Table: Mexico's Economic Dilemma

The government is trying to create an export platform while suppressing 
      consumer spending--and inflation. That pleases international financiers, but 
      businesses depending on the domestic market are in trouble.
      Maintain tight             Spurs exports and keeps current account in balance,
      monetary and fiscal        but businesses suffer from slumping demand as
      policy; keep peso low.     unemployment soars.
      Boost internal savings     Could eventually reduce dependence on foreign
      through privatization      capital but will take several years to pay off.
      of state pension schemes.  Political opposition expected to be significant.
      Step up privatization      Will attract investment and boost competitiveness
      of petrochemicals          by improving infrastructure, but some industries
      and communications.        worry about layoffs.

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