OREANDA-NEWS. November 11, 2016.  New presidents in Mexico and the US are unlikely to alter the path of Mexican energy reform, which will open that country's markets to outside competition by the end of 2018.

The reform is unlikely to face push-backs from a new Mexican president, as it is championed by a coalition of parties, said Efrain Tellez, founding partner of ENIX, in a panel discussion at the [Argus Mexican Refined Products Markets conference](http://www.argusmedia.com/events/argus-events/americas/mexican-refined-products-markets-2016/agenda/) in Houston.

Any changes will have to be pursued through formal channels by the new president, said Rosanety Barrios, head of the energy ministry's Industrial Transformation Unit.

The US election is also expected to have minimal impact on the cooperation of US and Mexican companies in carrying out the reform. Unless the new administration establishes prohibitions on imports or international trade, investors are willing, Tellez said.

"We are open for business," said Eduardo Camero, head of the Taxation Policy Unit in the ministry of Finance and Public Credit.