Kerry Asks AMLO to Open Energy Sector to Investment

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry. Photo: Google


U.S. Special Envoy for the Climate Change John Kerry on Tuesday, June 14, called on the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to open the country to private investment in the energy sector.

Kerry, who met with AMLO at the National Palace on Tuesday, said that the Joe Biden administration has been working through U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar to convince López Obrador to be more receptive to private investors in the industry.

“The president has been very clear,” Kerry said, after his fourth meeting with the Mexican head of state.

“The decision is to try to make it easier for these companies to be able to move forward to do business, and also send a message that the private sector can be a part of (López Obrador’s) energy transition.”

In an interview, at the end of the private meeting with AMLO and members of his cabinet, Kerry pointed out that “no government or company can do it alone.”

“We all have to work together and move forward,” he said.

“This time is a new opportunity for everyone, and President López Obrador expressed that he understands that.”

In recent weeks, López Obrador met with representatives of 16 U.S. companies concerned with different provisions of his new energy policy, which prioritizes state-run carbon-based energy sources over cleaner private alternatives.

“Based on what the president said, we believe Mexico welcomes investment from the private sector in order to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy,” Kerry said.

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