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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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

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

Press as Risk Factor in Mexico: Reputations and Brands in Play in the Energy Sector

Press as Risk Factor in Mexico: Reputations and Brands in Play in the Energy Sector MEI REPORT 818 (HOUSTON) — On Sept. 12, 2016, The New York Times ran an editorial “Suing Journalists in Mexico,” and called for legal reform to protect journalists from defamation suits intended to intimidate journalists. This characterization understates the challenges of Continue Reading

Pemex Migration Regime: Discretionality vs. Market Solution

Pemex Migration Regime: Discretionality vs. Market Solution This report, MEI 827, describes the Pemex Migration Regime, its purposes, limitations, time-line and peculiar lexicon. The report reconstructs the time-line in 14 steps, each with its own technical vocabulary — much of which consists of neologisms like “migración” that have no prior usage in Mexican legislation or Continue Reading