PPK seeks to reignite the Peruvian economy’s growth by increasing the value of mining exports by 25 percent, through simplifying bureaucratic processes to open mining projects and reviving stalled mining projects.
There are several challenges PPK will have to overcome to achieve his mining sector goals, including garnering congressional support, low commodity prices, social conflicts in areas where mines are concentrated, and illegal mining, which has a production value of US$1.3 billion.
The new government seeks to diversify Peru’s energy sector, with a focus on developing natural gas and expanding energy infrastructure, such as widening of the Transportadora de Gas del Perú (TGP) pipeline network and finish the Gasoducto Sur Peruano (GSP).
Against the backdrop of tumbling gas prices around the world (FT), Argentina’s Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF) increased its shale oil production from the Vaca Muerta fields over the last year from 44,000 to 50,000 barrels per day. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, Argentina’s domestic oil prices are at $67 a barrel versus the international price that hovers around $40 per barrel (WTI 39.91 and Brent $40.54 on 21 March), shielding YFP and its partners from the effects of the global dip in prices. In 2015, YFP increased spending by 4 percent instead of cutting spending -- other international companies cut as much as 20 to 40 percent.