Webinar: Bolivia‚Äôs Energy Future ‚Äď Perspectives for the Next Administration

Webinar: Bolivia‚Äôs Energy Future ‚Äď Perspectives for the Next Administration

Presentation (PDF)

Bolivia‚Äôs October 2019 election resulted in accusations of fraud, protests, counter accusations of flawed models and the president‚Äôs departure. Evo Morales left office ‚Äď and the country – after more than 13 years in power replaced by Jeanine A√Īez in charge of a transitional government with elections pending. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic added another layer of complexity to the election calendar. But, now, the parties have agreed to hold the presidential election on September 6. With the pandemic and lockdown to confront the virus, the economy and recovery are critical themes for the next administration.

How Bolivia’s government manages the energy sector will be a key element to the broader economic development strategy and recovery in the coming months and after the new team takes office. Natural gas, a long-time generator of income for the Morales government, slumped in 2019 as part of a global commodity downturn. How a new government approaches the role of the state and specifically the national oil company, YPFB, will be important to understand, as will the energy relationship that Bolivia has developed with its neighbors, principally Brazil and Argentina. The facets of the global energy transition and the incorporation of renewable energy and further diversification of the country’s energy matrix also deserves attention from policymakers and the next team.

Among the energy-related challenges that a new Bolivian government will face are stimulating exploration for new reserves and establishing new avenues for gas exports. Brazil is increasingly awash in Pre-Salt gas, while Argentina is developing huge reserves of shale gas, leaving Bolivia with smaller markets for its landlocked supply. Under Morales, the government promoted a new pipeline to Paraguay.

Beyond natural gas, Bolivia has been trying to develop its extensive lithium reserves. Its fledgling effort recently sputtered with the government’s repeal of a joint venture agreement between Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company YLB and Germany’s ACI Systems to tap brine lithium from the Uyuni salt flats.

To better understand how the next administration will confront the energy challenges and role of the sector to drive economic development and recovery, we are pleased to convene a panel of Bolivian energy experts from across the political spectrum. The representatives will discuss their respective parties vision for the energy sector, their platform, and how, if elected, they will address the sector and what policy measures and steps they will take.

Join us for a virtual panel with Richard Botello, President of YPFB (pending); Miguel Antonio Roca, Spokesman for Comunidad Ciudadana and Coordinator of the Economic Team and Candidate for Congress from La Paz; Oscar Barriga, former president of YPFB and advisor to the MAS party.

Jose Luis Manzano, an IOA Board Member and Chairman of Integra Capital, will offer opening remarks and insights on the context for the global energy sector and in the Southern Cone.

The virtual panel webinar will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00am San Diego (12:00 pm La Paz; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). The webinar will include a discussion and Q&A session with the audience.

El Futuro del Sector Energ√©tico de Bolivia ‚Äď Perspectivas para la pr√≥xima administraci√≥n

Las elecciones de octubre del 2019 en Bolivia resultaron en acusaciones de fraude, protestas, contra acusaciones de modelos defectuosos y la salida del presidente. Evo Morales dej√≥ el cargo, y el pa√≠s, despu√©s de m√°s de 13 a√Īos en el poder, reemplazado por Jeanine A√Īez, quien qued√≥ a cargo de un gobierno de transici√≥n con elecciones pendientes. La llegada de la pandemia COVID-19 agreg√≥ otra capa de complejidad al calendario electoral. Pero ahora, los partidos acordaron realizar las elecciones presidenciales el 6 de septiembre. Con la pandemia y cuarentena para enfrentar el virus, la econom√≠a y la recuperaci√≥n son temas cr√≠ticos para la pr√≥xima administraci√≥n.

La forma en que el gobierno de Bolivia maneje el sector energ√©tico ser√° un elemento clave para la estrategia general de desarrollo econ√≥mico y de recuperaci√≥n en los pr√≥ximos meses y despu√©s de que el nuevo equipo asuma su cargo. El gas natural, un generador de ingresos durante mucho tiempo para el gobierno de Morales, se desplom√≥ en el 2019 como parte de la ca√≠da del mercado mundial de productos b√°sicos. Ser√° importante entender c√≥mo un nuevo gobierno aborda el papel del estado y espec√≠ficamente la compa√Ī√≠a petrolera nacional, YPFB, al igual que la relaci√≥n energ√©tica que Bolivia ha desarrollado con sus vecinos, principalmente Brasil y Argentina. Las facetas de la transici√≥n energ√©tica global y la incorporaci√≥n de energ√≠as renovables, as√≠ como una mayor diversificaci√≥n de la matriz energ√©tica del pa√≠s, tambi√©n merecen la atenci√≥n de los encargados de formular pol√≠ticas y del pr√≥ximo equipo de trabajo.

