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Russian-Mexican energy forum
On the results of Mexican-Russian
Strategic Planning Forum
On February 6-7, 2019 the Senate of the United Mexican States (hereinafter – Mexico, the States) hosted Mexican-Russian Strategic Planning Forum: “Prospectives for the development of energy industry within the economics of Mexico”. The event was organized by the Committee of Foreign Relations Asia-Pacific-Africa and the Committee for Energy of the Mexican Senate under the auspices of international group PIC and Russian Consulting Bureau “LEGINT”.
Mexican part at the event was represented by senators and members of the Mexican Congress, representatives of Mexican federal authorities, state and private oil and gas companies, social organizations committed to the expansion of cooperation with Russia.
The forum was attended by Deputy Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, special presidential representative of the Russian Federation – Alexander Babakov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in Mexico -Viktor Koronelli. Bureau LEGINT during the lead-time and further at the forum was represented by Director General Ms. Anastasia Samarkina.
Inaugural speech was delivered by Chairwoman of the Committee of Foreign Relations Asia-Pacific-Africa of the Mexican Senate Mrs. Cora Cecilia Pinedo Alonso. In particular, she stressed that the reform of energy sector of economics of the UMS is one of the most important and high-priority objectives of the new Mexican government. Activities in this field allow for implementation of a range of interconnected infrastructural projects in various regions of the country and call for efficient joint work of public agencies, authorities of the states, large businesses actively powered by foreign counterparts, and in the first place by the Russian Federation. Mrs. Pinedo expressed her deepest belief that participation of Moscow and the representatives of business establishment of our country will contribute to implementation of the most important and mutually beneficial projects in the field of energy provided that investment prospects are backed by state guarantees and high recoupment. The Mexican Senator called the participants for efficient joint work which meets the national interests of the Forum participating countries. (more…)
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