The former president of CongressMaría del Carmen Alva, questioned the speech given by Prime Minister Aníbal Torres at the closing ceremony of the 35th edition of the peruminin Arequipa.
In his words, Torres called on mining investors to continue trusting in Peru, but then insinuated that mining companies should pay their taxes and that investments should be developed with respect for the environment and workers’ rights.
For Alva, the Executive, represented by Torres, shows a double discourse in relation to mining investment. “There is a double discourse that is not understood. Mr. Torres begins here by saying that they are pro-private investment, but immediately insinuates that they do not pay taxes. Of course, the mining companies pay their taxes and quite a bit.”, Alva indicated after also participating in the ceremony.
The parliamentarian also questioned that Torres has directly asked the mining companies to build schools and various works. “He has asked them to build schools, basic service works. East Executive does not understand that they must do the works, there is no important work that this Government is leaving in his first year,” he added.
The Popular Action congresswoman also recommended to Torres not to continue with the speech about changing the Constitution because that way the Executive will continue to increase private investment.