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U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council to Discuss Ways to Enhance Commercial Ties

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Administration has announced the imminent establishment of the United States-Mexico Energy Business Council and is soliciting nominations for U.S. private sector members through April 18.

The objective of the Council will be to bring together representatives of the U.S. and Mexican energy industries to exchange information, industry best practices and points of view and provide actionable, non-binding recommendations that reflect their views, needs and concerns on creating an environment in which they can participate, thrive, and enhance commercial ties that could form the basis for expanded two-way trade and investment. The Council will consist of the U.S. departments of Commerce and Energy and Mexico’s ministries of Energy and Economy as well as a committee of private sector members composed of two sections, each with approximately ten members appointed by their respective governments.

Nominations are currently being sought for membership on the U.S. section. At least one representative will be sought from each of the oil and gas, renewable energy, electricity, nuclear energy, and energy efficiency industry sub-sectors. Each candidate must be a senior representative of a U.S.-owned or -controlled individual company, trade association or private sector organization that is incorporated in and has its main headquarters in the U.S. and whose activities focus on the manufacture, production, commercialization and/or trade of goods and services for the energy industries in the U.S. and Mexico. Each candidate must also be a U.S. citizen or otherwise legally authorized to work in the U.S. and able to travel to Mexico or locations in the U.S. to attend official Council meetings as well as independent U.S. section and committee meetings. Candidates may not be registered foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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