News & Analysis

Desperate families seek to escape Lima

Faced with no work, no money and unable to pay rent for accommodation, some 1,200 desperate people, men, women and children, last week sought to return to their communities of origin in the sierra. With no other form of available transport, they took off from Lima,...

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Government eases restrictions on movement by mineworkers

With the extension of the period of lockdown, attention has been drawn this week to the plight of mineworkers caught in the at-least-partial shutdown of mines who are unable to return to their homes. The government has as a result modified its original decree to state...

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Government to issue decree on labour contracts

As the week ended, the government was preparing legislation (a supreme decree) that would facilitate the suspension of labour contracts given the economic difficulties facing firms. This would deny workers the right to remuneration so long as the suspension lasts....

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Covid-19 and the shutdown in the mining sector

MMG, the Chinese company owning Las Bambas and itself owned by the Chinese state company Minmetals, announced last week that it was declaring force majeure on some of its contracts to deliver copper. The announcement coincided with Vizcarra's announcement that the...

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Covid-19 and the prison system

A group that is particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus is that in the Peruvian prison system. The system is chronically overcrowded. According to the head of the National Prisons Council, Gerson Villar, the total capacity of the system is 40,600 prisoners; the...

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Covid-19 and taxation

Many are the estimations emerging from Lima’s consultancies about the impact of Covid-19 on economic output this year. In reality they are little more than guesses, since the impact of the crisis will depend on how long it lasts. Most agree, however, that it will...

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