UPDATE 1-Peru launches economic package amid worries of slowing growth
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LIMA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Peru's finance ministry on Thursday unveiled an economic package it says can help lift the economy at times of a global slowdown and falling copper prices, which are key to the country's economy.
Finance Minister Kurt Burneo said the measures could boost gross domestic product growth by 0.6% this year and by 0.8% in 2023.
The announcement comes just weeks after Peru's finance ministry announced economic growth projections that exceeded analysts consensus. The ministry expects GDP growth of 3.3% this year, while analysts polled by Refinitiv forecasts 2.6%.
The cost of the incentive package, much of which still needs to be approved by Congress, totals 3 billion soles, Burneo said. The package includes incentives for private investors, including in mining exploration, as well as heavier public spending.
Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer and falling prices of the red metal are hitting tax coffers after record revenue in 2021.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo came to office last year with a far-left platform that spooked investors and sent the country's sol currency to record lows.
But he has since moderated his stance and picked moderates for the key finance ministry in a bid to maintain trust with investors. (Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino; editing by Diane Craft)