March 1, 2001
From his earliest days on the lower rungs of Mexico's financial technocracy, Francisco Gil Díaz's remarakable abilities earned recognition. "He was considered a comer from his first days at the central bank - exceptionally intelligent," says a former colleague. Gil Díaz, 57, brings a fine, highly trained mind and the weight of 32 years in public service to his new post as finance minister in the government of president Vicente Fox.
Paco Gil Díaz
The paradox of Gil Díaz is that, as people who know him say, his brilliance and his uncompromising commitment to market economics can
As finance minister, Paco Gil Díaz may not win many popularity contests. But with decades of experience and unwavering convictions, he is expected to hold down spending and raise revenues regardless of political pressures bearing down on him.