Admiral Bento Costa Lima will have a budget close to US$10bn to address the country's needs in mining and energy.
Jesús Seade, chief Nafta negotiator for Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will continue fighting to lift US steel and aluminum tariffs after the signing of a new trade deal.
Mining production slipped 6.6% in September following August's 7.7% decline, impacted by a temporary dip in output at Goldcorp's Peñasquito mine.
Hydro has committed itself to invest some US$290mn at the Brazilian alumina refinery, which was ordered by local authorities to cut output by 50%.
Companies operating in Chile, Ecuador and Peru published results from their exploration programs.