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Introducing Peru

Peru has reached the status of an upper-middle-income economy, following two decades of remarkable economic growth. This is largely attributed to Peru’s sound macroeconomic policies and economic openness, resulting in renewed investor confidence and improved infrastructure to support Peru’s competitiveness and productivity growth.  The main economic sectors according to their contribution to gross domestic product (Central Bank of Peru, 2019) are commerce and services (61.1%), mining and fuel (12.9%), manufacturing (12.3%), construction (5.8%), agriculture and livestock (5.6%).

Building a more diversified economy and strengthening productivity are at the core of Peru economic policies, namel the National Policy of Competitiveness and Productivity (2018) and the National Plan of Competitiveness and Productivity (2019).

Peru is engaged in numerous free trade agreements at the multilateral, regional or bilateral levels, including the World Trade Organization, the Pacific Alliance, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, and agreements with the European Union, China and the United States of America, among others. According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, in 2018, total exports from Peru reaching a record high of US$ 47,709 million.

PCP Peru

Fostering modern, competitive and inclusive industry in Peru

In December 2015, the Government of Peru and UNIDO began developing a holistic programme to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrialization in Peru. The Programme for Country Partnership for Peru (PCP Peru) seeks to facilitate the mobilization of partners, expertise and resources to help advance modern, competitive and inclusive industry in Peru in line with the national development strategy, Plan Bicentenario: El Perú hacia el 2021 (Plan 2021). 

The PCP rests on a multi-stakeholder partnership between development partners, UN agencies, financial institutions, and the business sector, under the overall leadership of the Government of Peru.

The PCP’s implementation phase started in January 2018 with several technical projects launched within the programme’s priority areas.  PCP Peru focuses on four main areas: (i) quality and innovation; (ii) value chain and enterprise development; (iii) sustainable industrial parks and zones; and (iv) industrial resource and energy efficiency and renewable energy. The programme also supports cross-cutting areas such as policy development and gender mainstreaming.

Through the PCP, UNIDO provides advisory services to the government on industry-related issues, delivers multidisciplinary technical assistance, and facilitates overall coordination and the convening of partners. The various technical projects and programmes are implemented by UNIDO and other development partners, and coordinated through national governing bodies.


PCP Peru supports the following national targets from the Plan 2021, inter alia:




  1. National Advisory Board

    The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) established a Multi-Sectoral Commission in 2019, through a Presidential Decree, to take on the strategic role of the PCP Advisory Board.

    The Board is composed of the Ministry of Production, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

  2. Partner and Donor Working Group (PDWG)

    Established in 2021, under the auspices of the Ministry of Production. The PDWG will serve as the main focal point for coordination with bilateral and multilateral partners, including financial institutions, regarding resource mobilization and allocation for the PCP. It will include representatives from public institutions, field offices of partners and donors, private sector associations, as well as financial establishments.

    UNIDO will act as a technical advisor to the PDWG, helping to facilitate coordination and complementarities between the various donor and partner interventions.

  3. UNIDO’s Coordination Structure

    The PCP Peru Programme Manager – UNIDO’s Representative for Peru, Colombia, Guyana and Suriname, based at the Regional Office in Bogota − leads the coordination and implementation of the programme, together with a multidisciplinary technical team based at the Organization’s headquarters in Vienna.

    In addition, a national PCP Coordination Office is located at the premises of the Ministry of Production in Peru.


National public sector - Ministry of Production, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, National Finance Corporation (COFIDE).

National private sector - National Association of Industries (SNI), Lima’s Chamber of Commerce (CCL); Exporters Association (ADEX).

Financial institutions - Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank - International Finance Corporation, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Global Environment Facility.

Multilateral - European Union.

Bilateral – Switzerland (SECO), China, Austria, Germany (GIZ), Republic of Korea, Japan, Spain.

UN System - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).


The PCP will be aligned with Peru’s new National Plan for Competitiveness and Productivity, and a new set of prioritized technical assistance initiatives will be designed by the Ministry of Production and UNIDO for engagement with partners and donors.

UNIDO will support the Government in identifying funding opportunities from bilateral and multilateral partners, including financial institutions.

On the policy side, the PCP will accompany, orient and provide advisory services to Peru’s Ministry of Production (Produce) in the formulation of a New National Industrial Development Policy to help accelerate industrial development and competitiveness in Peru, and continue supporting the implementation of the National Roadmap towards Circular Economy in Industry.