Senate proposal: open Mexico oil to private firms

12:09 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexico senate committee is proposing to open the country's beleaguered, state-run oil sector to greater private investment.

The Senate proposal would allow the government to grant contracts to share oil and profits with multinational giants such as Exxon or Chevron, something that is currently prohibited under Mexico's constitution.

According to a draft obtained by The Associated Press, the proposal also would allow private contractors to list oil reserves in their financial statements. It goes much further than the plan introduced by President Enrique Pena Nieto in August.

The arrangements in the Senate proposal have been prohibited in the decades since 1938, when then-President Lazaro Cardenas nationalized the oil industry, a nationalist symbol that for decades that has been fiercely protected by the constitution from possible profiteering by foreign companies.

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