News & Analysis

Exit Villanueva as prime minister

For some commentators it was a huge surprise; for others it was just a matter of time. On 8 March, César Villanueva formally announced that he was resigning as president of the Council of Ministers. President Martín Vizcarra announced shortly afterwards that his...

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Senace criticizes the Hidrovia project, again

On March 6, Senace (Servicio Nacional de Certificación Ambiental para las Inversiones Sostenibles) issued a new notification declaring that the Ennvironmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the controversial Hidrovia project was void on procedural grounds. The EIA had...

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Tambogrande back in the spotlight

Proinversión, the government agency in charge of promoting and approving new investment projects, announced at the end of last month that a new US$350 million project, El Algarrobo, is under consideration. The project is in Tambogrande, Piura, and the peculiar...

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Coffee producers squeezed

Coffee producers, mainly small-scale farmers, are being squeezed out of the market by low international prices. Many have no alternative but to abandon their crops and seek alternative work picking coca leaves and producing cocaine paste, according to the Junta...

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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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