About: George Baker

George Baker

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.

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Why Mexico Needs Standard Farmouts

Why Mexico Needs Standard Farmouts This report was prompted by a seminar held at Rice University’s Baker Institute on November 1, 2016, on the subject of recent trends in the Mexican economy. During Q&A, the speaker, a deputy secretary from Mexico’s Finance Ministry, responded with surprise at the comment that Pemex and the government were Continue Reading

Mexico’s Problematic E&P Safety Regime

Mexico’s Problematic E&P Safety Regime Additional work needed for Macondo-scale regulation MEI Report 832 (Houston) The 2013‐14 Energy Reform in Mexico created a new agency that would be responsible for standards and compliance in relation to commerce in hydrocarbons. Unlike the United States and Norway, among other jurisdictions, where cognate agencies would be focused specifically Continue Reading

Mexico’s Energy Reform in Perspective, Part I

Mexico’s Energy Reform in Perspective, Part I What should EPN tell his successor about the oil reform? MEI REPORT 831 (Houston) — In this report, we consider the Energy Reform of 2013-16 as finished, with the exception of the restructuring of the motor fuel market. The report is a memorandum by the current president to Continue Reading

Advancing English Proficiency: What is possible in 75 minutes?

MEI Market Note 219 — Advancing English Proficiency: What is possible in 75 minutes? This report is a preview of material to be presented at an introductory workshop on English proficiency at an agency of the Mexican federal government. The initial goal will be to convince attendees that they are not actually hearing English as Continue Reading


TRUMP CLOUDS OVER MEXICO: Impact of a Trump administration on the energy reform MEI REPORT NO. 825 (HOUSTON) — This report was prepared with an appreciation of the reaction in Mexico and among Mexicans living in the United States to the unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 president elections. The report offers a Continue Reading