Lima, Jan. 7, 2016: Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C) pushes a cart during a rally at a local market (source: dpa)

Dysfunctional politics stands in the way of Peru’s economy

More than 10 years of spectacular economic growth have come to an end in Peru with the conclusion of an era of extraordinarily high commodity prices. This sharp downturn coincides with general elections for the presidency and the legislature. Investors and Peruvians in general are assessing what has been achieved, weighing the challenges that the country is facing and trying to find the best ways to resume the positive development cycle.

Peru’s gross domestic product is estimated to have grown by 2.8 percent in 2015 – an excellent result when seen against the background of the contraction of 0.3 percent that Latin America recorded in the same period. According to most analysts, though...

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 Carlos Basombrio
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