AddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Mexico’s future is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Dec. 14 HOUSTON – (Dec. 8, 2015) – A panel at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Dec. 14 will discuss the promise and limitations of Mexico’s recent reform accomplishments and the challenges the country will face in the year ahead.Traffic speeds toward the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, which commemorates Mexico’s independence.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Jesús Reyes-Heroles, the executive president of StructurA, a group of consulting firms including GEA, PROA, MBD and EnergeA, and former CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), will give the keynote address and serve as a panelist. Reyes-Heroles is also a nonresident fellow at the Mexico Center.The other panelists are Gary Hale, the nonresident fellow in drug policy and Mexico studies at the Baker Institute and CEO of Voire Dire International, and Francisco Monaldi, the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute.Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian will give welcoming remarks. Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center, will serve as the panel’s moderator.For the complete agenda and list of panelists, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1755.What: A keynote and panel titled “Mexico: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.”When: Monday, Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.During the last three years, Mexico has had a number of successes and important challenges, according to event organizers. Among its successes are a dozen structural reforms to labor, education, telecommunications and the electoral system. These reforms are remarkable achievements, and bringing them to fruition involved careful negotiation and engagement among the ruling PRI and the opposition parties, the PAN and PRD, organizers said. However, no reform has received more attention than energy reform, which promises to increase private and foreign investment in Mexico, help develop the country’s energy reserves, reduce energy prices, make the country’s manufacturing sector more competitive and increase Mexico’s role in the world’s energy markets. At the same time, Mexico’s democracy has not fully taken shape, the rule of law is weak, poverty is persistent, the peso has lost nearly 30 percent of its value and violence and crime are on the rise.The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1755.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.