Over the last three decades, oil’s importance in the Mexican economy has diminished, with energy products shrinking from over three-quarters of all exports in 1982 to less than 15 percent in 2012. Still energy’s role in Mexico’s politics has not receded, in part due to the federal budget’s dependence on the sector—taxes and royalties comprise roughly a third of total inflows into government coffers. As the Congress negotiates the secondary legislation that will set the ground rules for opening up the energy sector in Mexico, the government will have to address this dependence as well, weaning itself from Pemex’s largesse.
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- Policy Papers – Canadian Global Affairs Institute
- What Canada can learn from Mexico’s sugar tax: It’s no panacea for obesity – The Globe and Mail
- U.S. corporations back Canada, Mexico in meat-labelling dispute – The Globe and Mail
- No Keystone, no problem: TransCanada turns to Mexico expansion | Calgary Herald
- Forget NAFTA, the TPP is the new ‘gold standard’ of global trade | Financial Post