Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Promises , promises , always promises

Peru's economy has grown at a rate of 9% and exports have tripled in the last five years . Shopping malls and new high-rise blocks of flat are springing up as part of a construction boom and the rising middle class is quickly developing an appetite for shopping.

"Peru at this moment is the brightest star in the firmament of humanity," President Garcia declares at the summit. "No-one doubts that."

Yet much of the growth has emerged from the country's largely urban coast, a world apart from the impoverished rural highlands where poverty has become an increasingly big problem in recent years.
For them, promises made by world leaders at the summit - to reduce poverty, to reduce the impact of rising food prices, and to tackle climate change - offer little hope.

"Nothing has really changed for the poor, especially in the provinces, except that the food prices have gone up," says Noemi Dioses, a 34-year-old single mother who works as a carer in Lima. "He's not governing for us," she says, accusing President Garcia of "governing for the big businessmen and the foreign investors... All the lovely fruit and vegetables that are grown here get exported," she says. "We're not enjoying the fruits of this boom."


Renegade Eye said...

I doubt if Garcia will be reelected.

gray said...

Middle Class, Alan? A faux pas surely
as we've always vigoroulsy attaked that sociological definition of white collar, slightly better off prole?