Thursday, March 12, 2015
Obstacles to a rapid return to high growth rates.
Peru's central bank took steps in the first quarter to boost the economy by relaxing reserve requirements -- growth having fallen below 2.4% in 2014, from 5.8% the previous year. Slowing domestic demand paralleled the declining dynamism of the external sector. The government predicts a recovery in 2015, but much will depend on whether proposed mining projects come on stream.
- Depressed growth rates will provide a negative backdrop to next year's presidential elections.
- Foreign exchange reserves are still plentiful, and Peru can afford to see these fall in the short-to-medium term.
- Investors may become increasingly wary of the 'good news' pitch projected by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.