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Public Procurement Review of Mexico's PEMEX

Adapting to Change in the Oil Industry

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This report on Mexico’s state-owned oil company PEMEX is part of a series of OECD reviews of Mexico’s procurement institutions. PEMEX’s procurement system was overhauled after Mexico’s 2013 Energy Reform opened up the sector to private participation, requiring PEMEX to compete in an open market. Using the 2015 Recommendation of the OECD Council on Public Procurement as a benchmark, the review assesses the effectiveness and integrity of PEMEX’s entire procurement system while identifying a series of actions for improvement. A state-of-the art procurement system can not only help PEMEX achieve value for money on a sustainable basis, but also support other social and environmental policy objectives in Mexico.

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Ensuring Petróleos Mexicanos' accountability through transparency and stronger engagement with civil society

Ensuring an open and transparent procurement system in all stages of the procurement cycle is a fundamental element to guarantee fair and equitable treatment for PEMEX’s potential suppliers and to promote accountability of its activities toward all stakeholders. The Mexican legal framework on transparency and access to information has improved in recent years due a federal reform which introduced several changes at the institutional and substantial level. Further obligations apply to all public entities working in the energy sector and provide for enhanced transparency for PEMEX procurement information. This Chapter assesses the impact of the latter changes and elaborates recommendations on how to further ensure that transparency measures and mechanisms for stakeholder participation lead to effective accountability of PEMEX’s activity. Such assessment does not only consider the accessibility and the format of public procurement information, but it also addresses the balance between transparency and confidentiality, as well as the participation of social witnesses and the engagement with the private sector.

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