As his 1st year in office comes to a close, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) looks back on a year of unforeseen challenges and roadblocks to his cabinet’s grand plans.
July 28 is the day that, every year, we get the day off to celebrate Peru’s independence proclamation. It’s also the day that the President of Peru gives his or her yearly progress report.
Incumbent President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) participated in the traditional walk to the Legislative Palace before giving the speech, doing little dances for the press along the way.
It seems he has managed to preserve some the youthful antics he showed when entering office a year earlier.
As is to be expected after the kind of year it has been for Peru, PPK’s tone was more solemn this time around. One of the defining moments was when he acknowledged that he and his cabinet underestimated how much El Niño floods and the Odebrecht corruption scandals were going to affect the economic reactivation plan.
Corruption was a recurring theme during the speech.
It was made clear that fighting corruption is a priority for this administration among economic reactivation and water/sewage infrastructure investments.
The infrastructure ambitions were somewhat toned down from 1 million Peruvians to gain water access by the end of 2017 claimed by Prime Minister Zavala earlier this month. PPK stated that 710,000 Peruvians would receive these connections by the end of the year.
On social issues, PPK declared a firm response to the recent statistics in the rise of violence against women in Peru: “Women’s fight is my fight.”
He also promised reforms related to Lima and other larger Peruvian cities’ traffic and transportation problems.
On citizen security, the President affirmed that “every week” major criminals in the country are caught by organized government raids. He also announced legislation to be presented which would give volunteer firefighters remuneration for times they serve in the line of duty as well as health and educational benefits for their children.