The Western Hemisphere faces both challenges and opportunities in energy policy. Key reforms have facilitated investment in oil, natural gas and renewable energy in many countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and parts of Central America and the Caribbean. However, upcoming presidential elections in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, as well as the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, create uncertainty about the sustainability of these reforms and the region’s production outlook. The United States remains a key market and growing supplier for trade in oil, natural gas and electricity with Latin America. But US policy changes under the Trump administration may also have implications for energy trade and cooperation with Latin America, from the possible energy impacts of revising NAFTA to oil sanctions as a potential political tool against the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

Will Latin American oil and gas and renewables sectors see increased investment and production due to energy reforms? What are the opportunities for enhancing energy cooperation and integration between the United States and Latin American countries?

The Latin America Energy Conference will convene government officials from Latin America and the United States, corporate executives, and international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the most critical energy policy issues in the region. The event will be on-the-record.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Congressman Jeff Duncan, Chairman, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, US House of Representatives
  • David Banks, Special Assistant to the President for International Energy and Environment, White House
  • César Hernández, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Government of Mexico
  • Ariel Yépez, Energy Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank

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