Peru: Morning News Roundup – Tuesday Jan 15

Bachelet Rejects Peru’s Maritime Claims

President Michelle Bachelet on Monday flatly rejected Peru’s claim to an area of the Pacific Ocean that Chile has long considered its own. "Chile considers that no pending border issue exists with Peru," Bachelet said after a meeting with pro-government and opposition parties at the presidential palace. "The maritime limits have been established and the treaties put us in the right." Chile believes the border dispute was settled by treaties in 1952 and 1954, which set the maritime boundary along an east-west line running closer to the Peruvian coast. Peru counters that the two neighbors’ land border continue its southwesterly direction into the ocean at an angle perpendicular to the coast – dividing the sea more equally but boxing in the northern Chilean port of Arica. (AP – click here to read complete article)

Peru: first OLPC laptops ‘will arrive in February’

Peru will receive its first batch of XO laptops from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in mid-February, despite pressure from rival company Intel to drop the order. Forty thousand of the country’s order of 270,000 laptops will be delivered, Oscar Becerra, general director of educative technologies of the Ministry of Education, told SciDev.Net. The laptops, costing US$189 each, will be used in remote villages in the Andes and Amazonia regions. Becerra says villages where teachers simultaneously teach students at different levels of primary education were chosen. (SciDevNet – click here to read complete article by Zoraida Portillo)

Minister Oda Concludes Her Visit to Peru and Colombia

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, concluded her trip to Peru and Colombia this weekend, where she visited development projects funded by the Government of Canada, met with government officials and held discussions with non-governmental organizations. She discussed donor coordination and coherence in the future development of both countries and saw first-hand the effectiveness of Canadian contribution and the impact of the Canadian International Development Agency’s projects. “In the province of Ica, Peru, I saw the damage caused by the August 2007 earthquake and the poverty conditions in which communities in rural and remote regions are living in", said Minister Oda. "I was touched to see the difference that the Government of Canada is making in their daily lives by rebuilding schools and houses, and by offering basic services. (Canada News Centre – click here to read complete press release)

Peru : Handicraft sector finally in focus

Peruvian handicrafts export has contributed immensely to the country’s economic growth. By the end of 2007, the total export of these goods figured some where near US $142 million. As a result, this particular sector has become a lucrative enterprise for people who wish to benefit from foreign trade. In other countries like China and India, handicraft had always played an important role in earning foreign revenues. When given an opportunity to participate in international exhibitions and events, these countries make the most of it. Of late, Peru has also taken the initiative to participate in a number of trade fair to give a thrust to its budding handicraft sector. (fibre2fashion – click here to read completer article)

Bus plunges down precipice leaving nine dead in Peru

At least nine people have died when a bus plunged down a 40-metre deep precipice in south-eastern Peru, police said. Police are investigating whether rain or speeding was the cause of the accident, which took place on a road linking the cities of Cuzco and Quillabamba. The crash came four days after 14 people died when a bus fell down a cliff and was buried by a landslide in the north-eastern Amazon region, police said on Sunday. (Times of India – click here to see article)