Trust is at the heart of Mexico's challenges today. In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses how public distrust, and its cost ramifications, not only makes Mexico poorer and less dynamic, but also hinders the capacity to tackle some of the country's key challenges.
Mexico's Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for International Engagement in the Gulf of MexicoMar 04, 2015
On February 12, 2015, the Mexico Institute co-sponsored an event on Mexico's Energy Reform that took place at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event focused primarily on the current status of the energy reform and the impacts on offshore production. Transboundary hydrocarbon issues such as exploration, production and spill response were also discussed during this all day conference.
Due to the energy reform in Mexico, PEMEX lost exclusivity in the supply chain on virtually all hydrocarbon activities; now, PEMEX has to compete. Insofar as the reform states, PEMEX will continue operating as the national oil company, and it is expected to do so in the same conditions as other competing companies. That seems fine, until reality reveals its fiscal situation.
Perhaps the greatest challenge Mexico is facing is building a genuine Rule of Law. Although some advances have been achieved, the road still looks challenging. With this series, the Mexico Institute seeks to provide arguments and analysis for understanding the problems of transparency and Rule of Law that Mexico is facing.
In this info-graphic, the Mexico Institute illustrates measures undertaken by the Mexican State to address challenges of transparency and corruption.
Christopher Wilson and Erik Lee discuss seven ideas to strengthen competitiveness at the U.S.-Mexico border. These ideas are drawn from a compilation of 27 ways to strengthen border competitiveness, outlined in the report "The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition."
In this info-graphic, the Mexico Institute compares state and municipal police rates across the country.
The Mexico Institute charts how the Mexican State is fighting corruption. This infographic analyses Mexico's institutions and the current debate in Congress. It also illustrates some of our recommendations.
The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has released a new report, “The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition.” The report provides insight into day to day life and commerce along the border, and provides a series of recommendations to strengthen competitiveness. We spoke with Mexico Institute Senior Associate, Chris Wilson, to learn more about both the unique process behind the report and also about some of the best ideas emerging from the year-long project. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the United States Department of Transportation made an important announcement that has not received the recognition it deserves: the Department of Transportation will begin to process applications of Mexican land freight trucking companies wishing to provide international services in the United States. This topic is worth remembering for the lessons it leaves us with.