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Peru has made progress in reducing its fiscal deficit, bringing it down from 3.1% of GDP in 2017 to 2.5% in 2018, before reducing it further to 2.1% in February 2019, according to the Central Reserve Bank of Peru. Furthermore, Scotiabank Perú, the local subsidiary of the Canada-based financial institution, has forecast the deficit will be...


What sectors of the economy is the government prioritising for foreign direct investment (FDI)?


When we took power in 2018 the country’s economic situation was far from ideal. In addition to sluggish growth rates, the country was going through a period of high political polarisation that generated an atmosphere of uncertainty, which was reflected in declines of both growth and investment.


Peru’s political climate has been affected by deep structural problems due to the country’s peculiar democratic framework, with the hybrid presidential-parliamentary system prone to deadlock. There are promising signs of change, however, as the administration of President Martín Vizcarra Cornejo looks set to bring about an era of stability...


What is the status of Peru’s OECD accession?


Peru is a major producer of copper and gold, as well as a prolific exporter of liquefied natural gas, seafood and agricultural products. In addition, it has significant oil and gas reserves, and is a major tourist destination, with some 4.5m tourists visiting annually. Many of these visitors flock to the country’s Incan archaeological sites,...

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