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Driving Performance at Mexico's National Hydrocarbons Commission

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This report applies the PAFER to Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission and assesses its functions, practices and behaviour. It focuses on internal governance, including structures and processes for decision making, managing financial resources, attracting and retaining talent, managing data and assessing performance. The review identifies a number of challenges and opportunities for improvement, and is a companion to reviews of the internal governance of two other Mexican energy regulators, the Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment and the Energy Regulatory Commission, and the review of the external governance of the country’s energy sector, Driving Peformance of Mexico’s Energy Regulators.

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Executive summary

The National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH) is a technical regulator overseeing hydrocarbon exploration and extraction in Mexico. Established in 2008, the CNH has substantially broadened its remit since the 2013 energy reform that opened up the hydrocarbon sector to competition. Current responsibilities include administering the auctioning of access to hydrocarbon reserves, as well contracts and entitlements, regulating and supervising activities undertaken by operators and assisting the Ministry of Energy (SENER) with energy policy. As part of the reform, the CNH has also acquired technical, operational and managerial autonomy.

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