News & Analysis

Growth rated lifted by fourth quarter results

The Peruvian economy grew by a fraction under 4% in 2018, according to figures published by the statistics office, INEI. The growth rate was lifted by relatively strong performance in the last quarter of the year. Last year’s rate compares with 2.5% in 2017. It...

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Political reform blueprint expected this week

This week will see publication of the recommendations of a special commission of political scientists and electoral experts to introduce reforms to the country’s political institutions and its electoral rules. The commission is chaired by Fernando Tuesta, the former...

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Meanwhile in Madre de Dios —

Meanwhile, indigenous organisations in Madre de Dios have met to review progress since 2014 on implementing REDD+ Indígena Amazónica through current projects such as co-management of the 402,000 hectare Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. They consider it important to...

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JNJ legislation promulgated

On 18 February, President Vizcarra promulgated the new law creating the National Justice Board (Junta Nacional de Justicia, JNJ). The JNJ replaces the defunct National Magistrates Council (Consejo Nacional de la Magistratura, CNM) as the entity responsible for...

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Castillo’s appointment a welcome change

As mentioned in our newsletter a couple of weeks ago, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, who was noted for his highly conservative political and religious beliefs, offered his resignation as Archbishop of Lima, having turned 75 on 28 December. Bishops are obliged to...

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Rains bring massive damage to southern Peru

Does history repeat itself? Well, not quite. This year’s extreme weather conditions in the Andes – avalanches and flooding – are not so much in the north of Peru (as in 2017) but more in the south. The worst hit areas appear to be in Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. The...

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Agreement signed under which Odebrecht reveals more

After several months of negotiations, an agreement was finally signed on 15 February between the Prosecutor’s Office (Ministerio Público) and the Brazilian company Odebrecht to provide crucial information with respect to corruption in Peru. The 800-page document...

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