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The Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to host a panel discussion to analyze Argentina’s oil production. Remarks from the panelists will be followed by an open discussion with participants. Under President Mauricio Marci, Argentina’s government has sought to open its economy to trade and investment and boost oil and gas production by liberalizing energy prices and increasing foreign investment, with a goal of attracting $30 billion in investment over the next five years. Argentina, which holds the largest estimated shale gas reserves and second largest tight oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere, is the only Latin American country currently producing commercial quantities of oil from shale deposits. The Vaca Muerta shale play, with proven reserves of 927 million barrels, in western Neuquén province has attracted interest from domestic companies, such as national oil giant YPF, as well as international oil companies. Yet the country faces further challenges to develop its shale resources, such as negotiations with labor unions, environmental regulation, and relations with local communities.
**Fernando Oris de Roa, Argentine Ambassador to the US
**Omar Gutierrez, Governor of Neuquén Province, Argentina
**Paola Carvajal, Principal, Arthur D. Little
*Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program
This event will be in Spanish. Simultaneous translation in English will be provided.
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