The airline LATAM Perú announced that it would resume flights between Lima and Montevideo from May. The airline plans to offer three flights a week between Peru and Uruguay's capitals.
The government programme 'A comer pescado' helped boost fish consumption in Peru, reaching 140 tons in February and representing a 944% increase from the same time last year. Promotion strategies from the Production Ministry contributed to this growth of hydrobiological resources in the country.
The Central Reserve Bank of Peru predicts that the metal mining GDP of the country will grow by 14% this year, therefore boosting the post-pandemic economy. Seven mining projects should start construction this year, followed by at least 6 other projects in the next 3 years, all amounting to $11.7 billion investment.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines announced that Ica region's electric supply would be improved with two new transformer substations, requiring an $18.3 million investment. The concessions for these two projects were awarded to the company Interconexión Eléctrica as part of a public tender. A better electric system will boost the local economy and benefit around 60,000 Peruvians.
Peru's government declared that it currently was in advanced negotiation with Russian laboratory Gamaleya in order to secure 20 million Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses. In addition, Peruvian executives are continuing negotiations with Sinovac, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson over respectively 7 million, 12 million and 5 million doses, as part of their objective to acquire a total of 80 million vaccines for the population.
Peru's Minister of Education, in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners, announced the launch of the 3-year Education Cannot Wait programme, supported by an initial fund of $7.4 million and expected to raise a total of $13 million. This global fund aims to improve education for around 30,000 children refugees in Peru from 2021 to 2023.
Peru received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility mechanism, consisting of 117,500 doses from Pfizer. This batch complements the 50,000 doses already acquired by the government directly from Pfizer.