reach out to Tim Tarpley, VP Government Affairs.