Today, at the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council (the Council), government officials and private sector leaders from the United States and Mexico discussed ways to facilitate bilateral trade within the energy sector between these markets. Assistant Secretary for the Office of International Affairs Ted Garrish of the U.S. Department of Energy and Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Sarah Kemp co-chaired the meeting alongside, Director General Salvador Behar of the Mexican Secretariat of Economy, and Director General Nicole David of the Mexican Secretariat of Energy.
The two governments convened the private-sector members of the Council to provide an update on the businesses’ recommendations aimed at increasing trade in energy-related products and services. The Council’s recommendations were generated during the past two years by working groups focused on Oil & Gas; Power Generation & Electrification; and Workforce & Human Capital.
“In its short existence, this Council has demonstrated the important role of public-private partnership to identifying solutions to our shared challenges. Public-private collaborations such as this can be effective means for the discussion and exchange of ideas between the energy industry and our governments,” said Assistant Secretary Garrish. “There is no doubt of the importance of Mexico as it is one of our most important trading and strategic partners. Especially in our efforts to promote trade and North American energy security. We share many energy interests and chief among them are our goals to strengthen our energy security by developing North America’s vast energy resources, diversifying our energy supplies and supporting the growth of our domestic energy industries.”
The next meeting of the Council is expected to occur in Mexico City in late 2018.