Through a unity of purpose, we overcame decades of immobility in months:
President Enrique Peña Nieto
While enacting the secondary legislation of Energy Reform, President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that “thanks to a unity of purpose, we overcame decades of immobility in months; the barriers that have prevented Mexico from growing in an accelerated and sustained manner have been knocked down.”
During the event, held in the Main Courtyard of the National Palace, once the legislative process was completed the president declared that, “we reaffirm that this Energy Reform preserves and assures the nation’s ownership of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Comisión Federal de Electricidad —Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)—, hydrocarbons in subsoil and oil revenue.
He noted that “with this Reform we can extract deep-water oil and more effectively use our great shale deposits to obtain gas that allows us to generate electricity at a lower cost. The country will reduce its dependency on foreign supplies and will guarantee its energy security”.
After acknowledging federal lawmakers for “their splendid job in achieving and making this important reform a reality,” President Peña Nieto said that these changes will translate into concrete benefits for families, both in the city and the countryside, as well as for businesses, especially small and medium enterprises.
President Enrique Peña Nieto reaffirmed that “the Energy Reform is also a green reform because it promotes the use of cleaner fuels such as gas, which pollutes 70 percent less than oil. It will also allow the production of energy based on renewable sources like solar, wind power, and geothermal energy.”
The head of the executive branch emphasized that “this is the moment to put Energy Reform into action so the majority of Mexico can receive the benefits this landmark reform brings”. Consequently, he announced ten concrete actions, in the short and medium terms, to achieve this goal.
WITH ENERGY REFORM, THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS HAVE WIDENED THE PATH TO THE FUTURE: PEDRO JOAQUÍN COLDWELL
Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell expressed that “with Energy Reform, the President and Congress have widened the path to the future.” He also claimed that with the enactment of the Secondary Legislation of the Energy Reform, “this day is a watershed, a before and an after in the energy paradigm experienced for the past decades.
"A change in the way in which we relate our national identity to energy, which will now correspond to the realities of the twenty-first century, and the environment in which the Mexicans of this generation develop," he said.
The Secretary of Energy said both the CFE and PEMEX would be strengthened as they no longer function as decentralized public bodies and now become 100 per cent State-owned productive enterprises, seeking to become strong, sound, and competitive public companies.
He noted that Energy Reform will generate major transformations in two aspects; first, that the hydrocarbon industry has the capital and technology to access deep-water and unconventional resources, and second, that the electric industry will operate through an energy market involving public and private companies participating on equal terms.
ENERGY REFORM IS A PROFOUND CHANGE IN OUR NATIONAL ENERGY AND PUBLIC FINANCE INSTITUTIONS: Luis Videgaray Caso
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Luis Videgaray Caso noted that the Energy Reform "is a profound change in the relationship between our energy and National Treasury. It is a radical reform of the tax treatment of oil, gas, and electricity. "
He highlighted three key aspects in fiscal and budgetary fields, arising from the Energy Reform:
First. The financial strengthening of PEMEX and the CFE. The aim is to strengthen PEMEX in the face of the competition it will encounter, as well as the CFE in the creation of a new electricity market.
Second. Oil revenues and income for the Mexican State. Energy Reform, "in addition to generating, among other benefits, more investment, more jobs and providing reliable and cheaper power supply, will allow us to resume growth in the production platform."
Third. The creation of the Mexican Petroleum Fund, "which will aim to ensure that present and future generations of Mexicans, who are the owners of the oil revenue, receive the income for the good of the country. This Fund was constituted as a trust in the Bank of Mexico with a majority of independent counsellors”, he said.
ENERGY REFORM OPENS GREAT POSSIBILITIES TO MEXICO AND TRANSFORMS THE ENTIRE SECTOR IN DEPTH: GUSTAVO MADERO
The president of the National Executive Committee of the Partido Acción Nacional, Gustavo Madero Muñoz, said: "The Energy Reform enacted today opens great possibilities for Mexico; opportunities that had been denied for decades”. The reform transforms the entire energy sector to compete globally, improving the quality and price of products and services, increasing investment and job creation.
"It is a paradigmatic reform in its form and content, and in a particular way it opens a new era for the energy sector, and for our entire country,” he said.
The reform ensures national sovereignty over the ownership of hydrocarbons; opens the sector to private investment under models that maximize oil revenue; modernizes and strengthens PEMEX and the CFE as productive state enterprises with full autonomy; creates a competitive and efficient energy market, and defined strong and clear regulatory bodies.
"These are the tools that our country needed for years for the energy market, they will benefit all Mexicans," he said.
ENERGY REFORM IS HISTORIC IN ORIGIN AND SIGNIFICANCE: CÉSAR CAMACHO
The president of the National Executive Committee of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, César Camacho Quiroz, emphasized that the Energy Reform is historic in origin and significance and will be transformative for the country.
“This is a social vocation reform because the State will not only maintain ownership of hydrocarbons, but reaffirm its control in strategic areas, ensuring that oil wealth will lead to prosperity for all”, he said.
The reform will deliver transcendental changes to ensure that Mexican companies have sufficient fuel at prices that make them competitive, and allow them to have greater resources that benefit the most vulnerable populations with the support of social, education and development programs.
"The economy will be strengthened. Our production platform will be modernized and more environmentally friendly. Our energy sovereignty is consolidated in a climate of transparency”, he said.