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Economic outlook

29/04/2020

Peru in 2020: Unprecedented crisis and challenges

José Carlos Saavedra, Partner and Principal economist.

The world is suffering the worst crisis of the past 75 years due to COVID-19, and signs of deteriorating economies are increasingly evident. On the healthcare front, the exponential rise of infection cases has collapsed healthcare systems at the global level. On the economic front, several indicators suggest that the economic activity has plummeted all around the globe.

In Peru, although there are signs of a slight flattening of the curve of COVID-19 cases, the more than 40 days of quarantine have not been enough to contain the virus. In this line, the government has been forced to extend the mandatory social distancing measures until May 10.

Given this situation and considering some key assumptions, APOYO Consultoria estimates that this year, GDP will fall 10%-12% in real terms, formal employment will be reduced by 20%, and private investment, by 40%-50%. Because this is an unprecedented crisis and the level of uncertainty is very high, economic growth will depend on the evolution of many factors, such as global economic growth, further extensions of the quarantine, economic measures carried out by the government, among others.

Up to now, the government’s economic response have moved in the right direction to mitigate the impact of this severe crisis. This response has included the granting of a subsidy to the most vulnerable families, a payroll subsidy, tax and financial relief for companies, liquidity lines with State guarantees, “perfect suspension” of work, and the financing of this economic program through external debt with low rates.

However, there are three important risks that could limit impact of the government’s measures on economic activity: i) that shortcomings in public administration and in the healthcare system will jeopardize the control of the virus spread and the reopening of the economy, ii) that social discontent will increase and generate violence, as well as a wave of populist measures, and iii) that the gradual process of reopening economic sectors will not be adequate.

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OUR PERSPECTIVE

Elecciones 2021

Fujimori plantea una continuación del marco constitucional vigente, que en términos económicos prioriza la inversión privada. En contraste, Castillo proyecta un cambio profundo en el marco legal y, por tanto, una nueva dirección económica para el país. En este último caso, existe el riesgo de que se materialice una mayor participación del Estado en diversos sectores clave, incluso sin cambios constitucionales notorios.

SEGMENTO CORPORATIVO

La mayoría de las empresas del segmento corporativo no tendrán que mantenerse en modo “ajuste de costos” por varios años para repagar su deuda, y podrán destinar una parte de sus ingresos a retomar sus proyectos de inversión.

Bolivia 2006-2019

Es cierto que durante el periodo en que Evo Morales estuvo en el poder (2006-2019), la economía boliviana destacó en la región y alcanzó algunos logros sociales sobresalientes. Sin embargo, esos resultados fueron, en conjunto, inferiores a los que el Perú consiguió en el mismo periodo.

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