Paper Trail in Mexico’s Energy Sector

In this report, we give focus to a very Mexican characteristic in the law and regulations, which is to blur the critical path of decision-making in a fog of language about how one government agency advises another and a third making decisions based on the guidelines of someone else, etc., etc. The goal, it would seem, is to make 100 percent certain that there is no paper trail that would link any one public official to any given decision. That’s the Mexican way of doing things in matters of government procurement.

In an earlier report, Market Note 183, we commented on the 1,200 pages of documentation about the awards in the mega-tender. In none of those pages could a reader link any official, by function or name, to any decision regarding the procurement of those services.

We are curious about the provenance of these documents linked below. It strikes us as a bit odd that they should only be available in HTML, without a PDF download.

http://issuu.com/diario24horas/docs/borrador_de_la_ley_de_la_comisi__n

http://issuu.com/diario24horas/docs/borrador_ley_de_hidrocarburos

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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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