Whichever candidate wins the presidential election on 5 June, it now seems certain that the new administration will be pro free market – good news for businesses interested in investing in Peru. Now is as a good a time as ever to start a company in Peru.
Today Peru is one of the most stable economies in Latin America with an abundance of natural resources and a good level of political stability. The Peruvian economy is the seventh largest in Latin America and results for the first quarter of 2016 show that the economy grew 6% compared to the same period last year. At 60% of GDP the services sector is the largest growth contributor, followed by telecommunications with 40%, and industry with 35%.
Keen to promote the development of the financial and technological know-how necessary to develop the country’s abundant natural resources, Peru has a strong legal framework that supports foreign investment. Foreign investment is governed by the Peruvian Constitution, the Foreign Investment Promotion Law, and the Framework for Private Investment Growth.
If you decide to invest in Peru or set up an independent business in Peru you can be certain of the following rights:
- The same treatment as national investors
- Freedom to work and operate within business, trade, and industry
- Freedom to engage in a private business in a market based economy
- Free competition and zero tolerance for monopolistic abuse
- Freedom to hire workers
- Power of the state to put in place guarantees and grant securities pursuant to contract law
- Right to submit controversies from contractual relationships for national or international arbitration
- Freedom to hold and dispose of foreign currency
Foreign investments in Peru do not require prior authorization and the acquisition of local investor shares is allowed through stock exchange or other schemes.
In terms of ownership foreign individuals or corporate bodies enjoy the same rights as nationals. However, foreigners may not acquire mines, land, woods, water, fuels, and energy sources within fifty kilometers from international borders, except in the case of public necessity. If the latter is the case this must be expressly declared by a supreme decree and approved by congress.
Foreign investments in Peru may be made in any income-generating activity, under any of the following forms established by law:
- Direct Foreign Investment, as contribution to capital stock
- Contributions to the development of contract- based joint ventures
- Investment in goods and properties located in Peru
- Portfolio investments
- Intangible technological contributions
- Any other investment relating to the development of the country
When it comes to capital investments and collections in Peru, investors enjoy the following benefits:
- Freedom to engage in commercial and industrial activities and in foreign trade
- Right to repatriate profits or dividends, after payment of taxes
- Right to use the most favorable market exchange rate
- Right to repatriate capital investment proceeds, whether stock sale, capital reductions, or total or partial liquidation of investments
- Unrestricted access to domestic loans
- Free purchase of technology and free remittance of royalties
- Freedom to buy shares from local investors
- Right to hire investment insurance
- Right to enter legal stability agreements with the state for investments in Peru
If you need further information about the legal framework and advantages to setup your business in Peru, our Biz Latin Hub (www.bizlatinhub.com) team will be glad to assist you in the process. Contact us for free consultation.