With unity of purposes, in months we overcame decades of immobility: President Enrique Peña Nieto

Published on August, 11, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico

Read original in Spanish here.

While enacting the secondary legislation of the Energy Reform, President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that “thanks to the unity of purposes, in months we overcame decades of immobility; the barriers that 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, the President declared that, once the legislative process was completed, “we reaffirm that the Energy Reform preserves and assures the nation’s property over Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Comisión Federal de Electricidad —Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)—, hydrocarbons in subsoil and the oil revenue.

He noted that “with this Reform we can extract deepwater oil and more effectively use our great shale deposit 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 this changes will translate in concrete benefits for families, both at the city and at the countryside, as well as 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 per cent 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 the Energy Reform in 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 run, to achieve this goal.

WITH THE ENERGY REFORM, THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS HAVE WIDENED THE PATH FOR THE FUTURE: PEDRO JOAQUÍN COLDWELL

Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell expressed that “with the Energy Reform, the President and Congress have widened the path for 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.

Secretary of Energy Joaquín said both the CFE and PEMEX strengthen, as they no longer function as decentralized public bodies and now become 100 per cent State-owned productive enterprises, with the objective of becoming strong, sound, and competitive public companies.

He noted that the Energy Reform will generate major transformations in two aspects; first, that the hydrocarbon industry has the capital and technology to access deepwater and unconventional resources, and second, that the electric industry operates through an energy market involving public and private companies participating on equal terms.

ENERGY REFORM IS A PROFOUND CHANGE BETWEEN OUR NATIONAL ENERGY AND PUBLIC FINANCE: 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, just as the CFE in the creation of a new electricity market. 

Second. Oil revenues and income for the Mexican State. The Energy Reform, "in addition to generating, among other benefits, more investment, more jobs and paying 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. 

THE ENERGY REFORM OPENS GREAT POSSIBILITIES TO MEXICO AND TRANSFORMS IN DEPTH THE ENTIRE SECTOR: 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 the 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 the 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.

THE ENERGY REFORM IS HISTORIC BY 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 by origin and significance and is the most transformative for the country.

“This is a social vocation Reform because the State will not only keep ownership of the hydrocarbons, but reaffirms its rectory in strategic areas, ensuring that oil wealth will lead to prosperity for all”, he said.

The reform will derive 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 population with the support of social, education and development programs.

"The economy will be strengthened. Our productive plant will be modernized and more environmentally friendly. Our energy sovereignty is consolidated in a climate of transparency”, he said.

The Border’s Biennial

The institution of Tamaulipeco and the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts offers a call for Mexican and foreign visual artists and curators to participate in the Border’s Biennial. The Biennial’s aim is to promote the foreign and Mexican works and projects and the same time to create intercultural dialog between artists.

The deadline for the call in curator category: 22th of August 2014

The deadline for the call in artist category: 22th of September 2014

There are 30 prices offered for the participants for a total value of 900, 000 Mexican peso (approx. 51, 000 euros).

For further information, please visit the web page of the call.

DECLARATION OF PUNTA MITA

The 9th Pacific Alliance Summit started on the 18th of June 2014 and closed successfully with the adoption of the Declaration of Punta Mita on the 20th of June. The Summit was an additional step towards the formation of a wide zone where the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons is ensured which is one of the priorities of the Pacific Alliance.

Further information about the priorities and the structure of the Alliance.

Mexico joins the Latin American Integrated Market (MILA) – another step towards the integration of the Pacific Alliance

In the frame of the 9th Pacific Alliance Summit, which is taking place from June 19-20 in Punta Mita, Nayarit, it was announced that Mexico would be incorporated into the Latin American Integrated Market (MILA), which will allow the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) to initiate operations with the similar institutions of Chile, Columbia and Peru.

With this announcement, the Pacific Alliance is getting closer to a deeper integration, in which the free movement of capital will be possible.

More information about the Pacific Alliance.