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Peru's main gas field at Camisea (photo:dpa)

Guerilla obstacle in the path of Peru’s economic prosperity

Peru is enjoying a period of growth but it is still beset with the long-standing conflict with the Shining Path guerilla group. The insurgents are not the force they once were, but they can still cause trouble for the country’s essential gas supply.

PERU has had a good year. It ended 2012 with an economic growth rate of seven per cent. And recent figures show that the proportion of the population now officially classed as living in poverty has been halved in the last decade.

Now some 27 per cent of the population is officially classed as living in poverty compared with 54 per cent.

The projection for 2013 also looks good, with figures p...

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 Carlos Basombrio
The continued presence of the Shining Path rebel group could upset Peru's prosperity.
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