The chairman of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorsaid Wednesday he will receive Canadian companies that have complained about certain policies of his government, particularly electricity and mining, after meeting in the Mexican capital with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Canadian companies have denounced changes to the government’s rules of the game since López Obrador took charge and Ottawa began talks with Washington in July over its government’s energy policy, under the North American Trade Agreement, TMEC.
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“I made a commitment to Prime Minister Trudeau to receive companies that may have pending issues, a disagreement with our government’s attitude; we are always open to dialogue”said the Mexican president at the beginning of their bilateral meeting.
Three days before traveling to the Latin American country, where he took part in a Summit of North American Leaders in which the American also sat Joe BidenCanada’s prime minister told Reuters on Friday that he expected progress in the energy dispute at the trilateral meeting.
Since taking power in 2018, López Obrador has promoted legal changes in favor of the state-owned company Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), giving it a preponderance of foreign and renewable energy companies, some of them from Canada.
“We talked about companies operating in the electricity sector, we also look for solutions to problems, differences that logically arise when it comes to these economic, commercial relationshipsthe president added on Wednesday.
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In the mining sector, Canada’s First Majestic reported in 2021 that it had filed for international arbitration against Mexico over a lengthy tax dispute in which local authorities attempted to charge it some $500 million for an alleged tax debt.
In addition, López Obrador also said he had spoken with Trudeau about an investment Canadian company TC Energy had already announced to build a gas pipeline that will supply gas to the southeast of the country.
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