Despite photos of the president hugging babies and shaking scores of hands across the country, Mexico is not immune to the double whammy hitting major economies and energy markets: low oil prices and demand destruction due to the coronavirus. Indeed, for Mexico there may actually be a quintuple whammy if you layer on top of the two global trends three more particular ones at home: a recession and spiraling peso, plummeting oil production, and a massively indebted and fiscally imbalanced national oil company in Pemex. (more…)
Impact on the wellbeing of women living in the world’s remote rural areas. What is the role and impacts of technology and innovation?
By Jacqueline Sanchez
Imagine a fresh homemade meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by you or your mother every day. Sounds delicious, right? But what does it imply for women living in remote rural areas of the world where biomass remains the primary energy source?
Roughly three billion people (nearly 45% of the world population) rely on traditional use of biomass for cooking. Given this dependency on biomass, women in rural areas are exposed to high levels of black carbon as they go about food preparation. They inhale it for prolonged periods of time causing health problems such as respiratory issues, blurry vision, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even lung cancer. (more…)
The Institute of the Americas was pleased to collaborate on the inaugural “Women in Energy 2019” conference in Quito, Ecuador. Jacqueline Sanchez, Energy Policy Associate, participated on a panel of women professionals in the energy and finance sectors, including Daniela Espinosa, Co-founder and COO, Kushki, Laurie Fitzmaurice, VP Business Development Mexico, EDF Renewable Energy North America, Sofía Zárate, Commercial Specialist, US Embassy Quito and Rocio Velarde, Country Manager, Citibank Ecuador. The panel “Women Planning the Future” focused on key themes related to women in leadership, the role of technology, the current challenges and opportunities and the development opportunities for women empowerment for the next decade. (more…)
This December marks the one-year anniversary of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration. A year into his term, there is considerable clarity as to how his policies have impacted the investment climate for the energy sector. At an event co-hosted by the Institute of the Americas and Inter-American Dialogue, panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities that private investors face across various sectors including power, renewables, oil and natural gas. (more…)
Mexico City, Oct. 23, 2019. The Institute of the Americas signed a Collaboration Agreement with Mexico’s Chamber of Senators who are members of Mexico’s Commission of Health. Senators on the Commission represent all Mexican political parties including Morena, PRI, PAN, PRD, PT, and the Movimiento Ciudadano.
The purpose of this agreement is to establish a framework for cooperation and development of inter-institutional activities in the fields of life science and biotech, as well as other fields related to health in Mexico and the United States of America. The areas of collaboration include: biotechnology, medical tourism, community outreach, healthcare strategies, immigrant health, among others.
Institute President, Theodore Gildred, III stated, “Signing this important agreement to collaborate with the Mexican Commission of Health is an important step in the Institute’s implementation of its Life Science & Biotech Program. On behalf of the Institute, I am honored to enter into this collaboration with the Commission of Health. The commitment of 18 Mexican Senators is truly outstanding. The Institute looks forward to working closely with the Commission and its individual Senators as we move forward to address the opportunities and challenges in the life science and biotech arena.”
Over the Institute’s 37-year history, it has had a special and close relationship with Mexico, regularly hosting Mexican public officials, businessmen, thought leaders, academics, teachers, students and journalists at its conferences, workshops, seminars, and special events. The Institute has hosted several Latin American heads of state; including three Mexican presidents.
Founded in 1983, the Institute of the Americas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is headquartered in La Jolla, California. It has a broad network throughout the Americas playing a pivotal role in the Western Hemisphere as an honest and neutral convener. Its top three programs are its Energy & Sustainability Program, STEM Education Program, and Life Sciece & Biotech Program.
For more information, please contact Mr. Theodore Gildred, III, President or Dr.Martha Pizani, MAS Life Science & Biotech Program Director at (858) 964-1713. Email: [email protected]