Zavala's speech: culture at the centre of policy

20 August 2016

Prime Minister Fernando Zavala has promised that his cabinet will place culture centre stage. In his first speech to Congress on 18 August, he vowed to ensure that the culture ministry is properly funded and that the government would promote culture, not only protecting Peru’s historical legacy but also funding new cultural initiatives.

Crucially he made direct reference to the importance of the sector of the ministry that looks after the so-called ‘intercultural policies’ and is in charge (amongst other things) of prior consultation (consulta previa). This seems to herald a recognition by the incoming government that mining will only be viable on the basis of dialogue with the communities that live close to mining operations (see PSG article on mining report). Also important in this respect is the policy to provide communities with land titles.

Zavala also alluded to the need to ensure there was equality in Peru, which he took to mean both for women as well as for different ethnic groups. All in all, a positive message.

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