Ministry of Mines and Energy. Bogota D.C. October 10th, 2018. The economist named Diego Mesa has assumed his position as Vice-Minister of Energy this Wednesday, taking charge of facing the challenges of working for the sake of the energy transition and safety, promoting renewable energies and continuing to provide dynamism to the hydrocarbon sectors, which are the essential elements for the social and economic development of the country.
Diego Mesa is an economist from Concordia University in Canada, with a Master's Degree in Economics from McGill University, Canada, and is also a Certified Financial Analysis from the CFA Institute of the United States. He has over 13 years of experience in providing advice to both governments and private companies regarding matters of economics, taxes and tax-related affairs within the mining and energy sector.
"I am certain that thanks to the experience of Vice-Minister Diego Mesa, the hydrocarbons sector shall keep contributing to progress in Colombia and we shall advance towards the energy transition that this country needs", Minister Maria Fernanda Suarez stated.
Within the field of multilateral banking, Diego Mesa has served as an economist for the International Monetary Fund, where he has led and participated in over 35 missions for the sake of advising governments on the formulation of public policies for extractive industries, including countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Sudan, Trinity and Tobago, Bolivia, Guyana, Lebanon, Albany, Kenya, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and Nigeria.
In addition, he has also served as a manager and main economist for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Canada, where he provided advice to the public and private sector concerning the structuring and development of mining and energy projects as well as infrastructure.
Finally, the new Vice-Minister is the author of notable publications and has had an active participation during international forums on tax-related matters involving extractive industries.