Entre los desaf√≠os relacionados con la energ√≠a que enfrentar√° el nuevo gobierno boliviano est√°n estimular la exploraci√≥n de nuevas reservas y establecer nuevas v√≠as para las exportaciones de gas. Brasil est√° cada vez m√°s inundado de gas Pre-Sal, mientras que Argentina est√° desarrollando enormes reservas de gas de esquisto, dejando a Bolivia con mercados m√°s peque√Īos para su suministro sin litoral. Bajo Morales, el gobierno promovi√≥ un nuevo gasoducto a Paraguay.

M√°s all√° del gas natural, Bolivia ha estado tratando de desarrollar sus extensas reservas de litio. Este nuevo esfuerzo recientemente produjo resultados con la derogaci√≥n por parte del gobierno de un acuerdo de empresa conjunta entre la compa√Ī√≠a estatal de litio YLB de Bolivia y ACI Systems de Alemania para explotar el litio de salmuera de las salinas de Uyuni.

Para comprender mejor cómo la próxima administración enfrentará los desafíos energéticos y el papel del sector para impulsar el desarrollo económico y la recuperación, nos complace convocar a un panel de expertos en energía bolivianos de todo el espectro político. Los representantes discutirán la visión de sus respectivos partidos para el sector energético, su plataforma y si son elegidos, cómo abordarán el sector y qué políticas y pasos implementarán.

Unase a nuestro panel virtual con Richard Botello, Presidente de YPFB (pendiente); Miguel Angel Roca, Vocero de Comunidad Ciudadana y Coordinador del Equipo de Economía y Candidato a Diputado por La Paz y Oscar Barriga, expresidente de YPFB y asesor del partido MAS.

José Luis Manzano, miembro de la Junta del IOA y presidente de Integra Capital, ofrecerá unas palabras de apertura y perspectivas en el contexto del sector energético global y del Cono Sur.

El panel virtual se llevará a cabo el martes 30 de junio a las 9:00 am San Diego (12:00 pm La Paz; GMT / UTC Р8 horas). El panel incluirá una discusión y sesión de preguntas y respuestas con la audiencia.

Non-Profit Executive Richard Kiy named Institute of the Americas’ new President and CEO

Non-Profit Executive Richard Kiy named Institute of the Americas’ new President and CEO

For more information, please contact:
Chairman of the Board, Mr. Jorge Rosenblut
Vice President & Board Secretary, Mrs. Sherry White or call +1 (858) 335-1133

 

June 23, 2020 La Jolla, California USA ‚Äē The Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas (IOA) is pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Kiy will be the Institute‚Äôs new President and CEO effective August 1, 2020. Kiy brings over 25 years of experience to the position having led philanthropic, business, and government organizations, both domestically and internationally, with much of his career‚Äôs work focused on Latin America. This, together with his prior residence in two Latin American countries, made Kiy an ideal candidate for the position.

 

IOA chairman Jorge Rosenblut noted, “Richard brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the Americas, as well as institutional building expertise. His boundless energy and entrepreneurial spirit will be particularly important to identify and quickly take advantage of unprecedented opportunities our current COVID-19 environment is bringing to light. His unique success in the private, public, and non-for-profit sectors made him the natural person to lead the IOA to a great future. My fellow board members and I are excited to help him succeed in developing a stronger foundation for the Institute and taking the IOA to new heights.”

 

Kiy is currently Managing Partner of Alumbra Advisors, a consulting firm. Prior to that, for nearly 14 years, Kiy was President and CEO of the International Community Foundation (ICF) where he took the philanthropic organization’s assets from $1 million to $22 million; increased its base of donors and secured $76 million in charitable gifts to further ICF’s mission. He also expanded ICF’s geographic reach beyond the San Diego/Tijuana border region, expanding the foundation’s grant-making throughout Mexico as well as 11 other countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. He also developed several new program areas for ICF that are still active today. While at ICF, he served as Chairman and a founding board member of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership.

