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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Security risk and rule of law in Mexico

Security risk and rule of law in Mexico: Basic Considerations MEI Report No. 838 February 17, 2017 In the light of the disruptions of highway traffic and commerce, including vandalism, that took place nationwide in Mexico during the first two weeks of January, a fresh look at the issues of security and rule of law Continue Reading

Bilingual Glossary of ASEA safety guidelines for E&P

Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Safety Agency (ASEA) was created by law in the Energy Reform of 2014 as an agency to provide public oversight over the entire hydrocarbon value chain, from seismic surveys to service stations.

Mexico’s Energy Sector in 2016

Mexico’s Energy Sector in 2016 MEI Report 835 Houston, January 31, 2017 This report surveys developments in Mexico’s energy sector in 2016, taking note of high-level personnel changes and institutional and commercial developments. Most of our attention was placed on understanding the farmout strategy that Pemex announced in mid-July and that became the basis for Continue Reading

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