Prime Minister Zavala claims 1 million Peruvians will gain drinking water access by end of 2017.
Following up on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s (PPK) campaign promise to leave no Peruvian without running water nearly 1 year ago, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala announced ambitious plans for the end of 2017.
At the National Agreement Session, he claimed that 1 million Peruvians will gain water connections by the end of the year.
According to Andina, the Ministry of Construction and Housing has made official an investment of US$ 6.44 million towards water and sanitation infrastructure projects. This is laid out in Peru’s 2017-2021 National Sanitation Plan to invest over $US 15 billion in these projects by the end of PPK’s presidential term.
The Prime Minister also announced over US$ 3 billion of public investment is being implemented in road projects.
These infrastructure investments are allegedly part of the incumbent government’s plan to transform Peru into a modern nation.
PPK’s 1st year in office has been plagued by a number of unexpected events, including El Niño floods and the Odebrecht scandal. Antagonism with an opposition majority congress has also slowed progress, although it appears gains have been made in negotiations between political forces.
Time will tell if the government can overcome these setbacks in order to reach their ambitious goals for the Andean country.
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