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Peru is taking “clear and determined” steps to address the circular economy

Lima, Feb 22 (EFE) .- Peru is taking “clear and determined” steps to address the transformation of its production towards a horizon of “circular economy”, an important advance to maintain and even increase its dealings with the European Union in which Markets will be “increasingly difficult” to enter with “linear” goods. This is how the ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Peru, Diego Mellado, valued Efe when taking stock of the III International Circular Economy Forum that took place in the country last week, a meeting in which senior Peruvian officials, from the European Commission, from various countries in the region, as well as businessmen and producers analyzed the challenges of transforming economies towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly system. According to Mellado, the meeting allowed to verify the existence of a greater commitment and concern of both the Peruvian private economic agents and the State, beyond political ups and downs, in the promotion of the “circular economy” and in the consolidation of a concept that Three years ago it was just a novelty and now an unavoidable commitment. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE “The important thing is that very clear and determined steps have already been taken in the right direction. This year, and also the previous one, we have also seen the involvement of the private sector. There are more companies and more entrepreneurs mobilized, of many sectors, which see options and are interested in this transformation of production, “said the ambassador. In this sense, the meeting, which was held entirely in digital format, allowed to mobilize not only public authorities, but also “many more businessmen, from various sectors.” “And when one sees that the private sector is fully involved and business alliances and contacts are established, for commercial issues or for the dissemination of technologies, when one sees that they are discovering new value chains that arise from what was previously waste and that now can be inputs from other industries … It is a new economy that is emerging, it is something very concrete. When the private sector enters fully into it, it is seen that it is already pointing in the new direction, “he said. However, Mellado also highlighted the commitment of the Peruvian government in this debate on the circular economy, whose outstanding participation (three ministers and several senior officials), with whom the EU also maintains a very fluid dialogue on the new economy and the environmental requirements of the commercial bloc, speaks of the consolidation of “State policies” in this matter. “That this event itself has been carried out for three years in a row with success, and despite the pandemic, it is continuity, it is consolidation. It is seen that a State policy has emerged. Peru has a fairly large ministerial instability, but despite everything we see coherence in that policy, in trying to position Peru in the ecological, circular and sustainable economic transition, “he said. INEVITABLE FUTURE Mellado also indicated that this commitment points to a future that is already imminent and that it will have an EU that will only favor sustainable imports and will make it more complicated to import products that “do not follow a circular economy or damage the environment” . “But it will not just be us. Japan, the US, other markets in the European area of ​​influence, or even in the South American region … All these markets can evolve towards sustainable production and we will have to adapt,” he said. The context of the global pandemic of covid-19 is also, in the opinion of the European authorities, a reason to further promote this change and not a pretext for not doing so. “The debate is whether now we have to get out of the crisis anyway, bet on a man for himself, and then we see what happens with the circular economy, or take the option, which is ours, that with the crisis we can rebuild something better, greener and ready for the future, “he added. Thus, the EU’s message for Peru is “yes, this is the time to innovate”. “The pandemic has to make everyone reflect on global problems. And climate change will surely be a global problem. That is why we must react now,” said the ambassador. PERUVIAN STRENGTHS In this context of the transformation of the economy, Mellado indicated that the agro-industrial sectors, “where Peru has a competitive advantage”, are the ones that should be able to adapt “as soon as possible” and fully enter into the ecological transition and sustainability. “Here Peru has many options,” he noted. The Peruvian textile and fashion sector also has a lot of room to advance and demonstrate “that it can be profitable as an industry and sector that adapts.” On the negative side, Peru’s greatest difficulties in tackling this change appear to be financing needs, as it is clear that “transformation requires adaptation, and that comes at a cost.” “This change must be encouraged. And ‘linear’ production must also be discouraged, which continues to be profitable. That is a reality. That is why negative externalities must be given a cost,” he concluded. (c) EFE Agency

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