According to El Comercio, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) met five times with Odebrecht’s Ex-President in Peru, Jorge Barata, between November 2004 and June 2005, when he was Minister of Economy and Finances of Alejandro Toledo’s government.
El Comercio cites the TV show “Cuarto Poder” saying that the first encounter occurred on November 19, 2004, and it lasted for 35 minutes. Afterwards, other two meetings took place on May 3 and 4 in 2005 where PPK met with Barata and other five executives from Odebrecht, besides the economist Sergio Bravo Orellana.
Orellana presided at the moment ProInversión’s award committee, that eventually gave green light to Odebrecht to build stretches II and III of the Interoceánica road.
The fourth meeting between Kuczynski and Barata was on May 18, 2005, with the ex-representative from Odebrecht, Daniel Villar.
El Comercio explains that the last, and fifth, visit was registered on June 6, 2005, this time with José Graña Miró Quesada, who was President of the Directory of Graña y Montero, as well as with “Rolando Albea”, from the Brazilian construction company, Andrade Gutiérrez.
Albea is believed to be Ronaldo Albes Pereira, representative of Andrade Gutiérrez, one of the companies that won the bid of the fourth stretch of the Interoceánica road.
Altavoz says that in spite that Kuczynski said at first that he did not have any professional connections with Odebrecht, he had to reveal in December that he was actually hired for financial consultation for the project H2Olmos, done by Odebrecht.