 

Previous to his work at ICF, he spent two years with PriceSmart, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Business Development expanding its business reach into 6 countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Earlier on, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Technical Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) in Washington, D.C. as well as the Acting Environmental Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

 

Kiy’s other private sector experience includes having served as Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)’s Mexican subsidiary, expanding the company’s environmental technology solutions and services business in Mexico following NAFTA’s passage. Later, he helped SAIC secure a multi-year $1.2 billion contract leading to a joint venture company with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) where he was Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Information Systems.

 

Living in Escondido, California, Kiy is fluent in Spanish and holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.

 

Kiy remarked, “My time away from leading ICF has re-affirmed my calling to return to the nonprofit sector where I can make a meaningful social impact in a region I care deeply about, Latin America.” Kiy noted, “I believe the Institute has a unique opportunity to spur expanded innovation, economic resilience, as well as greater social and environmental responsibility in the region. As President, I hope to leverage my diverse professional experience to enhance IOA‚Äôs reputation, reach and its sustained growth.”

 

Rosenblut concluded adding, “The Board is grateful to the Institute‚Äôs Interim President Theodore E. Gildred, III for stepping in to help guide the Institute during the 18-month transitional period participating in Institute programming, launching a new potential program, and managing the staff while the search process for the new President & CEO was underway. His commitment to the Institute is strong, and the time he took from his own business to help the Institute is much appreciated, and now Ted will return to help the IOA from his seat on the Board.”

 

Latin America’s Potential Green Hydrogen Economy

This article was first published by Inter Press Services

By Cecilia Aguillon
Cecilia Aguillon is Director of the Energy Transition Initiative at the Institute of the Americas in La Jolla, California

 

Providencia Solar Company

The Providencia Solar company, El Salvador. Latin America counts some of the globe’s most abundant and cost competitive renewable energy resources including hydroelectricity, solar, and wind. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS

 

LA JOLLA, California, Jun 22 2020 (IPS)

The COVID-19 pandemic and crisis has led to increasing attention and clamor to redouble efforts toward an energy transition that would help the world reduce C02 emissions. In many countries of the region, how to manage hydrocarbons, but with an eye on the energy transition has only been accentuated. We believe clean hydrogen is part of that broader policy and reconstruction debate.

Clean hydrogen markets can be a key part of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerate the decarbonization of Latin America‚Äôs electricity and transportation sectors, attract investment and create jobs. Indeed, the possibilities for oil and gas companies to produce and deliver hydrogen should facilitate and accelerate its adoption in Latin America particularly when combined with the region‚Äôs considerable renewable energy upside. (more…)

Clean Energy in Mexico Webinar Series

Clean Energy in Mexico Webinar Series

 

Co-Hosted by: Institute of the Americas and Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center

 

PRESENTATION (PDF)

A major public policy debate is underway in Mexico over the role of clean energy for the country’s power market. There are major ramifications for Mexico’s economy and its climate goals. The Lopez Obrador administration has been aggressively pushing to revise the regulatory and investment framework for renewables in Mexico for months, but has ramped up their efforts since late April. Recent delays of approved projects and the prioritizing of state power firm CFE and the use of hydrocarbons to generate electricity have set off heated debate and legal challenges, and led to great uncertainty in Mexico’s power sector.

To further the discussion of clean energy in Mexico and to address the issues at the core of the government’s oppositional posture, we are pleased to launch this new webinar series.

The series will draw upon the expertise of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center and its decades of experience fostering high-level research and efforts to inform public policy with the experience and reach of the Institute of the Americas to shape and inform public policy surrounding energy and environment in Latin America and deep experience in Mexico.

Our jointly-published paper ‚ÄúThe Economic and Strategic Arguments for Renewable Energy in Mexico,‚ÄĚ authored by lawyer and policy expert John McNeece, will anchor our discussions. The paper and its rigorous analysis will set the stage for a high-level policy debate, through a series of webinar presentations, that will address the issues set forth by the administration and discuss the future of clean energy in Mexico. John McNeece will kick-off the series on June 11 with a presentation based upon his report.

The Clean Energy in Mexico webinar series will provide a research-based platform for further analysis and discussion of these critical issues with the objective of informing and shaping the public policy debate.

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