Mexican Senate approves opening of oil sector

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Updated: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:15:16 EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress late Wednesday approved a comprehensive energy reform that will break more than seven decades of state monopoly and dramatically expand the role of foreign and private companies in the country's oil and gas industry.

The package of new laws will now go to the desk of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has made energy reform the cornerstone of his platform to expand Mexico's economy and make the country a global competitor.

His other reforms have included rewriting telecommunications, education and election laws.

"Of all the reforms that have been done up to now, this is without doubt, the most important," said Carlos Capistrani, chief economist in Mexico for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "It has the potential to transform Mexico."

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