Peruvian government promotes investment to improve connectivity in rural areas, says president
The Peruvian government will continue to create the conditions for better connectivity in rural parts of the country, President Ollanta Humala Tasso said at the launch of a satellite broadband project in Lima on Monday.
Speaking at the opening of O3b Networks' satellite ground station in Lurin, south of Lima, Humala said that better connectivity involves not only the construction of roads, railways and bridges but also the provision of Internet services.
The new facility, operated by global satellite services provider O3b Networks, will make it possible to deliver affordable broadband Internet access to rural communities in the capital and across the country.
This way more people will benefit from telemedicine services and access to educational training and language courses, "giving them the freedom to choose a path that will bring tangible benefits," he stated.
"We must provide citizens with enough technological resources so that they can manage their time in a creative and productive manner," said the president at Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by O3b CEO Steve Collar and Peruvian Minister of Transport and Communications Carlos Paredes.
Finally, Humala said the opening of this satellite ground station, also known as Peru Gateway, is further evidence that the Andean country continues to support and promote foreign investment.
Lima, November 25th, 2013.
Peruvian president casts ballot in Lima's municipal elections
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso joined more than six million of voters in the New Municipal Elections of Metropolitan Lima on Sunday.
The head of state cast his ballot at the polling station at Ricardo Palma university in Lima's Surco district.
His wife, First Lady Nadine Heredia, cast her vote at the polling center at Jorge Chavez school, also in Surco.
The election was to choose 22 new town council members who will replace those who were ousted during a recall vote in March this year.
A total of 6,490,150 citizens were eligible to vote, according to the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE).
Lima, November 24th, 2013.
President Humala inaugurates thermo plant in Lima
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso on Friday inaugurated a "high-efficiency" 208MW thermoelectric power plant in the coastal desert south of Lima, Peru.
Located in the Chilca district in Cañete province, the Santo Domingo de los Olleros thermo plant is fueled by natural gas from the Camisea fields in Cusco.
In his remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Humala noted that the plant will benefit about 1.5 million Peruvians in its initial phase, making Chilca a "strategic area for the country."
The simple cycle plant, run by Peru-based Termochilca SAC, is the most powerful and efficient plant in Peru's National Interconected Electricity System and is part of efforts to meet the growing power demand in Lima.
"This project is a signal of the government's political willingness to move towards the consolidation of an energy matrix, as part of an industrial development policy aimed at encouraging domestic and foreign investment," he added.
The plant will supply 208MW to the National Interconected Electricity System after an investment of $128.5 million in the first stage of the project, according to the company.
Lima, November 22nd, 2013.
Traditional Peruvian dances captivate Bolivarian athletes
Foreign athletes participating in the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Peru were treated to an evening of traditional Peruvian music and dance at the Government Palace in Lima on Wednesday.
At the invitation of President Ollanta Humala, the delegations enjoyed a variety of mesmerizing dance performances by the Elenco Nacional de Folclore (National Folklore Troupe) during the "Retablo" show.
“Estampa Ayacuchana”, “Iopatati” (Ucayali), “Criollos de todos los tiempos” (Lima), “Tondero Negro” (Piura), “Saqras” (Cusco), “Festejo con zapateo” (Ica), “Marinera del Pisco con Chalanes”, “Carnaval de Cajamarca” and “Diablada” (Puno) were some of the dances that were presented during the cultural event.
The show was called "Retablo" in reference to a sophisticated Andean folk art in the form of portable boxes which depict religious, historical, or everyday events that are important to the Indigenous people of the highlands of Peru.
Lima, November 20th, 2013.
President Humala swears in Walter Alban as interior minister
Walter Alban Peralta has been sworn in as Peru's new minister of internal affairs, replacing Wilfredo Pedraza.
President Ollanta Humala administered the oath of office to him at a ceremony in the Golden Hall of the Government Palace on Tuesday.
Alban recently served as Peru's permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).
He was the People's Ombudsman from 2000 to 2005 after serving as first Deputy-Ombudsman from 1996 to 2000, under the leadership of Jorge Santisteban de Noriega.
Lima, November 19th, 2013.