MEXICO CITY, July 8 Mexican laws that lay out
the fine print of a landmark energy sector overhaul approved
last year should be passed by lawmakers in early August at the
latest, a ruling party senator said on Tuesday.
The so-called secondary laws are key to implementing a
constitutional reform aimed at luring private investors into
Mexico's oil and gas sector, which is dominated by ailing state
oil company Pemex.
Passage of the laws has been delayed by bitter debate over
telecommunications legislation, which conservative opposition
lawmakers insisted precede any discussion of the energy laws.
The telecommunications laws were approved by the Senate last
week and have now been sent to the lower house for final
approval, clearing the way for lawmakers to take up energy
legislation, ruling party Senator David Penchyna said.
"I trust that this process will reopen today ... and once
this major telecommunications reform is approved, we can aspire
to do it in July," said Penchyna, Senate energy committee
chairman, referring to passage of secondary energy laws.
He added that both houses of Congress would have approved
all the energy laws, "no later than the first week of August."
Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)
President Enrique Pena Nieto has pushed a host of structural
reforms through the country's congress in a bid to boost
flagging growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy.
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; writing by Alexandra Alper;
editing by Matthew Lewis)