News & Analysis

2019 mining investments underwhelming

According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, this year’s programme of mining investments is stalling because of the suspension of a number of key projects, of which by far the most important is Tía María in Arequipa. At the beginning of the year, Minem announced...

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Economy in slowdown

Two weeks back we argued that the official growth figure for 2019 was far removed from reality. Last week, Prime Minister Salvador del Solar was obliged to admit that the Ministry of Economy and Finance had been persuaded to reduce its growth forecast from 4.2% to...

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Tullow sails into potentially stormy waters

On 6 June, fishermen from the communities of Paita, Sechura and Talara, located in the north-western region of Piura and Tumbes, took to the streets to protest at the concession recently granted by the Peruvian government to British-Irish oil company Tullow Oil....

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Mining protests in Puno and Piura

In Azángaro province in Puno, communities along the Ramis river, are protesting about the alleged contamination caused by mining projects in the area. They threaten an indefinite strike if their complaints are not dealt with. For more detail, see here. At the other...

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Aduviri trial raises tensions in Puno

Behind judicial verdicts lie political interests, or so the supporters of Puno Governor Walter Aduviri believe. With a judicial verdict in his case likely to come up next month, Aduviri’s backers are threatening to mobilise their not inconsiderable political weight in...

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Presidential popularity surge, but for how long?

Lacking a political party to back him up, President Martín Vizcarra’s political muscle in dealing with a recalcitrant Congress is his personal popularity. And there is no doubt that a confrontational stance towards Congress, or at least its fujiaprista majority, wins...

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Traincrash averted, at least for now

On 5 June, after two days of debate, Congress gave its support to the cabinet led by Salvador del Solar and its programme of political reform. Congress will need to approve these reforms by the end of the current legislature which could feasibly be extended to 15...

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